Having dispatched his new Middle East envoy George Mitchell on an eight day trip to meet Arab leaders, Obama spoke to Al-Arabiya TV based in Dubai. In his first formal TV interview as President of the United States of America, Obama says he wants to listen to the Arabs as he feels that the US has often dictated instead of listening in the past.
There are some who feel that Obama should be making his first TV interview to his own nation. Better to pacify the enemy at home before sending succour and reassurance to the Middle East.
This also sends a strong message to the ousted Republican Administration.