This Is Soft Power

A reader writes:

I'm sitting in my cube  at work. The Pakistani guy two cubes over has been on the phone all morning calling his friends and family about this article in Politico . He's astounded that the President has been to Pakistan and knows Urdu poets. Money quote: "Obama’s admission that he shares an affinity with the “great Urdu poets” may get him further in the region than most think."