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POTUS Events: Abbas

President Obama speaks at a Democratic National Committee fundraising event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, May 27, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

By Sarah Lovenheim
President Obama leaves Los Angeles, Calif., this morning to return to Washington. He's expected to arrive at the White House shortly after 3:00 p.m., just ahead of a 4:00 p.m. meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Other officials will join them at 4:45 p.m.

At 5:30 p.m., Obama meets with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Clinton will host a working dinner with Abbas following her meeting with the president.

Posted at 8:12 AM ET on May 28, 2009  | Category:  The Daybook
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The President is meeting with Abbas... so what? Abbas is irrelevant. The Palestinians elected a Prime Minister in free and fair elections... why isn't Obama meeting with him?

Oh, thats right. Abbas is the tame, domesticated Palestinian "leader" whom the Israelis prefer, since he's toothless, and won't bite them back when they kill Palestinians, or destroy their homes. Of course, that also makes him irrelevant... but of course, thats what the Israeli government likes best about him. Any Palestinian who resists, or fights back, is a "terrorist" (like America's founding fathers).

Posted by: Observer44 | May 28, 2009 7:36 PM

I wish news organizations would turn off the Hollywood factor as though actors/actresses were any smarter or in some cases dumber than the average American who is constantly overlooked.

As Humphrey Bogart once said after testifying before HUAC, "movies and politics don't mix."

Posted by: jfregus | May 28, 2009 11:30 AM

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