I stand by my point that it was a soaring speech. It was delivered to a selected audience under the watchful eye of the host country - Egypt. It was filled with generalities that said little other than you're okay, we're okay. I disagree. They are not okay.
When Obama stated:
"That experience guides my conviction that partnership between America and Islam must be based on what Islam is, not what it isn't. And I consider it part of my responsibility as president of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear," Obama said to applause. He said neither Muslims nor Americans, though, can fit the "crude stereotype" they are sometimes assigned. "What exactly did he say? "...based on what Islam is, not what it isn't." Well? What is it and what is it not? Eliminate the terrorists, it is still the Islamists who under their archaic laws beat and stone their women and behead their enemies.
He wasn't quite so generous with the Israelis other than affirming that we would always stand with them yet they have to tear down the settlements. According to the Jerusalem Post those settlers did not take kindly to his rhetoric and today reconstructed structures dismantled yesterday and dubbed them "Obama Huts".
The New York Times tells us he has need to mend a rift with German Chancellor Angela Merkel ranging from the global economic crisis to the future of Guantanamo inmates.
Things have been shaky with the French too. How can the President of the United States decline a dinner invitation from the President of France? The article tells us the problem between these two leaders began at the G20 summit when Sarkozy told colleagues, in private, he found Mr. Obama inexperienced and less than well briefed.
Bowing to the Saudi King at the G20? Michelle's arm around Queen Elizabeth?
This is what happens when the lines get blurred between governing and entertainment and the President and his family are regarded more as "stars" than leaders. Give him a break? He's only been in office a short time? The Presidency is not a position for on the job training yet that is exactly what it is. There is no way to foresee from week to week, sometimes even hour to hour, what may occur needing immediate attention.
Being likable or considered "cool" holds little sway on the world stage. Not knowing proper protocol gives the appearance of inexperience and yes, weakness. There is no excuse for it. That I have a problem with these issues is of little matter. When the heads of state of Israel, Germany and France have a problem all eyes are watching.
Some may be inclined to give Mr. Obama time; others are likely getting ready to pounce.