Pew: U.S. Favorability Hits New Low in Egypt
Cairo speech not working out as planned.
3:58 PM, Jun 17, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Pew's new survey of global attitudes reports that the U.S. still isn't popular in Muslim countries: "In Egypt, America’s favorability rating dropped from 27% to 17% – the lowest percentage observed in any of the Pew Global Attitudes surveys conducted in that country since 2006."
But, but, but... Obama gave a speech in Cairo last year--and this is the thanks he gets?
You may recall that some of Obama's greatest admirers declared that the speech--oh, but it was "more than a speech"--merited his Nobel Peace Prize.
I don't begrudge a president for trying to reach out to Muslim moderates in a speech. The problem with Obama and his fans is that they actually believe his words have the power to fundamentally transform our relationship with the Muslim world.
I'd like to think everyone could admit now that Obama's speech was just a bit "naive," but I'm guessing Obama's fans will say that this Pew poll is just evidence that the president needs to pound harder on Israel and cede Afghanistan to the Taliban.