Corporate Media Go Into a Frenzy Because Obama Says 'Thank You' in Arabic

Now he's done it.

King Abdullah also noted the ties between the two nations, which he said go back to the 1930's and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the late King Abdul-Aziz.

He endorsed Obama's election win, calling him "a distinguished man who deserves to be in this position."

"Shukran," Obama said, which is "thank you" in Arabic.

The president's use of an Arabic word has apparently sparked some interest because, well, I'm not sure why. When Obama chatted with a French journalist yesterday, he said, "Bonjour," and no one seemed to care. (It's good to know Arabic is still more controversial, as a language, than French.)

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