So Obama's speech Thursday morning was like the free buffet at a hotel: A balanced breakfast served way too early, and I slept right through it.
However, lucky for me I found the transcript, and what a balanced meal it was!
Muslim outreach on one side of the plate; the Jews, the kosher meat of choice; 9/11 were the hash browns with Al Qaeda the bitter, decorative sprig, on top.
Now, if you look at the response, you can't say it was a bad speech. Of course, there were Arabs wanting more, while CNN simply fondled themselves. Everyone else seemed OK with it.
Sure, if it were Ronald Reagan, he would have praised America more, as the "shining city upon a hill." If it were MoveOn.org, it would have been "war crimes for Bush." If it were Joe Biden, it would have been all about Joe Biden.
But it makes me wonder that, out of this buffet, what is Obama's favorite food. I mean, before he was president, he brought up that whole "root causes" business when it came to 9/11. I hated that.
But now in Egypt, I'm really glad he brought up the horrors of 9/11 and the Holocaust, two things that send certain Arabs into delight, or denial.
But still, isn't it a little much to say that, as president, he would "fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear"? Wouldn't it be better if, in that sentence, "Islam" were replaced with "Americans"? I mean, Americans may view Islam negatively, but it doesn't drive us to blow up stuff. And there never was a real backlash, was there? Negative stereotypes of America, however, result in blood-soaked craters and beheadings.
But then again, I could be wrong. I actually hate breakfast. But I suppose I should fight against that feeling, wherever it appears.