U.S. President Barack Obama today addressed the United Nations on topics broadly related to the “Arab Spring,” Syria, Libya, Yemen, Egpyt, and the big issue of his speech: a Palestinian state.

So what, SJ, does that have to do with Formula 1, you’re asking.

Obama also talked about Bahrain. And I think his comments make a 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix — which is back on the calendar after being postponed this season — more likely to happen.

Here’s what Obama said about the country:

[box type=”shadow”]In Bahrain, steps have been taken toward reform and accountability. We’re pleased with that, but more is required. America is a close friend of Bahrain, and we will continue to call on the government and the main opposition bloc — the Wifaq — to pursue a meaningful dialogue that brings peaceful change that is responsive to the people. We believe the patriotism that binds Bahrainis together must be more powerful than the sectarian forces that would tear them apart. It will be hard, but it is possible.[/box]

Two key pieces: That “more is required” and that “America is a close friend of Bahrain.” Obama’s signalling that he and his Administration will keep pushing for more reforms, more democracy, more freedom for the Bahrain people, but in announcing the two countries’ friendship (remember, the U.S. has military bases there) he is keeping Bahrain within the broader “these countries are OK” fold. (Iran and North Korea would top the list of those countries outside that fold.)

And, as long as Bahrain has the support of countries such as the U.S., it will be able to stage spectacles like a Formula 1 race.

So, as of now, you can book your ticket.

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F1 Kitteh

Obama talks more trash than Colin Kolles and I bet he couldn’t make HRT stay afloat on a limited budget either.


Does Collin faces constant deadlock on monies with sponsor? the sources say he(HRT) charged Narain/Tata upfront yet dropped him mid season to cash in on Red Bull’s cheque….
I wonder if Obama had those kind of free cheque options.

Maybe the Bahraini friends can do same favor to Mr. President that they have done to Mr. E in F1 :D

F1 Kitteh
F1 Kitteh

Actually it is very much the same since politicians promise xyz during the campaign then doing abc once in office ;)


I think in Obamas case it is the fact that he was insanely under qualified for the job. We elected(not me) Chuancy Gardner as president.


90% of america’s popularity is because of hollywood……
90% of obama’s popularity is because of america………

Obama HRT is waiting………..