Obama not a messiah – He is Islamic Bak Magic .By George Youssef

An ultra-Orthodox Jew watches President Obama's speech on TV screens at a shopping center in Jerusalem on June 4, 2009
An ultra-Orthodox Jew watches President Obama’s speech on TV screens at a shopping center in Jerusalem on June 4, 2009
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VIDEO REPORTS

Barack Obama Obama’s Middle East speech in full


Woman Middle East reaction to Obama’s speech


On Iran’s nuclear aims
On Israel and the Palestinians

Our analysis

 

Paul Reynolds, BBC world affairs correspondent, says:

 

Paul Reynolds

“The key phrase here and of the whole speech is a new beginning, with mutual interest and mutual trust added for good effect. In this opening section, the president seeks the common ground – he will leave differences until afterwards.

“He quotes from the Koran (Be conscious of God and always speak the truth) before he quotes from the Bible and the Torah as a way of flattering his audience.

“But he also uses the authority of the quotation to justify being quite blunt in places. But first, this part is about creating a sense of shared experiences.

“Right at the top he refers to 9/11 and violent extremists (no mention of al-Qaeda by name – that would accord it respect) among a small but potent minority of Muslims. He wants to break this cycle of suspicion.

 

Part of this conviction is rooted in my own experience. I am a Christian, but my father came from a Kenyan family that includes generations of Muslims. As a boy, I spent several years in Indonesia and heard the call of the azaan at the break of dawn and at the fall of dusk. As a young man, I worked in Chicago communities where many found dignity and peace in their Muslim faith.

 

President Obama in Cairo
President Obama prepares to make his speech

As a student of history, I also know civilisation’s debt to Islam. It was Islam – at places like Al-Azhar – that carried the light of learning through so many centuries, paving the way for Europe’s Renaissance and Enlightenment. (Applause.) It was innovation in Muslim communities that developed the order of algebra; our magnetic compass and tools of navigation; our mastery of pens and printing; our understanding of how disease spreads and how it can be healed. Islamic culture has given us majestic arches and soaring spires; timeless poetry and cherished music; elegant calligraphy and places of peaceful contemplation. And throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality. (Applause.)

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President Obama during his historic speech at Cairo University this morning.


Cairo greets Obama (Photo: AFP)

Photo: AFP
Obama speaking in Cairo  Photo: AFP
 
Photo: AP
With Egyptian President Mubarak  Photo: AP

obama-cairoPresident Barack Obama gave a speech in Cairo encouraging the Muslim world that the United States was an ally in the quest for world peace. Watch video highlights from the speech.

Read the full live speech transcript on the Huffington Post. 

President Barack Obama

Here is the Obama Cairo speech video. President Barack Obama made his highly anticipated address to the Muslin world on June 4, 2009 in Cairo, Egypt. See the video, transcript and photos here.http://www.usatoday.com/news/n090603_obamatrip/flash.htm?gid=1031

Here are several photos from the June 4, 2009 Obama Speech in Cairo: Photos: Obama in Egypt

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