Egyptian Chronicles: Obama and misusing the expression

Monday, July 14, 2008

Obama and misusing the expression

Back to the American elections.
Obama said that he misused the expression when he said that Jerusalem should be under the Israeli Control in front of AIPAC. I guess you remember this big blunder which is against the Security Council order of 1967 the very famous 242. He had to retreat especially that it affected negatively on his image in the Arabic/Islamic World , do not forget the Democrats were so happy that he helped to raise again the American popularity in this part of the world. Also he is visiting the Middle East  and he does not want to fall in the same mistake of McCain. But he can’t  say that he was sorry because this means that he was wrong ,wrong about the right of Israel of having Jerusalem , this can cost him a lot , it can cost him the AIPAC and may be the White House.
And so to save the day and to please all parties whether Arabic or Jewish he used the word "Misuse" , he misused the word ;P I love politicians and how they change the words.
His adviser on the Middle East ,our old friend Daniel Kurtzer; the former U.S Ambassador in Cairo told the Israel Policy Forum last Tuesday that Obama's comment stemmed from a picture in his mind of Jerusalem before 1967 with barbed wires and minefields and demilitarised zones. "Wow this is Jerusalem before 1967 but before 1948 in fact before 1915 !!".
Kurtzer went on saying that Obama had used a word to represent what he did not want to see again, and then had realized afterwards that that word was a code word in the Middle East. Still Kurtzer assured that Obama was not naive about the Middle East and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
The Media machine did not stop here at all , it was just the start.
Obama made an interview in the CNN with Fareed Zakaria "smart choice" last Sunday about the foreign policy. He repeated the same thing Kurtzer said about the misuse of the words.
You know, the truth is that this was an example where we had some poor phrasing in the speech. And we immediately tried to correct the interpretation that was given. The point we were simply making was, is that we don't want barbed wire running through Jerusalem, similar to the way it was prior to the '67 war, that it is possible for us to create a Jerusalem that is cohesive and coherent

You can read the full transcript of the interview here in CNN.Com. It is very interesting indeed.
So Daniel Kurtzer is his middle East adviser , it is good to see old original faces we already do not miss !!
By the way this comes at the same time the Newyorker Magazine published a very provoking cover that caused a lot of anger in Obama’s camp and supporters despite the claims of the magazine that it did not mean any harm. They said that they did not have mercy on the republicans in their comic covers so why the democrats are so upset.
It is not Obama and Bin Laden with the American fire burned in the chimney of the oval house but now Michelle Obama, the black revolutionist !!
I notice that the NewYorker is causing lately of controversy from its covers , I remember that Lindsay Lohan caused a buzz when she appeared Naked in this magazine imitating the famous last photo shot for Marilyn Monroe , may be it is their late policy to attract readers through their racy covers !!
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