renewal and activism." She said she believes Obama would work to find "long-term solutions to problems not only in this country" but also in the Mideast, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Part of wave of celebration for Pres. Barack Obama's inauguration, the Arab American Institute (AAI) organized a dinner/ show/ ball that was partly sponsored by the Moroccan American Center and drew a capacity crowd from around the country. Various celebrities attended, including a brief appearance by Queen Noor of Jordan who told the audience that Obama's inauguration brought "a new hope and possibility of renewal and activism." She said she believes Obama would work to find "long-term solutions to problems not only in this country" but also in the Mideast, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
the Moroccan American community members were present in force and were busy networking and talking up the idea of president Barack Obama speaking in Morocco. Of those that were pitched was Antony Lake, an Prez. Obama foreign policy adviser, who sounded positive about Morocco as a speech host.
"Moroccan Americans are one of the most dynamic group within our community, they have come a long way in such a short time, it is a success story" said president of AAI, Dr. James J. Zogby.
William Corcoran, president of the American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA), had Gaza on the forefront of his mind. He described the devastation in Gaza, announced that his staff and offices were unharmed, and were beginning to distribute food and medicine to Gaza's residents and other emergency aid to war victims and asked everyone present to be active in this relief mission.
Reporters and Television crews were set-up near the Fairmont Hotel ballroom where Producers pulled over passersby for comment on U.S. foreign policy. the newly appointed Transportation Secretary ray lahood gave a brief speech. The highlight of the evening was the standup comedy show performed by two of “The axis of Evil Comedy Show" nationally known veterans Dean Obeidallah and Aron Kader whose show brought down the house with laughter.