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Obama Interview with Al-Arabiya Cause for Arab Shame

 

"In the eyes of the world, we Arabs are the delinquent students who draw the attention of the school principal, and we're feeling the euphoria that troublemakers get when they attract the principal's attention."

 

By Mohammad Al-Khalif

 

Translated By James Jacobson

 

February 1, 2009

 

Saudi Arabia - Al-Riyadh - Original Article (Arabic)

 

President Obama with one of the first world leaders he called upon entering office: Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas, from Obama's brief visit to Rumallah lasy May.

 

CNN NEWS VIDEO: Al-Arabiya's Washington Bureau Chief Hisham Melhem describes his interview with President Obama, Jan. 27, 00:04:04RealVideo

Should we, the Arabs, feel happy and proud that America's new president Barack Obama selected Al-Arabiya to give his first formal interview since entering the White House?! It's a question that I felt I needed to answer, after news of the interview took over most of the world's newspapers sites, including those dedicated to cinema such Variety in the United States. Reports on the interview describe in a variety of ways, from those who say Obama behaved like a supplicant toward the Arab world to others who write that Obama won the enmity of Al-Jazeera by making Al-Arabiya his choice for the interview!

 

The answer to the question, in my view, is that people working in the Arab media should be proud of the achievement by Hisham Melhem, who is a complete professional who represented the Arab press with distinction - and that no one can deny.

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But does that mean, for example, that upon meeting or Chinese or Mexican at a conference, I would say to him, "Hey, pal," like they do in the American movies, "did you know that in deciding which network to give his first interview to, he chose Al-Arabiya?"

 

This "non-Muslim" or "non-Arab" would undoubtedly answer: "The President of the most powerful country in the world doesnt need to direct his speech in our direction, because we're not the ones responsible for the world's problems." This is a fact ... in the end, we Arabs in the eyes of the world are the delinquent students who draw the attention of the school principal, and we're just experiencing the euphoria that troublemakers get when they attract the principal's attention - as though we were actual people of consequence in the world, whereas the truth is that we're a people who cannot control our emotions and who need to be quieted with media bribes, such as during the interview, putting a vase with yellow flowers behind President Obama instead of the American flag.

 

PRESIDENT OBAMA SPEAKS TO THE MUSLIM WORLD

 

All of which is why when Arab media expresses pride and brags about the Obama interview, the real feeling we should have is regret and remorse for being in such a pitiful situation. Because in the end, Obama didn't choose an Arabic news channel because it was superior. Of all the world's news channels, he chose Al-Arabiya for no other reason than that it's "Arab!"

 

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[Posted by WORLDMEETS.US February 2, 4:17pm]