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yodermon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:10 AM
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Obama's first phone call to a foreign leader: ABBAS.
Note which Country he did not call first.

US President Barack Obama promised to work towards a "durable peace" in the Middle East during a phone call to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Wednesday, Palestinian officials said.

Obama called the Palestinian leader a day after taking the oath of office and assured him that he intended "to work with him as partners to establish a durable peace in the region," Abbas's spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina told AFP.

Obama told Abbas that the president was the first foreign leader he called since taking office, Rudeina said.

"This is my first phone call to a foreign leader and I'm making it only hours after I took office," Rudeina quoted Obama as telling Abbas.


Obama and his secretary of state-designate Hillary Clinton vowed to deal with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict immediately after taking office.

During his inauguration speech on Tuesday, Obama pledged a new approach to the Muslim world.

"To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect," he said.


http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/news/2009/01/obama_vow...
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mtnsnake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:12 AM
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1. Good stuff
K&R
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Sebastian Doyle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:14 AM
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2. I TOLD YOU HE WAS A SEKRIT MUSLIN !!111!!!!111!!
AND HES NOT PRESIDINT NEITHER BECASE HE DIDENT TAKE THE OAF OF OFFISE!1!1!!!!!!!!

(seriously, FAUX is trying to run with that shit today)
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 02:04 AM
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18. Next thing, he'll be hanging drapes all over the White House.
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Why Syzygy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:15 AM
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3. *
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 11:15 AM by votesomemore
Just marking to see if this is still considered I/P by DU.
If our President makes it front page, does it come out of the dungeon?
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stray cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:25 AM
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8. It should not be perceived as for or against Hamas or Israel since it involves neither
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Why Syzygy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 12:21 PM
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15. The "P" stands for "Palastine". I/P ..
Just curious is all.
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ensho Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:15 AM
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4. yes and yes again
nt
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AndyA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:20 AM
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5. WOW! I'm feeling something I haven't felt in a long time...
CONFIDENCE in our President!

And SECURITY in knowing he's going to do THE RIGHT THING FOR ALL AMERICANS, not just the ones with money.

What a relief! It's like we can all take a deep breath and relax a bit again!
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stray cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:22 AM
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6. Giving every opportunity for people to choose a new way forward
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 11:24 AM by dmordue
where more concern is shown for building a community than destroying others.
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Lilith Velkor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:23 AM
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7. ?



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yodermon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:52 AM
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12. lol
:spank:
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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:27 AM
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9. also called Israel, Egypt, and Jordan
http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/01/good-mo...

President for less than 24 hours, Obama called Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, His Majesty King Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

"Obama reiterated that he and his administration will work in full partnership with President Abbas to achieve peace in the region," Palestinian official Saeb Erekat told Reuters.
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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:33 AM
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10. I can just imagine how the call with Sarkozy is going to go.
Both young and they seem to really like each other. :D
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cooolandrew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:50 AM
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11. I think that takes one bow from the conspiracy theorists. He was just wise not to send a >
conflicting message from 2 presidents. CHANGE has arrived.
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jesus_of_suburbia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:53 AM
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13. I have hope that Obama can move peace forward.
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:53 AM
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14. What -- He wants 'em to get back together to sing "Dancing Queen?"
:shrug:
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texas1928 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 12:33 PM
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16. Why is he calling a 70's band?
I think he should be taking care of business not getting his jollies. :mad:


:sarcasm: <----Just in case.
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OneBlueSky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 01:46 AM
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17. shit . . . you beat me to it . . . why call a Swedish rock band? . . . n/t :)
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