Thursday, June 4, 2009


President Obama's Cairo speech strikes a new tone and puts America on a broadened path with the Middle East.

If you want to read the entire speech, with interactive (streaming) video, click here.

President Obama pointed to several areas that demonstrated religious tolerance in the U.S. and how Islam has always been a part of our history. Among those included his reference to Morroco being the first nation to recognize the United States and how an elected member of Congress used the same Koran that Thomas Jefferson had in his library at his swearing in ceremony.

On the surface, it appears that President Obama's trump card is that he is not President Bush (who derailed the 2003 "Road Map to Peace" proposal). Put another way, the messenger matters.

I'll touch on this and other issues facing the U.S. in the Middle East on Saturday.

- Mark

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