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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.

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I was pleased to get a transcipt of the speech, and to read it in verbatim.

Consequently, I listened to the pundits/naysayers, well after they added that 'filter' which usually separates the speaker from his message.

As a journalist at heart and one who loves to decide for myself how to interpret the 'what' in any message, I appreciated that courtesy. Thank you Mr. President!

Posted by: Victoria5 | June 6, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

So well said, mock1ngb1rd. And why is there not a dissenting word from the media? Why is the WaPo and all of its journalists acting like lovestruck school girls instead of just reporting the news?

"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."

And how amusing to think that the WaPo's idea of "new media" is BHO sending an email to his address book of sycophants. Clueless, utterly clueless.

Posted by: joanne600 | June 4, 2009 11:44 PM | Report abuse

True, Joanne600. Both crimes are despicable, cowardly acts of domestic terrorism. But the disparate treatment of the two brutal cases by both the White House and the media is striking. President Obama issued a statement condemning "heinous acts of violence" within hours of Tiller's death, but Obama was silent about the military recruiter attacks that left 24-year-old Pvt. William Long dead and 18-year-old Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula gravely wounded...

Why the silence? Could it be because Tiller's suspected murderer, Scott Roeder, is white, Christian, anti-government and anti-abortion, while the gunman in the military recruitment center attack, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, is black, Muslim, anti-military and anti-American?

Could it be that's why Obama said nothing, just a few weeks after he failed to mention the Bronx jihadi plot to bomb synagogues and a National Guard air base during his speech on homeland security?

Why the silence?

Posted by: mock1ngb1rd | June 4, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

With the President saying that Islam is a "revealed" religion- meaning that it is of divine origins- he is okaying the sawing-off of heads and other butchering that Muslims commonly practice on captured enemies. Great going Barack. I won't be fooled again!

Posted by: sperrico | June 4, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

When is Obama going to comment on the fact that a radical black Muslim shot and killed an Army recruiter in Arkansas? Do ANY feminists in this country care that women in the Middle East are regularly abused and discriminated against soley because of their gender? And, yes, why are nukes good for Iran, but nuclear power in the US can not be abided? Windmills, solar panels, golf cart sized cars - when is America going to wake up and see what this man is doing to us?

Posted by: joanne600 | June 4, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: flintston | June 4, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Why is nuclear power a viable energy source for Iran but not for America?

Posted by: mock1ngb1rd | June 4, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

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