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By Misty - Posted on 15 February 2011

WASHINGTON — Americans are modestly optimistic that the upheaval in Egypt will increase the chances for an enduring peace in the Mideast, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, though there is also concern about the potential consequences of the uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak.

Those surveyed give President Obama high marks for his handling of the unfolding situation. By more than 2 to 1, 66%-28%, they credit him with doing a good or very good job.

 And that should be the end of the argument... but it won't be.

That's awesome to know.

On the topic of what President Obama gets right (bad segue here....) the current issue of Time has an article on First Lady Michelle Obama, called Style Meets Substance.  I love the article.  Our First Lady is a great combination of Jackie Kennedy style and Eleanor Roosevelt substance, IMHO.

(Sorry for going off-topic, but I agree wholeheartedly that the President has handled Egypt's situation very effectively.)

She was asked about criticism from Sarah Palin, who said the first lady didn't want people to eat dessert. Obama would not speak directly to Palin's charge, but said the vast majority of people understand that childhood obesity is a "real issue" and that parents, teachers and pediatricians are "grateful that we're having this conversation."

  I don't do fast food... but, I love Wendy's BLT Cobb salad. Now, pass the bacon!

Glad Michelle refused to humor Palin. I can't believe anyone would spend an ounce of breath criticizing a First Lady for wanting our kids to eat better. Maybe Palin also had a problem with Nancy Reagan telling kids to not do drugs.
Now, the first lady is promoting the use of.... the bags.

I couldn't possibly love our first lady more!  She is a beacon of light~

 

"Peace Cannot be kept by force.  It can only be achieved by understanding."

Albert Einstein

I know the media and Republicans tried to say that President Obama was caught off-guard by the revolution and "didn't see it coming" which "may have been an intelligence glitch", etc. but wasn't the whole world shocked? And I loved how every reporter was stating that Murbarak would step down the evening before he really did and after that "I'm staying" speech some were saying "President Obama was clearly frustrated and got the wrong information" but hey, reporters, YOU were the ones with your "solid sources" saying the same thing the whole day!

Just to keep you informed of the right wing spin:

Dick Morris and Karl Rove are telling FOX viewers Obama acted with confusion and mixed messages-but even those viewers seem to approve of how Obama has handled this based on that poll.

And my biggest pet peeve is that Rand Paul is comparing the protesters in Egypt/revolution to the Tea Party movement! Seriously? I actually had a "tea party" facebook friend reference that idea, adding some racist flare. Ugh.

i think maybe the egyptians are onto something, i think all eligible males that are in selective service age should march on DC and demand the resignation of all politicians starting with the monkey at the top. anyone else up for it. Let a businessman run the country obviously the lawyers that running it arent that grt but they are professional liars.

If anything, this revolution should help us to appreciate our freedoms and what a great president we have!

As for Michelle vs. Sarah, one is all class and the other is no class. Period. I'm proud of the efforts in the area of obesity and physical fitness from our beautiful FLOTUS!

From John Marshall, TPM

I'm not under any illusion that this represents the death of American exceptionalism but let's take note of Obama's clear-eyed understanding of America's role in the world and the real limits of American power as he just stated it in his press conference:

What we didn't do was pretend that we could dictate the outcome in Egypt -- because we can't. So we were very mindful that it was important for this to remain an Egyptian event, that the United States did not become the issue ...

That's no small break with American foreign policy tendencies going back to, well, close to forever. It's also an explicit rejection of what have been considered immutable domestic political realities that force Presidents to appeal to Americans' distorted self-image. Huzzah!

 

 

Link from Politico. Conservatives silent on Egypt at CPAC. Strange that as history was taking place, they all chose to ignore it.

As Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was resigning from office to end weeks of political upheaval, Mitt Romney was on a stage in Washington, making his CPAC pitch to a capacity crowd. He gave a speech full of laugh-lines targeting President Obama — but he also made no mention of the crisis in Egypt or the news unfolding in Cairo as he spoke.

Later, during a lighter forum on conservatives in pop culture, Xtreme Media CEO Kevin McCullough emphasized revolution, but not the kind Egyptians were jubilantly celebrating in Tahrir Square.

At CPAC, Egypt was decidedly absent from the conversation, save a few interested parties who glanced at televisions in the convention hotel’s lobby. Even then, as live scenes showed a joyful crowd, most attendees quickly moved on, anxious to get to their next planned event.

