“You know, when I signed the order that Abdulrahman al-Awlaki be blasted into hamburger, I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki could have been me 35 years ago,” Obama said in a White House press briefing. “And when you think about why in the Arab-American community at least there is a lot of pain around what happened here, I think it’s important to recognize that the Arab-American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away.”
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