lets HOPEsoto be honesthis relations with what eh calls "the muslim world" is of utmost importance 2 mewell and a closure to guantanamocoz im muslim before im black but yeah anyones better then bushsalaamznaz
I hope he realizes that the US foreign policy in the Middle East MUST change, especially where Israel is concerned. At this point I have high hopes that Obama will make a difference toward that direction.
Just dropped by and enjoyed reading your blog. My son had a Saudi friend in college, he was a Prince however, there are many princes in Saudi Arabia I was told?I am interested in the culture and it warms me to hear about good relationships and the understanding and respect of cultural differences.
What did you think of his speech? Here they say it was somber but very down to earth.
Hi Kris - Yes, there are many members of the royal family. Glad to hear you are enjoying the blog. Thanks.Hi Gutsy - I thought his speech was appropriate. He can't promise miracles and we can't expect them either. I believe his tone was guarded optimism and very appropriate for stepping into the big mess ahead of him.
Hi Gutsy - One more thing - I think it is so refreshing to finally have a great orator back in the White House once again after listening to 8 years to a dunce who can't think and talk at the same time.
The world now has a leader with an able mind. He has very high expectations to meet and has come in a time of unprecedented economic crisis. His composure and approach towards this cumbersome task are inspirational.Go Obama!
I couldn't bear to hear Mr Bush either. I'd have to turn the radio off when he was on. We've been starved for intelligence and character, and fortunately we are getting so much more with President Obama.
He is so charismatic! I hope he brings about positive change. I was so happy to see the Bushes leave :)It only happens in USA that a black man is elected and it also only happens in USA that Bush was re-elected :D
I actually read something in the New Yorker that theorized that the Bush Clan suffers from dyslexia that also affects their ability fully comprehend the meaning of a word or all its nuances of meaning:) - hence the idiot talkI am so excited about Obama, for one thing because my little boys have a Kenyan Muslim father (though he is of mixed race unlike Obama's father) and I am a Caucasian American. I hope he will be a good role model for them, and show them that they can be any thing they want to be and make a difference, even if they are a bit different or have a dead beat dad...(just like Obama did)But I also fear for him, so many people expect so much out of him and he is only one man and the world is such a mess right now, realistically I don't know how much he can fix - and even if he can, he can't do it in a snap of his fingers and sometimes I get the impression that people expect to see an immediate change in everything. I am afraid people will blame him for things that aren't his fault.... anyway, let's see what happens. I hope for the best.
If Obama does even a tenth of the things people expect of him...then all is good...he has a lot of hope placed on his shoulders...alot of responsibility...and his world will be a sad place indeed if he fails to even come close to realizing them.
It was a special day in history. Never before have I had a real interest in American politics, today I felt the whole world was coming together as one.I really hope everything works out for him and all goes well for our world.
I would really, really like to have some hope for change, but just can't see it based on what I've seen so far.Glad to see the back of Bush though :)
I wish you could have been here Susie. It is amazing, incredible and I am so proud to be an American right now. I lived in a totalitarian "monarchy" for five years and benevolent as it appeared to be it made me realize how precious is democracy. I am incredibly proud of the young people of this country--they did it. Mabruuk to the U.S.A. The world is a better place, with God's blessing, today.
Though there will be many in disagreement, the Bush Administration's work was to put everyone on point. Pulled out our business and put it on the street, in full display. It put everyone's belongings in check, walked in and upset the tables. Ease after hardship ...There are no "parties" political or otherwise. At the end of the day, all have dinner together. Daytime it's rend asunder, night-time, make amends. To mistake that otherwise, would be a mistake.If he (Obama) fails, it's because we as a people did nothing to help realize the change that needs to take place.That goes for the USA, that goes for the world.We know what needs to be done. We know how to heal ... we know how to help it's just a matter of becoming engaged and doing it ... But if we don't ... then we all fail, not just a presidency.
I sure wish my mom had lived to see this day. Watching the inauguration on TV was electrifying! I really hope Obama means what he says and that Allah brings about good through him, especially bringing peace to the Middle East.I'm kinda worried that Obama seemed too chummy with Bush when they were walking him to the helicopter. I hope its fake to keep up normal appearances and that he's planning to try him and his cronies for war crimes. I can only hope.
