So President-elect Barack Obama called the other day…
BARACK OBAMA: Hello, Ahmed? This is Barack.
ME: Hey Abu Hussein! What’s up dude?
BO: Just want to thank you for all the great work during the campaign. Really appreciate it.
ME: You’re welcome, and congrats again. It was awesome!
BO: So, how did you find my speech on election night?
ME: Well, not your best but it was good nevertheless.
BO: What do you mean? What’s wrong with it?
ME: Nothing wrong. It was fine. I especially liked the part where you said: “tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from our the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope.”
BO: Good. Oh right, I wanted to tell you this, your King Abdullah called me yesterday.
ME: I heard. What did he say?
BO: He just wanted to say congratulation and do the typical Saudi mojamalat thing.
ME: Are you gonna meet him when he comes to DC?
BO: I don’t know. I’m really busy these days: the transition and the dog and the economy and a whole bunch of other stuff. I will see if we can squeeze a meeting in the middle of my crowded schedule but until now nothing is confirmed.
ME: I hope you get a chance to meet him. He’s a real gentleman.
BO: I heard a lot of good things about him. I will try my best, and inshallah it will work out. Is there something in particular you’d like me to talk with him about?
ME: I guess there are some important issues that you should discuss like…
BO: Listen Ahmed, I gotta go now, but it was really nice talking to you. Let’s get in touch again soon, ok?
ME: Mr. President-Elect, nice talking to you, as always.
BO: President-Elect! It sounds so good coming all way the from the other side of the world :-) Goodbye, buddy.
ME: Take care. Bye bye.