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Obama in Cairo, posted June 6, 2009 at 12:00 AM

I spent a glorious week indulging in family fun and selfish birthday extravaganzas (more on all that soon!). But history and politics rolled on without even tipping their hats! I just watched the president's speech that he gave yesterday in Cairo. I am very moved by it, and I remain convinced that we elected the right person at the right time. The speech is well-constructed--as always with Obama--and it builds to an ending that allows for the whole to be more than the sum of its parts. If you haven't watched it, please do:

I do not want to see this president turn too far outward at this point--we have far too many domestic issues to address. But so far he has proven his ability to handle more than one task at a time. This speech gives me hope--for the first time in a long long time--that something can actually move forward on the Israel/Palestine issue. (I'm still pessimistic, but for once I actually have hope). More importantly, I think a speech like this truly indicates Obama's commitment to changing the awful course of violence and stupidity that our previous president set us on. Finally, I should note that this speech, which was completely addressed to religious peoples, gave me, a firm non-believer, some confidence that tolerance actually stands a chance of survival in our world. Please god I hope that's true.

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