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January 27th, 2009
08:18 AM ET

Morning Buzz: President Obama speaks to Muslim World

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/01/27/obama.arabia/art.obama1.gi.jpg caption="Obama spoke with Al-Arabiya yesterday."]

Penny Manis
AC360°Senior Producer

President Obama gave an interview to the Arab Channel Al Arabiya last night.

He said “My job is to communicate to the American people that the Muslim world is filled with extraordinary people who simply want to live their lives and see their children live better lives. My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy.”

He went on to say that when it comes to the Middle East “all too often the United States starts by dictating”. With regard to the Israel/Palestinian issue, he said the moment is right for both sides to realize the path they’re on is not going to result in security for their people and they should return to the negotiating table.

I guess the intvw didn’t make it to the ears of those in that specific region last night, as Palestinian militants set off an explosive device which resulted in the death of an Israeli soldier, causing Israel in turn to fire back and kill a Palestinian in turn. George Mitchell, the new envoy to the Middle East, is in Egypt today trying to revive peace negotiations.

On our side of the pond, it's been quite a bloodbath in terms of job losses. More than 70,000 jobs have been shed in major corporations since the start of the week. Ali Velshi, our Chief Business Correspondent, says he has never seen this loss before in just one day.

President Obama is making an urgent appeal for his estimated $825 billion dollar economic stimulus package and today he meets with House and Senate Republicans separately to get them behind his plan. Tomorrow, the full House votes on a version of this stimulus package.

President Obama could pass this bill if Democrats are united and get behind it, but he wants bi-partisan support. His new Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner took his oath last night and jumped straight into the hot seat. He has his work cut out for him.

Ali Velshi is taking a chunk of the stimulus package every night and explaining exactly what is in it, and tonight he’ll tackle the proposed tax breaks in this bill.

All this and more- check us out at 10pet!


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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Sheik Ali Omar

    Your new president of course has a lot of things he has to do in the coming months to revive the US 's economy as well as revive the sour international relationship especially with Muslim nations after US has wedged war against them.

    Its not an easy job, especially when banks are bankrupts, job loses in varied industries, and growth is negative. What can you do if the failed economic system is again being used? Now let see how Islamic Banks which are mainly free from the downturn will benefit your country in your pursue for recovery. There are many things which we can learn from one another.

    January 28, 2009 at 9:48 am |
  2. skyya

    by the way i can never get enough of obama they can talk about him every minute that's all i watch on TV besides forensic files. i just like reality and more reality

    January 27, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  3. skyya

    obama speech to the muslim world was a righteous thing to do.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  4. The Rich-Denver

    Cindy says, "The only reason they are covering Obama this way is because he is the first black president"

    This statement exposes the truth of why you have a problem with Obama.

    This was for sure an important milstone and news worthy. For me I think CNN's was spot on in the way the interview was covered.

    Great job!

    January 27, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  5. Casey | Sebastopol, CA

    Tori... I respectfully disagree. There is no position that elects such a leader of the free world and I'd argue that many nations have exhibited leadership as free nations.

    The United States only THINKS it is the leader of the free world. Not the same thing.... it is that kind of assumption on this nation's part that leads to resentment from the rest of the world.

    We're just the one with the biggest sticks... and even that may be questionable in the near future. I hope not, but can see how it could change.

    January 27, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  6. Lisa D.

    My, my such vehemence about TV coverage of President Obama....as if that is a bad thing! I don't think the coverage is the result of his being the first President of color but the first President of strong morals and convictions in a long time! If you don't feel he is worthy of coverage, then don't gripe, just turn it off! And remain ignorant of what is happening around you. You can catch up later. He himself said that NOTHING he is faced with will come easily or quickly, so you are re-stating the obvious there. But at least he is pointing us back in the right direction for God's sake. There will always be naysayers and negative thinkers. But if we can sit through coverage of Bush's wars, death, destruction, arrogance, narrow-mindedness and buffonery, I am happy to sit through whatever my President is trying to do to change the course of our misguided nation! Happy he is where he is!

    January 27, 2009 at 2:11 pm |
  7. Donna-Montreal

    Lori: I live in a free country (Canada) and Obama is not my leader.

    Obama is a great man and I wish him the best of luck but please stop saying that he's the leader of the free world. He is the leader of the United States of America. That's all.