“Mubarak stepped down,” one woman – a Michele Bachmann supporter – said to another. The other had little reply, switching the topic before they walked into a screening of a movie about conservative women, “Fire in the Heartland.”

Only hours after Mubarak announced his resignation, when Ron Paul took the stage, did a CPAC speech focus heavily on the issue.

"The people are not only upset with their own government, they're upset with us for propping up that puppet dictator for all these years," Paul said.

Even Tim Pawlenty, who was heavily critical of Obama's foreign policy during his speech, didn't mention Egypt directly.

"Mr. President, stop apologizing for our country," Pawlenty said. "The bullies, tyrants and terrorists have lots to apologize for. America does not."


 

They chose to ignore Egypt because they didn't know what to say (like the vast majority of us). If the country is moving towards a representative Democracy that can hold its leaders accountable, then this is a great moment in history. If they're taken over by someone worse than Mubarak, then there is nothing to smile about. They're afraid of saying something that will make them look ignorant at some point down the road.

 

Not everyone agrees that Obama handled it well. Harsh criticism from a guest on 'Morning Joe'

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/harvard-professor-niall-ferguson-schools-morning-joe-on-obamas-failed-foreign-policy/comment-page-1/#comments

Niall Ferguson, Harvard professor and Newsweek columnist, rained on the Morning Joe parade this morning by arguing President Obama blew it in Egypt and has now left the country in a fragile state potentially susceptible to domination by the Muslim Brotherhood. Prior to hearing Ferguson, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough thought Obama did pretty well with the situation, however Ferguson passionately attempted to convince them otherwise

Ah, yes, how could I forget the "Muslim Brotherhood" angle-trying to scare people once again. This was interesting editorial on the issue: "Egypt is no Iran." From the experts I've heard, there are no major fears of the Muslim Brotherhood taking over or even being a main player.

...Yes, the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood is the best organized opposition force (although banned as a political party, its members have run in parliamentary elections). The Brotherhood forsook violence years ago under state pressure, but it does have a worrisome past; it also supports Hamas and opposes the peace treaty with Israel. But it is riven with internal divisions, and has no charismatic leader. Experts say its appeal does not extend beyond 20 percent to 30 percent of the public.

In the past, the Mubarak regime crushed non-Islamist parties so it could use the Brotherhood as a bogeyman and an excuse for strongman rule. If other parties are allowed to flourish in a more open system, the Islamists would remain a minority force.

Moreover, Egypt's army — which will remain the bulwark of the state — won't permit the Brotherhood's role to expand.

And for anyone who has been glued to the TV coverage of the rebels in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the nonreligious nature of the demonstrations was stunning. I was struck by what one Egyptian friend told me emotionally by phone: ''These were the first demonstrations I've seen in my lifetime where people are not shouting against something, like America or Israel. They were not anti-anybody. They were just asking for justice and a better life.''

 

And now get this: Michelle Bachman is critical of Michelle Obama for...drum roll...promoting breastfeeding. Not sure who is more deserving of the idiot award: Bachman or Palin? This nonsense only makes the right-wingers look even more desperate, out of the mainstream, petty, and unreasonable, while our FLOTUS will be held in even greater esteem.

Egypt-related:

Daily Show: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Supports the Egyptian Revolution

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stands with Egypt on the 32nd anniversary of Iran's Islamic Revolution.

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Supports the Egyptian Revolution
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog The Daily Show on Facebook

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Italian Bunga-Bunga Parties & Egyptian Democracy

Silvio Berlusconi is accused of bringing young girls to bunga-bunga parties, and the Muslim Brotherhood plans to make Egypt an enemy of America. (05:28)

The Colbert Report Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Italian Bunga-Bunga Parties & Egyptian Democracy
www.colbertnation.com
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Colbert and the wonderful Christiane Amanpour talk about the fear mongering of the right for the Muslim Brotherhood.

Egyptian Democracy - Christiane Amanpour

Christiane Amanpour brings a gift for Christiane Aman-purr and believes Egypt's democratic uprising will last. (05:50)

The Colbert Report Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Egyptian Democracy - Christiane Amanpour
www.colbertnation.com
Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog Video Archive

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This kind of ties into Iran and the previous interview with Amanpour, so I wanted to keep it together.

David Albright

David Albright explains why no one will take credit for setting back the Iranian nuclear program with Stuxnet. (05:26)

The Colbert Report Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
David Albright
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