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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Thought on Obama's Cairo moment

The Cairo speech today was much like the "race speech" given in the heat of the Jeremiah Wright chaos.

Many against Obama are going to try and pick out an objectionable line or a twist a negative theme, but the power of a speech like this is the moment, and the moment was defined in the pitch perfect first sentences of the speech which ended Assalaamu alaykum, followed by strong applause.

That was the moment. That was the tone change.


  • ...and we all watch and wait for the responses, from Israel, Iran, etcetera.

    I particularly liked a peripheral bit: Obama noticing an Egyptian sculpture that looked like an editorial cartoon.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:09 AM  

  • I think the responses are probably pretty predictable, but that may be part of the effect.

    If Obama's speech got through to me, and then I heard the exact same response from Ahmadinejad, it might make me think a little.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 7:22 AM  

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