    January 27, 2009 at 12:42 pm |
  8. tori

    Cindy: the President of the United States is the leader of the free world.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:33 am |
  9. Carol B., Virginia

    While the coverage is valid and encouraging, it seems like some of the pundits on different stations are going overboard with their effusiveness.Shouldn't pundits from both parties strive to keep a balance of objectivity whether or not their first choice is the leader? There's a lot of "schisms" in the road ahead and not all of them are going to be smoothly filled.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:26 am |
  10. Cindy

    @ mel mel...Just because Obama speaks doesn't mean that there will be perfect peace like you think! The Muslims that hate us will always hate us regardless of what he or anyone else says...it seems you need to get with the times!! Obama is not God and will not bring perfect peace to the world! O..and Obama is not the leader of the world, just the U.S.A.

    Did CNN cover every little thing monotonously that Bush did? How about Clinton!? I can tell you...NO!! The only reason they are covering Obama this way is because he is the first black president. They think they have to cover every little thing he does. It's ridiculous!

    There are other news stories going on in the world. They could have done Obama's interview in one or two segments not the whole show.

    Cindy...Ga.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  11. tori

    Cindy, Obama's interview IS real news. We cannot ignore what is happening there.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  12. Michelle

    Kudos to 360 for airing the Obama interview.
    That is true journalism and a rarity these days.
    We now live in a global community, like it or not.
    Lets hope President Obama and his economic
    team can things going. It seems to me jobs is key.
    If people believe they have steady income they
    will spend money. Outside of CNN I watch a lot
    of Bloomberg as well and economists appearing
    on the network say the stimulus amount must be
    right.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:00 am |
  13. Pat Canada

    Mike it must be hard to live in your world. Your posts are always full of negativity. War begets more war, hatred more hatred. Americans don't all have the same view of the world and nations and neither do Muslims, Palestinians, Arabs etc. Do we continue to annihilate Nations due to the mind set held by their MINORITY. Iraq one example, Palestine another. Did we learn nothing from the Holocaust?

    January 27, 2009 at 10:00 am |
  14. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont

    The Obama interview was right on the money he is trying to speak to the muslim world as a region to acheive solutions to the crisis. This is the only path to peace. The U.S. dicates the Palestinan 's and Isrealis but this will nver acheive peace. Thanks to 360 for putting John Deere on the board last night to recognize the losses in the maufacturing indusrtry it's hitting hard here in Ontario.

    Have a great day
    Michelle D.

    January 27, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  15. karen-phoenix

    Good Job President Obama!!!! I am soooo proud of you!!!! Finnally, finnally we have a President who TALK and try to work problems out without being the "bully" of the world and threatening to bomb everyone!!!! Loved President Obama's talk to the Arabs! Even watched it twice! Again at 2AM!!!

    January 27, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  16. Pat Canada

    I found Obama's Speech to the Muslim World a Breath of Fresh Air after the last eight years! Finally, a President with a Passion for Peace, Respects World Nations and their People, Invites, is willing to engage in honest, congruous, Diplomatic Relations, offers a hand in friendship while standing firm on principles and constitution. What could be negative? And CNN, I totally enjoyed last night's coverage. I think Obama earned every tidbit and more!

    January 27, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  17. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Let's see, Muslims attacked us unprovoked on 9/11 killing thousands. News reports at the time showed the 'Muslim man-in-the-street' reaction: celebrations. Explain to me why they aren't my enemy? There's supposed to be this mythical non-violent Muslim majority. Yet you never hear them condemn the violence of Al Queda or Hamas. Seems to be very much like the 'good' Germans in the 1930's who stood by while the Nazi's took over and plunged the world into war. If there truly is a non-violent Muslim majority, it's time for them to step up and rein in the violence. THEN we can talk about peace.

    January 27, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  18. Mel Mel

    Wow Cindy,

    Your ignorance is staggering. Obama is the leader of the free world and he is addressing a region, we have been told for the past eight years, where our greatest threat resides and you act like it's a fluff piece? I don't care when he hiccups but I do care about what he has to say to the Muslim and Arab world. Especially when we have threats out there and there is yet another crisis going on between Israel and Palestine. To say that you don't care is extremely isolationist. That is something we can no longer afford to be. Get with the times!!

    January 27, 2009 at 9:25 am |
  19. Cindy

    OK...I have to say that enough is enough!! Last night's coverage of Obama's speech was totally not necessary! To use up the whole show for that was just ridiculous! I had hoped that after the election that we would get back to actual news but I guess that is out of the question huh!? You all are spending way too much time talking about every little thing that Obama does! What next...are you going to report every time he laughs, hiccups or goes to the bathroom!? Come on PLEASE move on!! PLEASE!!!

    Cindy...Ga.

    January 27, 2009 at 9:07 am |
  20. Martin

    I'm not sure if these job numbers are accurate? Or are these major companies just cleaning house because it's the ideal time to get rid of workers? Copycat effect.

    January 27, 2009 at 9:02 am |