Oh how far we have come from those early days in 2009. Obama gives a long winded apology speech in Cairo proclaiming "A New Beginning" with the Muslim world and gets the Nobel Peace Prize. It was even thought that his very name, Barack Hussein Obama would help.
And who can forget his famous boast in 2007:
The day I’m inaugurated, not only the country looks at itself differently, but the world looks at America differently … If I’m reaching out to the Muslim world they understand that I’ve lived in a Muslim country and I may be a Christian, but I also understand their point of view … My sister is half-Indonesian. I traveled there all the way through my college years. And so I’m intimately concerned with what happens in these countries and the cultures and perspective these folks have. And those are powerful tools for us to be able to reach out to the world … then I think the world will have confidence that I am listening to them and that our future and our security is tied up with our ability to work with other countries in the world that will ultimately makes us safer.Oh well, that was then, this is now....
From USA Today:
According to the latest survey by the Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project, confidence in Obama in Muslim countries dropped from 33% to 24% in his first term. Approval of Obama's policies declined even further, from 34% to 15%. And support for the United States in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Pakistan is lower today than it was in 2008 in the closing year of George W. Bush's administration.And yes, this dislike by Arabs is personally directed at Obama:
Obama as Pinocchio in Jordan. Have they heard about his Sequester lies?
NObama in Ramallah West Bank. "Most Palestinians hate Obama."
File this under lessons learned the hard way: next time some charlatan comes along making promises that sound too good to be true BEWARE!