Celebrating Obama's Inauguration



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
Free Joomla Extensions 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.

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"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.

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Bennani Jawad
0 #1 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Celebrating Obama's InaugurationBennani Jawad 2009-01-22 05:27
Let me just start by saying that Queen Noor looks HOT.
I was watching the Inauguration on CNN along with 100 or so other people and we actually saw the signs "Obama to speak in Morocco". All of sudden everyone turned to me and started to ask me about the signs and I ended explaining what the signs are about.

Now let's just hope that this Obama will continue what Bush has started; (YES i mean BUSH); the support of the autonomy.
Our Algerian friends are now trying to place themselves in the forefront as we speak.
We cannot let our guard off. The good thing is that Hillary is good friend of Morocco ( We fed her Couscous in the desert) and she does understand that the conflict is manufactured is Algeria and Bill and Chelsea was our guest of Honor for the king's wedding. Yes Bill counts too.
Our Algerian friends do not like when we point our fingers at them, but they do not understand that as soon as they open the gates of Tindouf, we will never point our fingers at them, as as a matter of fact, they will be in the driver seat if no Moroccan of sahraoui origin regains the mother land.
Anyway, good job promoting the speech but the truth is the US economy is in such disarray that foreign affairs will have to wait for the next few years and in the meanwhile more Palestinians will die thanks to Obama's already known stance regarding Palestinians.
The trick now is " Hamas, hamas, and always hamas" Israel is using hamas as weapon of choice and of course Obama is going along.
Phoning Abbas, Oulmert, Mobarak, and Abdullah (sorry Noor) for a small talk is not the solution.
Selecting Diane Feinstein as the speaker for the inauguration, Rahm as a chief of staff, Biden who loves Israel more the the Israelis themselves and who wanted to divide Iraq into four regions is not a good news for the Palestinians. Basically, don't get too excited and brace yourself for more disappointment.
The picture is bleak, just get used to it.

At least, The Sahara is Moroccan no matter what.
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Abu Jameel
0 #2 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Celebrating Obama's InaugurationAbu Jameel 2009-01-23 13:19
Bennani Jawad said it all. Nice comment.
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Moroccan Patriot
0 #3 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Celebrating Obama's InaugurationMoroccan Patriot 2009-01-24 14:12
Nothing of significance will change with Obama in the white house with regards to the Middle East.

Client states and Puppet regimes will continue to get crumbs passed to them under the table while the masses continue to be disenfranchised .

Obama's handlers have given the US 4 years to blame every disaster that is coming on a black man. The policy goal has not changed... the rich use the Law to keep the poor weak and divided.

As we begin to see remittances slow to a trickle, unemployment rise, corporate earnings decline and property values fall throughout Morocco over the next year or so we can at least take some comfort in that:

The Sahara is Moroccan no matter what.
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M.H
0 #4 Obama\\\\\\\'s stance on GazaM.H 2009-01-25 14:06
Interesting article and interview with Noam Chomsky on Obama\\\'s stance on Gaza:

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/1/23/noam_chomsky_obamas_stance_on_gaza
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Ahmed Boukhris, Fez, Morocco
0 #5 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Celebrating Obama's InaugurationAhmed Boukhris, Fez, Morocco 2009-01-28 18:30
Dear compatriots,

Let me tell you guys. You already making Mr Obama's foreign policy job as easy as it could be. you are our Ambassadors in America, and Americas' Ambassadors in Morocco . You are the real diplomats. Peoples to peoples diplomacy which counts these days, the real personel qualities. when we see regular people like you meeting with these congressmen and senators and being invited to this elegant and VIP parties, that is triumphal.

May Allah protect you from Evil eye "as we say in Morocco" . God less you all ,

Vive Le Maroc,
Vive Les Marocains,
Vive Mohammed VI
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Said Alaoui
0 #6 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Celebrating Obama's InaugurationSaid Alaoui 2009-02-06 21:40
Good job. I'm proud of you guys.
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Casawi
0 #7 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Celebrating Obama's InaugurationCasawi 2009-02-07 05:01
The Sahara issue will be resolved when the Moroccan government stops abusing its residents.

The Sahrawi who demand independence do so because they do not want to be ruled by a semi-authoritar ian government that does not hold its officials accountable. Is this so surprising?

The Sahara issue can be resolve directly with the Sahrawi. Lobbying other countries to defend \"Moroccan interests\" may work in favor of Morocco in the short term but it may not bring stability to the Sahara in the long term.
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Abderrahmane Sakkaki
0 #8 PresidentAbderrahmane Sakkaki 2009-02-11 09:37
I like the atmosphere of this celebration: beautiful nicely dressed women, and men pausing next to them feeling more testosterone than usual . I am sure there is a wide range of Moroccan delicacies..Wha t's a charade!!!!!!so many fake people and shallow conversations.. lack of consistency and transparency as far as topics and particulars go: jumping from Sahara issue to Palestine.... make up your mind!!!I was hoping that this celebration was intended for some needy people, raising money..

Potential Obama 's speech in Morocco or elsewhere won't make any difference as far as American foreign politics is concerned..Moro cco is already an ally, and that won't change..This celebration demonstrates how fragile, hypocritical and vulnerable these people are..They don't even know Obama and what he stands for..A speech is like any other rhetoric whether it takes place in Morocco or Egypt..The only difference, you will see more couscous and more "rear kissers"..

Peace


Abdel
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