Remember when President Obama gave that big speech in Cairo at the beginning of his first term essentially calling Americans bigots for not "understanding" the Muslim world? And remember when Obama promised to clean up the so-called mess left behind by President George W. Bush when it came to the American image and relationship with the Muslim world? According to a new poll, the Muslim world has an even less favorable view of the United States under Obama than it did under Bush.
Despite downgrading the trip, many see Obama's arrival as the sequel to his 2009 visit to Cairo, where he announced a "new beginning" with the Muslim world. Four years later, that doesn't auger well for renewed efforts in Israel and the West Bank. According to the latest survey by the Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project, confidence in Obama in Muslim countries dropped from 33% to 24% in his first term. Approval of Obama's policies declined even further, from 34% to 15%. And support for the United States in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Pakistan is lower today than it was in 2008 in the closing year of George W. Bush's administration.
In his Cairo speech, Obama pledged a relationship between America and Muslims around the world "based on mutual interest and mutual respect." But in 2013, interests are diverging, and respect is in short supply.
Meanwhile, Obama is pandering to the Palestinians this week during his trip the Israel and the West Bank.