Hurrah, hurrah. The President today named Rashad Hussain as his envoy to the Organization of the Islāmic Conference. The appointment is part of the president’s continuing effort to improve strained U S Islāmic relations. Hussain will continue to develop the types pf partnerships that Obama talked about in his famous Cairo speech last year.
Obama also pointed out that his new envoy is a hafiz of the Quran, which means he has memorized the text of the Muslim holy book. ( Hope he can find out about the justifications for jihad in there. ) Obama also announced his upcoming trip to Indonesia in March where he hopes to continue the U S – Muslim dialogue. While he is there perhaps he can visit some of the places where he hung out as a child.
I guess only one thing about this appointment has me puzzled and that is this. Why did the president feel the need to appoint such a person at all? With all his qualifications, I thought Obama was his own very special envoy to the Islamic world. And, who could be better, right?
He even made the announcement during his video address to the 7th US Islāmic Forum meeting in Doha, Qatar. But he is allowing Madame Secretary Clinton to address the meeting tomorrow.
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