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President Obama Does First Formal TV Interview as President with Al-Arabiya

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posted on Jan, 26 2009 @ 09:37 PM
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President Obama Does First Formal TV Interview as President with Al-Arabiya


blogs.abcnews.com

As special envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell heads off to the region to begin work on negotiating a cease fire between Israel and the Palestinians, President Obama has sat for his first formal TV interview with the Arabic cable TV network Al-Arabiya, ABC News has learned.

The interview was taped this evening and is set to air at 11 pm ET, as Mitchell is in the air and on his way to the region.

Based in Dubai, Al-Arabiya estimates that it has a potential audience exceeding 23 million in the Gulf region.

(visit the link for the full news article)




posted on Jan, 26 2009 @ 09:37 PM
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i just saw some of this on cnn.....the article...sorry for the source....states it will be shown in its entirety at 11 EST. Obama "sounds" good and apparently will be making a speech from a major Muslim city in the next 100 days or so.

Most of the posts at the source show just how good ATS is....lotsa hate and name calling going on there...

blogs.abcnews.com
(visit the link for the full news article)

[edit on 26-1-2009 by prjct]



posted on Jan, 26 2009 @ 09:39 PM
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CNN is replaying this in full. Thanks for informing me. I had no idea this talk was going on.
- second line (don't scold me!)

[edit on 26-1-2009 by ecain]



posted on Jan, 26 2009 @ 10:25 PM
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Why would he grant his first formal interview to them? It seems to me like he's trying to play world leader.



posted on Jan, 26 2009 @ 10:30 PM
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I wonder if somebody is going to edit or twist what he is saying when they translate it?

Be interesting to see how the Arab world will respond to what he says.



posted on Jan, 26 2009 @ 10:33 PM
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I cant help but worry what may come from this.

The bad side of me says "This is where Obama throws on a towel and says, "America .. gimme your 'O' Face..

But seriously .... I would imagine some spinning to be played



posted on Jan, 26 2009 @ 10:34 PM
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Bravo to Pres Obama, he is "on the ball" with many of the most important issues facing the US! Giving that interview is a great idea in my opinion. I am still listening in on the interview......see ya later



posted on Jan, 26 2009 @ 11:00 PM
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Well, finished the interview and I thought it was an effective one. I guess we will see when he appears in a Middle Eastern city and makes a speech. We don't know which city yet. I think he has pretty large "stones" to do that. Bold.



posted on Jan, 26 2009 @ 11:27 PM
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I am very happy that he has taken this step. One in which I was hoping to see. It is so tricky with the interwoven relationship we have with Israel. He is a "bridge" as one on the guests on CNN said. I remain hopeful.



posted on Jan, 27 2009 @ 01:18 AM
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I flagged this because no one is making a fuss of this. Doesn't it seem odd to anyone else that President Obama's first interview as President isn't with one of our major news networks? Wouldn't you think he would have a little courtesey and give an interview to one of our networks first? Is this ringing any bells WHATSOEVER in your heads that, after all the allegations, of his ties with the radical muslim world??? Wouldn't you think that it is okay to talk to the Arab world, after you spoke with the people that supported you? I hope he does work things out with the radical nuts, but it would have digested better had he not turned his back on our news networks first. It's really quite hilarious seeing that every person that has came out to support him gets rejected by him after he got what he wants...
Remember a few other things on top of this too... take a hard look if you will...

1: He is closing Gitmo.

2: His pick for Treasury Secretary (Geithner) did not pay his taxes for 3 or more years.

3. He is pushing for an additional 850 billion dollars out of YOUR pocket to fix crap that YOU DID NOT MESS UP.

That's all fine and dandy with me... just tell me when you are done grabbing your ankles...





posted on Jan, 27 2009 @ 01:48 AM
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I wonder if he will be friend the same group Bush did during his time or does President Obama have a whole different set of connections?

This is an important interview and one that will set the stage for how he conducts himself diplomatically while still sending the message of strenght.

He had better walk tall and carry a big stick...

What if he really is Lincoln reborn?


Here is an email I recieved yesterday:
History Mystery






Have a history teacher explain this----- if they can.






Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846.
John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.

Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860.
John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.

Both were particularly concerned with civil rights.
Both wives lost their children while living in the White House.

Both Presidents were shot on a Friday.
Both Presidents were shot in the head

Now it gets really weird.

Lincoln 's secretary was named Kennedy.
Kennedy's Secretary was named Lincoln .

Both were assassinated by Southerners.
Both were succeeded by Southerners named Johnson.

Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808.
Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.








John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln, was born in 1839.

Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born
in 1939.






Both assassins were known by their three names.
Both names are composed of fifteen letters.

Now hang on to your seat.

Lincoln was shot at the theater named 'Ford'.
Kennedy was shot in a car called ' Lincoln ' made by 'Ford'.

Lincoln was shot in a theater and his assassin ran and hid in a warehouse.
Kennedy was shot from a warehouse and his assassin ran and hid in a theater.

Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials.

And here's the kicker...

A week before Lincoln was shot, he was in Monroe , Maryland
A week before Kennedy was shot, he was in Marilyn Monroe.



posted on Jan, 27 2009 @ 01:59 AM
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This is bizarre. I just had a vision

Obama announces on tv he's going to Haj, with Amadenajad, and the Saudi King. He then invites the Christians and Jews for the big happy get-together, but they have to decline due to religious restrictions of the Saudi Government concerning no Jews shall enter their land and no non-Muslims can go to Haj.

Think it's possible?
Maybe it's something we can look forward to.
Anythings possible.



posted on Jan, 27 2009 @ 02:15 AM
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Originally posted by ChilliCheese
I flagged this because no one is making a fuss of this. Doesn't it seem odd to anyone else that President Obama's first interview as President isn't with one of our major news networks? Wouldn't you think he would have a little courtesey and give an interview to one of our networks first? Is this ringing any bells WHATSOEVER in your heads that, after all the allegations, of his ties with the radical muslim world??? Wouldn't you think that it is okay to talk to the Arab world, after you spoke with the people that supported you? I hope he does work things out with the radical nuts, but it would have digested better had he not turned his back on our news networks first. It's really quite hilarious seeing that every person that has came out to support him gets rejected by him after he got what he wants...
Remember a few other things on top of this too... take a hard look if you will...

1: He is closing Gitmo.

2: His pick for Treasury Secretary (Geithner) did not pay his taxes for 3 or more years.

3. He is pushing for an additional 850 billion dollars out of YOUR pocket to fix crap that YOU DID NOT MESS UP.

That's all fine and dandy with me... just tell me when you are done grabbing your ankles...




First off wow i just say, wow this guy is really going into the fight with head first. Really admire a man like Obama who starts the talking with "his enemies" to set up some ground rules for lasting peace.

Hahaha its understandable that he won´t give the first interview to any of your major networks, since all they have done is fear mongering and spitted hatred out.

1.Closing Guantanamo was maybe one of the best theing he could do if you wanna look better in the eyes of rest of the world(the mass outside your country on an atlas).

2.I have heard it was against the constitution to pay tax and there is no where in the constitution it says that you must do so.

3.Funny how all you Neo conservative didnt shout up when bush gave all his friends around 1.6 trillions but when Obama tries to raise some work and some interneal economic you cry fault right on..

Best regards.

Loke.

Ps.

Get over it, he is your President now, democracy has spoken and you lost.

[edit on 27-1-2009 by Loke.]



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