Obama, Egypt's Mubarak Click at DC Meeting
Presidents cite 'positive steps' for Israelis, Palestinians
By Harry Kimball, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 18, 2009 3:45 PM CDT
President Barack Obama meets with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in the Oval Office today.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – A meeting today between President Obama and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak signaled a thaw in relations between the two countries, the New York Times reports. Obama also spoke of “positive steps” that “could help to jump-start an effective process on all sides” in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Mubarak, meanwhile, said Obama had “removed all doubts about the United States in the Muslim world.”

“We are moving in the right direction” on Israel and Palestine, Mubarak continued. And the leaders’ warm feelings certainly didn’t go unnoticed by observers. The chemistry between President Bush and Mubarak “was very bad,” one expert says. “So, I think there is an effort to put that well in the past.”

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Aug 19, 2009 8:59 AM CDT
This piece from The New Times was written by David Stout. I took the time to read several pieces by Stout. He seems to be a solid Obama supporter; thus, his reports are not unbiased. I suggest other Newser readers take the time to read some of Stout's writings. I could not find a piece that did not have a pro-Obama spin.
Aug 18, 2009 9:41 AM CDT
I'm not sure if it's righties or lefties, or both thumbsing me down.
Aug 18, 2009 9:10 AM CDT
@ vendetta: Obama has consistently considered Afghanistan a war of necessity, and Iraq a mistake, and a distraction, and he has been consistent in his view that we should be as careful in getting out of Iraq, as we were careless in getting in.