Actually this was his second apology speech to the Muslim World.
He also apologized for America two months ago in Turkey.
Obama doesn’t seem to think that liberating 50,000,000 Muslims from two of the world’s most brutal regimes counted for much.
Obama speaks on Palestinian suffering– recognizes Hamas.
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks in the Grand Hall of Cairo University in Cairo June 4, 2009. Obama told world Muslims on Thursday that violent extremists have exploited tensions between Muslims and the West, and that Islam was not part of the problem but part of promoting peace. (REUTERS/Larry Downing)
Barack Obama spoke today to the Muslim World today from Cairo University.
The Politico reported:
“I am a Christian, but my father came from a Kenyan family that includes generations of Muslims,” he said. “As a boy, I spent several years in Indonesia and heard the call of the azaan at the break of dawn and the fall of dusk. As a young man, I worked in Chicago communities where many found dignity and peace in their Muslim faith.”
The comments in what he called “the timeless city of Cairo” are by far the most extensive he has made about his Muslim roots. Obama added another personal note as he insisted on greater religious freedom throughout the world: “I saw it firsthand as a child in Indonesia, where devout Christians worshiped freely in an overwhelmingly Muslim country. That is the spirit we need today.”
Here’s more from his apology speech:
In a gesture to the Islamic world, Obama conceded at the beginning of his remarks that tension “has been fed by colonialism that denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims, and a Cold War in which Muslim-majority countries were often treated as proxies without regard to their own aspirations.”
“And I consider it part of my responsibility as president of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear,” said the president, who recalled hearing prayer calls of “azaan” at dawn and dusk while living in Indonesia as a boy.
Full text of the speech can be found here.
I bet the terrorists were laughing it up while this pseudo-traitor stood on their soil saying exactly what they wanted to hear. If it weren’t for the baked-in ideology of hate that drives them to want to kill us simply for existing, I would say we could officially cancel the war on terror – with a leader like Obama, our enemies have found a tremendous ally who appears to be on their side most of the time.
On that note, I wonder if Obama’s ever going to say something good about his own country or the American people? At this point I doubt it – he’s had plenty of opportunity, but hasn’t done it. I believe this is going to be a major, major mistake over time. I wouldn’t be surprised if this attitude of constant groveling and self-loathing came back to bite him because no matter what Americans may think on the issues, I just can’t fathom that too many actually agree with Obama that America sucks, Americans suck, and that America is always, always, ALWAYS wrong and sucky. It’s already very tiresome, and I can’t imagine it will get any better. Obama’s apologies and back-pedaling are going to suddenly look very shallow, ineffective, and grossly inappropriate after the next terrorist attack kills innocent Americans. Just a thought.
I’ll post more professional analysis as it comes out.
There’s my two cents.