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Obama offers a ‘new beginning’ for U.S., Muslims

June 4, 2009

President Obama delivered some inspiring words in Cairo that seemed to be embraced by the audience, though, according to this Reuters report, some wanted more specifics about policy. Fair enough. Obama is a good speechmaker, but the devil, as they say, is in the details. But as long as we’re dealing with the big picture, here’s an uplifting segment from his address:

“I have come here to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world, one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect,” he said. “America and Islam are not exclusive, and need not be in competition.”

“This cycle of suspicion and discord must end,” he added.

Indeed. I am eager to hear the reactions from Muslims today when I participate in a conference call with Juliette Kayyem, the Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Programs. Kayyem, who is one of the highest ranking Arab Americans serving in the administration. Stay tuned.

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