An interview with President Obama
So on the eve of the big speech to the Muslim world on Thursday, the White House is plainly serious about outreach - that is the main message to take away from the interview I have just conducted with Barack Obama in the White House library.
They chose to speak to us now because they want to reach the parts of the world the BBC reaches - with a message that is nuanced and thoughtful as you would expect, and is not - as the president himself told me - an end but rather a beginning.
This is not an apology for the actions of the Bush White House - that the president told me flatly.
Nor is it a speech that is designed only to please the audience - the president will talk about the US Muslim community ("huge and thriving" he called it) and point out misperceptions in the Muslim world's view of the US.
But on human rights, I fear he will disappoint: I asked him straight whether Hosni Mubarak (the Egyptian leader for 28 years!) was an autocrat. Mr Obama told me he was a force for stability and good.
The nicest sight in our afternoon in the White House - Sasha and Malia coming home from school. Jolly laughter as in any happy household - though men with wires in their ears prevented us crossing their path as they skipped down the corridor.
We could do with those fellows chez nous...
PS. You can watch the full interview with President Obama here.