White House E-Mails Speech to Supporters
By Garance Franke-Ruta
Saying "It was a historic speech, and since many Americans were asleep at the time it was given we wanted to make sure you had a chance to see it," Obama senior adviser David Axelrod sent out a video of President Obama's speech in Cairo to the White House's e-mail list today.
"As a Senior Advisor to the President, I'm here in Cairo, Egypt where I watched President Obama deliver an unprecedented speech calling for a new beginning for the United States and Muslim communities around the world," Axelrod wrote.
"We all know that there has been tension between the United States and some Muslim communities. But, as the President said this morning, if all sides face the sources of tension squarely and focus on mutual interests, we can find a new way forward," he continued.
"The President outlined some big goals for this new beginning in his speech -- including disrupting, dismantling, and defeating violent extremism."
He concluded: "if we make an effort to bridge our differences rather than resigning ourselves to animosity, we can move toward a more peaceful world over time."
The move was part of the White House's broader efforts to use new media to circulate the message of his speech far and wide.
Posted at 1:19 PM ET on Jun 4, 2009
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