By Dan Gilgoff, God & Country
The White House has posted video of President Obama's message on Diwali, the pan-Indian holiday celebrated by Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs. Interesting that most of Obama's direct messages to foreign populations—his public diplomacy—appear to revolve around religious outreach.
There was his Cairo speech to the Muslim world in May. A videotaped Ramadan message in August. Now this.
Also worth noting: The Times of India said George W. Bush launched the White House's Diwali observation, but the Obama White House blog says last week's observance "marked the first time that an American President has observed the holiday."