11.11.08

Quoted in Election Day issue of as-Safir

Thanks to my dear friend and fellow MBA2003 graduate from London Business School, Biland Sadek, I was interviewed during my recent trip to the Middle East by Diala Chehade of the Beirut-based daily newspaper السفير (as-Safir), which tranlates to "The Ambassador" and fancies itself "the newspaper of the Arab world in Lebanon, and the newspaper of Lebanon in the Arab world."

Below are the relevant paragraphs in Arabic - I have highlighted my name جورج عجان in red, fittingly:
وحتى بالنسبة لجمهوري سوري الأصل، مثل جورج عجّان، الذي سبق أن ترشح لعضوية مجلس النواب، فحظوة أوباما لدى الناخبين العرب باتت أمرا مفروغاً منه، بسبب »خيبتهم من سياسة بوش« في العراق وفلسطين. وإن انتقد عجّان، في لقاء مع »السفير«، خطط أوباما الضريبية، متخوفا من مجلس شيوخ يسيطر الديموقراطيون عليه، إلا أنه لم ينكر ترجيحه فوزهم بالبيت الأبيض.
برأي عجّان، وهو »جمهوري مستقلّ«، يكمن خطأ أفراد الجالية العربية في أنهم »لم ينغمسوا في الحياة السياسية الاميركية كمواطنين أميركيين«، وركزوا على قضايا السياسة الخارجية، فلم يتمكنوا من حفر أثر ذي وزن على مسرح السياسة الاميركية. وفي جميع الأحوال، فعجّان يتوقع تحسناً في السياسة الأميركية المتعلقة بالشرق الأوسط »أياً كان الفائز بالرئاسة«.
Here is a rough translation:
"Even for a Republican of Syrian origin, such as George Ajjan, who had been nominated for membership of the House of Representatives, Arab voters favorable to Obama have become taken for granted, because of 'disappointment in Bush's policy' in Iraq and Palestine.

Ajjan criticized, speaking with as-Safir, Obama's tax plans, fearing the Senate controlled by Democrats, but he did not deny their hopes of winning the White House
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Ajjan opined, as an 'independent Republican', that it is a mistake of the Arab community that they 'did not dedicate themselves in [domestic] political life as American citizens', and focused on foreign policy issues; they have been unable to create a meaningful impact in the theater of American policy
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In all cases, Ajjan expected improvement in U.S. policy on the Middle East, 'whoever wins the presidency."

Too bad I never had any coaching from Karen Hughes.

1 comment:

Mo said...

its not just his tax plans. Obama has recently said that he plans to "jolt" the economy. Its very likely that it would be the same kind of jolt one would experience if he were sitting in an electric chair.