The Trail: A Daily Diary of Campaign 2008


The Rundown

After 'Sweeping' Speech in Cairo, Reactions All Over the Map

By Ben Pershing
Before much of Washington was even awake this morning, President Obama had already stirred controversy on the other side of the world, delivering a much-anticipated address in Cairo that touched on everything from Israel and Iran to women's rights and his own Muslim roots. Fittingly for a speech that ranged so widely, initial reactions have been all over the map.

Obama said he came to Cairo "to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world; one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect; and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive, and need not be in competition."

The New York Times says Obama "delivered a sweeping message that was forceful and, at times, scolding." Tweeting from Cairo, Howard Schneider writes: "Halftime analysis from the crowd: lets see how he implements it." The Wall Street Journal calls Obama "shrewd" to include a passage on women's rights, "noteworthy coming from the father of two girls." Obama got a standing ovation at the end, and Christiane Amanpour called the speech "a continuation of President Obama's detente" with the Muslim world on CNN.

Continue reading at Political Browser »

Posted at 8:15 AM ET on Jun 4, 2009  | Category:  The Rundown
Share This: Technorati talk bubble Technorati | Tag in | Digg This
Previous: POTUS Events: From Egypt to Germany | Next: Sotomayor's Senate Questionnaire Released

Add 44 to Your Site
Be the first to know when there's a new installment of The Trail. This widget is easy to add to your Web site, and it will update every time there's a new entry on The Trail.
Get This Widget >>


Please email us to report offensive comments.

Obama is an empty windbag.

Posted by: mock1ngb1rd | June 4, 2009 4:11 PM

President Obama outlined seven points - perhaps the seven points of the emerging Obama Doctrine. He has set the tone for future debate. ............

Posted by: glclark4750 | June 4, 2009 10:09 AM

How do you rate Obama's speech to Muslims from Egypt?


Posted by: usadblake | June 4, 2009 9:18 AM

The comments to this entry are closed.


© 2009 The Washington Post Company