Bush names Texas entrepreneur as special US envoy to Muslim nations

President George W. Bush, trying to improve the image of the United States in the Islamic world, announced Wednesday that he has named a Texas entrepreneur as liaison to The Organization of the Islamic Conference. Sada Cumber, who is meeting with Bush later, will be special envoy to the intergovernmental organization, which represents more than 50 Islamic states and promotes Muslim solidarity in social and political affairs. Bush announced his plan to name a special envoy back in June, when he attended a ceremony honoring the 50th anniversary of the Islamic Center, a mosque and cultural center in Washington. "Our special envoy will listen to and learn from representatives from Muslim states, and will share with them America's views and values," Bush said at the time. Creating a US envoy to the group comes as the plodding war in Iraq has fanned anti-American sentiment across the Muslim world.