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Sunday, June 07, 2009

Obama's speech at Cairo University in full

BBC iPlayer - Briefings: Barack Obama
For a limited time. UK only

"Recorded coverage of President Barack Obama making a keynote speech at Cairo University as part of his tour of the Middle East and Europe, from Thursday 4 June."

It is a great speech. Once again, Obama recycles Lincoln's phraseology - as he always does - to great effect. "We meet here today" etc, as in the Gettysburg address. He talks persuasively - of course - about Islam and America. He seems intent on steering a course out of brutality towards harmony, but his pragmatism encompasses the bombing of Afghanistan, which is hard to reconcile with what he says.


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