06/01/2017 (Al Arabiya News – UAE by Mamdouh AlMuhaini*): President Obama’s relations with Arabs and Muslims started on a good note, then witnessed betrayal and ended up with hatred. The most powerful president of the world ignored the massacres that took the lives of Arab and Muslim children. He continued to remain silent despite terrorist Sunni and Shiite militias targeting towns and villages. He even entered into a deal with their biggest enemy. But who is guilty – us or him? May be both. In fact, we did not understand his approach and policies properly. We had high expectations and insisted on seeing him as an exceptional president who will change the face of the world, even before he entered the White House. In just two weeks, Obama will leave office and it is not difficult to analyze his legacy. He has been neither great nor miserable. He is neither extraordinary – as we expected – nor bad. He seemed to be a technocrat steeped in local issues without a global vision as president of the most powerful nation in the world should have.
*Mamdouh AlMuhaini is the Editor-in-Chief of Al Arabiya News Channel’s digital platforms.