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Presidential Quote of the Day

“We seek broader engagement based on mutual interest and mutual respect. We will listen carefully, we will bridge misunderstandings, and we will seek common ground. We will be respectful, even when we do not agree. We will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so much over the centuries to shape the world — including in my own country. The United States has been enriched by Muslim Americans. Many other Americans have Muslims in their families or have lived in a Muslim-majority country. I know, because I am one of them.”

— Pres. Barack Obama in a speech before the Turkish parliament.

I read this in The New York Times (newspaper version) while sitting at the Kerry Park overlook on this sunny Seattle day, eating my lunch and listening to Teddy Thompson's “In My Arms.” I was pretty happy for that half hour. Tomorrow it's supposed to rain. Tomorrow things may get worse economically. But for now it's sunny and more people realize we're at least heading in the direction we should. Amen.

Posted at 05:48 PM on Tue. Apr 07, 2009 in category Quote of the Day  


Mister B wrote:

Ohhh, the reactionary right is going to just LOVE that quote.
Comment posted on Wed. Apr 08, 2009 at 11:05 AM

Erik L. wrote:

Another reason why I love he said it. He chose the long-term benefit the line would accord over the short-term flurry of fringe elements.
Comment posted on Wed. Apr 08, 2009 at 12:10 PM
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