I hope the world doesn't wait for Obama to do all of the work though. We ourselves can be the "hope" and "change" we want to see ~ we don't have to wait for someone else to do it. Obama is inhereting the leadership of America at a very low point in history. Ugh!!! I feel sorry for him!
Inspirational!I feel change coming. Yet one man cannot do it all, it is up to we the people to accept changes. Go Obama!
My sweet Susie, I am still on a happy high!
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Bush is gone,the many days of controlled ruining in Gaza is awful.I so hope the USA get its country back in order.But at the same time talk of being the greatest country in the world changes to being one of many countries in a great world
Hi Susie,I sent you two awards in my posting today. If you have time to respond, great, if not, don't worry. I just thought you deserved them. Take Care,Sonia aka GutsyWriter.
Congrats!I hope very Mr.Obama can change a lot in his country and worldwide!
Presisdent Obama is very important to me. My cousin was President Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation made it possible for African Americans to hold the highest offices in land. That Obama also swore the oath on Lincoln's Bible is important. I am so glad he was elected. My wife and I voted for him as did most people I know.I saw your comment on my blog about the injustice in justice systems. I wonder what a person looks like who receives 1000 lashes. It must kill him or put him or her in the hospital. Abraham Lincoln's Blog
I love your blog. I'm a strong Conservative however, so I'm not an Obama fan. I just wanted to point out that some of us do not believe he is a "dunce" but a man of integrity and faith. I do not agree with President Obama's politics, but I would never speak about his intelligence in a negative way. I hope that conservatives can be big enough to treat our new President with the respect he deserves (just as I feel all Americans should have treated former President Bush, whether you agree with him or not).Once again, I love your blog. I'm fascinated with Saudi. I'm very modest, I would love it if we had abayas here, I'm sick of seeing half naked women LOL!
Oops, in the comment above, I meant to say that some of us do not feel that Bush is a "dunce." I left that out, it looks like I meant Obama which I did not. I wish you could edit your comments, I'm always making typos!
But I'm from Texas, so I understand Bush better than most of yall. That's just how us Texans talk, were born and raised different from the rest of the US (except the South of course):)
Michelle, that is your opinion, and unfortunately many of us don't share your love of Ex-president Bush. How can you support a leader who bluntly went to a war without sufficient proof. Any of us who ever studied foreign politics knew there was NO Al-Qaeda in Iraq. And I am sorry he is a dunce, and if yall Texans can't think and talk at the same time then I feel sorry for you. It doesn't matter whether a person is Conservative or Liberal, crime against humanity IS a crime against humanity. 4 million Iraqis are homeless today, and over half of them are children. Here is US many families scarified so much for the war that could have been avoided. There was no such thing as false intelligence, there was an evil intention.
Michelle, both are men of faith and integrity ... neither are dunces. While both have different approaches, both are meant to work in tandem with the other.Oftentimes the one major distraction and confusing mechanism is that both are opposed or are forever severed by "party affiliation".Where this may have been (and was) the overwhelmingly prominent thrust of politics of the past, it is no longer the case - for the future, walking forward, it will be a joint effort, the parties being "schools of thought" not so much rival factions warring against each other. We can plainly see the result of warring factions in our daily news and hopefully come to realize this is not the best for humanity. The "night does not overtake the day" and the "unsalted water flows amidst and betwixt the salted water ... " The compilation of the criterion(s) are plain in this.I'm from Maryland ... and have been known to say "y'all" as well. Have even said "all y'all" which is said as one word, as you may well know.It's a work in effect ... a curious paradox.
November 4, 2008 and January 20, 2009 were two *amazing* days to be an American; I'm in Italy and it was so wonderful to see Italians get excited for a new administration right along with me :)P.S. Congrats on your being named a finalist in the Bloggies awards; I'm a finalist in the European category, and I'm visiting others as time permits...such great blogs out there!
Aqualung was the last thing in the world I thought I would hear here ... your blog is refreshing. Happy I found you!
Did you know that USA and Europe blocked Wikileaks? What do you think about it? By the way, anybody home?!