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The Great Communicator Takes to Al-Arabiya

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So this is what it's like to have a Reagan of our own.

How much confidence and sense of purpose does it take for a man who was pilloried by the fever-swamps as a "secret Muslim" throughout the primary and general elections to give his first Presidential interview not to the liberal loyalists at MSNBC, but to Al-Arabiya, an Arab TV network with a reach of 23 million viewers. (UPDATE: and to talk about his Muslim family members[!])

This is public diplomacy, my friends. This is a man who is serious about winning back hearts and minds. This is the power of Barack Hussein Obama's celebrity at its height, leveraged to speak to the Arab Street.

What's "smart power"?

This is smart power.

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