Barack Obama has finally spoken out on the need to reach out to parts of the world that have been disenfranchised in the past 8 years:
Barack Obama plans to reach out to Muslim world is based on an interview with he President elect in the Chicago Tribune.
".... I think we've got a unique opportunity to reboot America's image around the world and also in the Muslim world in particular,'' Obama said Tuesday, promising an "unrelenting" desire to "create a relationship of mutual respect and partnership in countries and with peoples of good will who want their citizens and ours to prosper together. The world, he said, "is ready for that message. ...
Obama said the country must take advantage of a unique chance to recalibrate relations around the globe, through a new diplomacy that emphasizes inclusiveness and tolerance as well as an unflinching stand against terrorism. .."
This sounds good. Lets pray with his heavyweight foreign affairs team he can deliver.
And on the race issue on which he was forced to speak out in his Primary campaign:
... And then there are the grand issues, like the burden placed on him by history. As the first African-American president, he acknowledges, he thinks about it.
"The biggest challenges we face right now in improving race relations have to do with the universal concerns of Americans across color lines," he said. "If we are creating jobs throughout this economy, then African-Americans and Latinos, who are disproportionately unemployed, are going to be swept up in that rising tide."
"I think that more than anything is going to improve race relations," he said, "a sense of common purpose. ... ''
There will be many millions praying that the light touch of a reconciling heart that is evident in him on this issue remains true.