Friday, June 05, 2009
The Speech of the Century
President Barack Hussein Obama has rocked the world to its very core.
Speaking before a very diverse crowd of 3,000 people yesterday at Cairo University, Barack Obama did the unthinkable. He spoke from the heart and spoke the truth, two things most politicians rarely do. That he did it in a hostile part of the world, among people who hate American and all it stands for, made it all the more remarkable.
A transcription of his complete speech is available here.
President Obama spoke with his usual polished eloquence, mixing his personal history with the history of the region and the history of the Muslim people.
What was most remarkable was that President Obama DEFENDED the United States and its principles and its policies in the only way possible before the worldwide Muslim audience, he told the truth!
In taking this amazing path, Obama gained credibility and honor. When he said the United States stood for Democracy, peace, respect and honor, the Egyptians in the audience and the millions watching worldwide in every Muslim country believed him.
Voice of America has some remarkable feedback, including some personal stories and reactions from the region: Obama's Speech to Muslims Well-Received in Egypt
The path forward will be difficult and may not, in the end, yield any positive results. But in one single, honest and honorable speech, Barack Hussein Obama has done more to bring peace to the region that his last three predecessors accomplished, combined.