Obama’s recent charm offensive through Turkey showed the president at his best at salving the wounds that the previous administration inflicted on our country’s reputation.
His trip was more than a shoring up of relations with Turkey, a key NATO ally, as it faces political and economic difficulties.
It was a critical step to deprive terrorist leaders of a recruiting tool.
It’s a lot harder to sell the United States as the Great Satan when the nation’s chief executive visits with words of tolerance and partnership -- and a friendly smile.
In his speeches, Obama stressed that Muslim Americans are an important part of the ethnic and racial mix of the United States, and that a sincere respect for Islam is critical to our country’s success abroad. ...
He has shown the world that in Obama’s America, we do not confuse the vast majority of peace-loving Muslims with the relatively small number of radical fundamentalists who blow themselves up in marketplaces.