09 November 2010
You have to give it to President Obama for having the testicular fortitude to say "bugger it". I am going to do it the way I think is right. If some of my constituents back in the Good Ol' US of A have a problem with that then so be it.
The US President is in Indonesia.
The President ended his speech by uttering the words "assalamu alaikum" which generally translates to "peace be unto you". I have not watched the speech yet, but I am sure that Fox will be carrying it and repeating anything that the president has said in Arabic. Usually, at formal occasions the assalamu alaikum is combined with wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh to give assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh or Peace be unto you and so may the mercy of Allah and His blessings.
Obama is really a US citizen and qualified to be president, and whether he is not only the first African-American president of the US, but the first Muslim one as well.
I am not an Arabic speaker (or writer for that matter) but I am led to believe that this is the Arabic for 'peace be unto you' السلام عليكم