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.

5
Leave a Reply

Please Login to comment
avatar
 
Photo and Image Files
 
 
 
Audio and Video Files
 
 
 
Other File Types
 
 
 
2 Comment threads
3 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
4 Comment authors
F1SommelierWilliams4eversirf1F1 Kitteh Recent comment authors

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
F1 Kitteh
Guest
F1 Kitteh

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

Williams4ever
Guest
Williams4ever

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
Guest
F1 Kitteh

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

F1Sommelier
Guest
F1Sommelier

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.

sirf1
Guest
sirf1

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

Obama HRT is waiting………..