In Mideast and Europe, Obama debuts 'global populism'
The American president took his case straight to the people on his trip this week, spending limited time with the leaders o
Germany, and France.
By Robert Marquand | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
Over three days in the Middle East and Europe, President Obama began an ambitious recasting of politics and global perceptio
beginning directly to the world's people.
The American president started with a nuanced bid for US-Muslim understanding and Mideast peace at the storied Cairo Univer
soaring statue at the American cemetery at Omaha beach in Normandy titled, "The Spirit of American Youth, Rising from the
The trip, unusual in its limited time with state leaders in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Germany, and France – was a sweeping bid for the
intractable conflicts and standoffs, and a recasting of America's role in that effort. It was an appeal to reason, history, values, rem
aspirations of humanity, in a populist fashion rarely seen on the world stage, say diplomats and specialists.
"Obama is going over the heads of elites, attempting to establish moral legitimacy as a leader, turning popularity into policy," say
Council on Foreign Relations in Washington. "What we are seeing is not spin, but a sincere effort to reach out to hearts and min
to the reasonable nature of others. It is a revolutionary approach."
In Egypt, Obama set out to drain the poison in US-Muslim world relations in recent years, and backed a two-state solution for Isr
unambiguous freeze on settlement activity. On Saturday, at the Buchenwald concentration camp, with noted Holocaust survivor
Chancellor Angela Merkel, Obama reaffirmed America's core understanding of the historical event that led to the creation of the
speaking to an ever smaller band of veteran brothers on the 65th anniversary of D-Day, he honored the sacrifice and the role of
that brought America fully onto the world stage in the mid-20th century.
REACHING HEARTS AND MINDS IN NEW FASHION