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Obama draws warmer feelings than predecessor
By ROBERT H. REID – 18 minutes ago

BAGHDAD (AP) — The last time an American president showed up in Iraq he was greeted with boos and shoes. That, as they say, was then.On Tuesday, Iraqis expressed warmth for a visiting Barack Obama. And in another sign the country is eager to cast aside the legacy of the former administration, a court reduced the jail term for the journalist who hurled his shoes at George W. Bush.Never mind that President Obama spent just five hours on the ground and did not venture outside the sprawling U.S. military complex around Baghdad International Airport. Sandstorms made traveling into the capital difficult after he made a stopover on the way to Washington from his tour of Europe and Turkey.
Obama isn't Bush, and for many Iraqis that's good enough for now.

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:10 PM on Apr. 7, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • The Iraqi people welcome the new American president in good faith, not like the former President Bush, who is rejected by all Iraqi people from the north to the south," Baghdad resident Rasheed al-Jumaili said. Many Iraqis find Obama's style, including his openness to the Muslim world, a refreshing change from the previous administration, even though the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan continue.
    "We expect positive relations with the Americans," said Alia Kamil, a senior at the University of Baghdad. "We will see positive developments in Iraqi-American relations because it sounds like Obama's ideas for Iraq will be good."
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:11 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

  • Public anger toward Bush boiled over last December when Iraqi TV journalist Muntadhar al-Zeidi hurled his shoes at the American president during a Baghdad news conference with Iraq's prime minister.His action violated nearly every principle of Arab hospitality. But it turned al-Zeidi into a folk hero in Iraq and throughout the Arab world for standing up to a leader many Iraqis blame for destroying the country. Thousands marched to demand his release.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:12 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

  • Some Iraqis withheld judgment on Obama, waiting to see what the new president will do in Iraq.
    "If Obama seeks good things for Iraq, we will embrace him," said Baghdad resident Aqeel Mohammed. "But if he treats us like President Bush did, then we will not."
    Abdul-Jabbar Mohammed, a professor of political science at the University of Baghdad, said Obama — like Bush — will ultimately be judged on whether the U.S. can bring security to Iraq.
    "He must see how he can establish stability in Iraq," Mohammed said. "So far, I don't know whether President Obama can provide real security to the Iraqi people."
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:12 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

  • It's sad and pathetic. If it weren't for President Bush, Saddam Hussein would still be in power,and exercising his murderous tyranny over the Iraqi people. They seem to forget things like that. I guess it's true, out of sight, out of mind. Since "Barry" has his mug plastered everywhere conceivable, it's no wonder.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:13 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

  • How about we let Obama go to Baghdad without secret service for 20 minutes and see what happens to him? Just curious..............
    akinbottom2

    Answer by akinbottom2 at 3:14 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

  • What's to think? So, some journalist thinks the world of O. Gosh, there's a departure.


    I find this interesting:


    "We expect positive relations with the Americans," said Alia Kamil, a senior at the University of Baghdad. "We will see positive developments in Iraqi-American relations because it sounds like Obama's ideas for Iraq will be good."


    I don't know about everyone else, but I don't expect things from other countries leaders, or their people. It makes me wonder what other expectations they have of O.

    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 3:18 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

  • why is it that you don't expect things from other countries leaders oor thier people???
    I think that we should....we need other countries for trade (which will help OUR econonmy)
    and can you imagine a world where every country JUST thought about themselves?? It would be a very messed up world.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:24 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

  • we need to expect to have positve realtions with other countries!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:25 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

  • I just think it means that it's a fresh start and that our government is being looked at in a more positive light.
    JackalsWife

    Answer by JackalsWife at 3:33 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

  • "Some Iraqis withheld judgment on Obama, waiting to see what the new president will do in Iraq.
    "If Obama seeks good things for Iraq, we will embrace him," said Baghdad resident Aqeel Mohammed. "But if he treats us like President Bush did, then we will not."

    Some Americans aren't even waiting to see what the new pres is going to do! They already have their opinions and nothing is going to change them.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:34 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

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