Obama 'Shrewd' in Cairo Speech

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 4, 2009 11:24 AM CDT

(Newser) – Most of America wasn’t even awake when it happened, but Barack Obama’s Cairo speech got people talking anyway, the Washington Post reports. The New York Times says Obama delivered a "sweeping and forceful—at times scolding and combative" message, which included what the Wall Street Journal called a “shrewd” statement about women's rights. But overall, it was part of Obama’s détente with the Muslim world, and earned a standing ovation from the crowd.

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In his call for greater understanding, Obama made his most detailed reference yet to his Muslim roots, notes Mike Allen of Politico, while Haaretz saw a “blunt repudiation” of Israel’s West Bank policy. Obama also spoke less-than-glowingly about the Iraq war, and "studiously" avoided the word "terrorism," much to the frustration of Michael Rubin of the National Review. (Read more Barack Obama stories.)

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