“The Adult in the Room”

The Arab American Institute is set to honor Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) with its annual Najeeby Halaby award.

“It’s a moment to honor our own and Mitch Daniels goes back to the founding of the institute as one of our earliest supporters. We have a community that comes with some unfortunate political baggage in terms of bigots…it’s just nice when folks are proud of their ethnic background and don’t allow that kind of politics of exclusion to get in the way,” said AAI Executive Director Maya Berry. Praising his “truce” on social issues, she added: “I think he’s been the adult in the room.”