Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Change Has Come

The first person Obama called as the leader of the free world is Mahmood Abbas, the leader of the Palestinian people and promised to work toward a "durable peace." He called him hours after taking the oath of office and told him he was the first person he called as the American President.

Obama said: "This is my first phone call to a foreign leader and I'm making it only hours after I took office, according to Abbas' assistant.

I am encouraged and while Abbas has been very critical of Hamas (some of it very justified) it is a step forward. Maybe change has trule come. Along with closing down Guantanamo Bay trials and pledging a new transparency, I am hopeful.

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