Clearly, this administration has opted to be populist, breaking away with traditional U.S. foreign policy, whose cornerstone was developing relations with governments. But words are not always coupled with deeds everywhere.
It might be lucky for Obama that the Arab uprisings coincide with his second battle for the presidency -- if he makes good use of this opportunity. This requires blending aspirations and realities wisely, and with moral courage.
One second Obama is Arab, the next he's Muslim. These words are thrown around and serve as an insult. So basically, in the United States, instead of telling someone his mama is a whore, telling him that his mama is an Arab will now suffice.