The Muslim World Parses Obama's Speech

Friday, June 05, 2009

President Obama spoke in Cairo yesterday in an attempt to engage the Muslim world. New York Times reporter Michael Slackman has been collecting responses to the speech and joins The Takeaway from Beirut, Lebanon. What did Palestinians react to? Israelis? Did the president succeed in finding "a new beginning"?

Guests:

Michael Slackman

Hosted by:

Andrea Bernstein and Todd Zwillich

Comments [1]

Ahmed Elshamy

President Obama speech reminded me of the President Sadat speech at the Israeli Knesset in 1977. It was a new beginning and it was a connection between the Egyptian and Israelis after 30 years of wars. President Obama speech is even more effective as it came from the stronger side, as if the stronger side is extending his hand for peace. It means a lot in the Arab culture when the stronger side extends his hand this way and come to visit the people at home. It was a clever choice to have the speech at Cairo University, not in a government controlled conference hall. It meant that President Obama wants to talk to the people not to the Egyptian government or any official. I hope the whole Arab world could understand it this way, and it will be a new beginning like President Sadat’s new beginning.

Thanks Mr President, now I have even more hope than I ever had before for peace.

Ahmed Elshamy
Dearborn, MI

Jun. 06 2009 01:13 AM

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