Obama Calls Abbas First, Is He Special?


President Obama, with Vice President Biden, finishes signing one of his executive orders on his first full day in office.

Obama called Paletinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas first, what does this mean?

From TimesOnline:

President Obama placed the Middle East at the forefront of his first hours in office yesterday as he sought to make good on his promise of “ushering in a new era of peace”.


The spokesman for President Abbas revealed that Mr Obama had told the Palestinian leader that their conversation was his first with a foreign statesman since taking office. Mr Obama also spoke to President Mubarak of Egypt, Ehud Olmert, the Israeli Prime Minister, and King Abdullah of Jordan.

Via: memeorandum

Photo: By Gerald Martineau — The Washington Post

Don’t You Feel For Obama?

NewsBusters.org has a great article about the TimesOnline’s view on the situation in Gaza.

The Palestinians raise their kids to hate Jews. The Israelis have endured decades of acts of terror against their own children and have generally acted with forbearance in reply. The UN has been vehemently and irrationally anti-Israeli since day one. The questions of “right of return” and the “two state solution” have dogged international politics for a long time. And what is the Timesonline worried about? Are they worried about the safety of Jewish children. Are they concerned of the improvement in quality of life for Palestinian children? No, none of that. The Times is worried that all this will hurt poor Barack Obama and his wonderful plans for a foreign policy that will at last bring us peace in our times.


Is there a word about the poor Israeli kids being killed by terrorist Katyusha rockets? Maybe a word about Israeli planes responding, killing Palestinian folks? Nah, who cares about all that? We are more interested in how this thing impacts The One!

Read the full article here.

Do you also worry that Obama’s job will be a little harder than he imagined?