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.
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