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Mixed Reaction In Cairo To Obama Speech

And we’re going to hear some reaction now from those in the audience and beyond. NPR’s Deborah Amos, reports from Cairo.

canada goose DEBORAH AMOS: The president got a standing ovation at Cairo University, as he wrapped up his speech. Someone yelled we love you, and then the only departure from his prepared remarks, the president said thank you. canada goose

canada goose clearance sale AMOS: Outside the hall, the students took group photos to mark the event. After such high expectations and fears that the president would disappoint, Egyptians welcome Mr. Obama’s outrage, says Mahmoud Abaza, the head of the Wafd, Egypt’s oldest political party. canada goose clearance sale

Mr. MAHMOUD ABAZA (Wafd): I think he was calling for a new start. As a start, I think it’s a success.

AMOS: The rousing speech in the heart of the Arab world was punctuated with quotations from the Quran. The audience gasped then wildly applauded when Mr. Obama said he was bringing greetings of peace from American Muslims. And he used an Arabic phrase asalaam aleikum, peace be upon you, to address the audience. Nana Maharah(ph), a political science major and a skeptic before the speech, said she was won over by the president’s openness to Islam.

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AMOS: Maharah say she heard in the speech a sense of shared values, including a repudiation of repressive regimes in the region.

Ms. MAHARAH: Hip criticism to oppressive regimes really touched my heart because we suffer from it.

AMOS: But her views were not shared by some of the dissidents and activists in the audience at the invitation of the White House. Mahmoud Salem, an Egyptian blogger known as Sand Monkey, give the president’s speech high marks for opening a dialogue but on the president’s political promises, he was more reserved.

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AMOS: Across the political spectrum today similar reactions canada goose factory outlet vancouver to the speech: A sense that the president brought a dramatic change in tone, but judgments are still reserved on the hard issues that separate American foreign policy from Arab and Muslim interests. In one of the many open letters before the president’s visit, a columnist reminded Mr. Obama that to win hearts, he had to win minds first. Publisher Hishan Kasam, part of Egypt’s opposition movement noted that the president touched on all the issues that are important without giving specific details on how to deal with them.

Canada Goose online Mr. HISHAN KASAM (Publisher): It’s a declaration of good will. But it’s not a policy speech. There is very little to hold Obama accountable too in the future on anything he said. Canada Goose online

Canada Goose Online AMOS: Deeds not words is an often repeated phrase, says Kasam. This was one speech, an important one, but more must follow to engage the country. Canada Goose Online

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canadian goose jacket AMOS: Today, no one in Cairo could miss that President Barack Obama was in town. Cairo’s main streets were nearly empty until nightfall, as police fanned out across canada goose outlet ottawa the city for Obama’s address and his visit to a medieval mosque and then the pyramids. A headline in Ad Dastur, an opposition newspaper, captured the aggravation of ordinary Egyptians. Today Obama visits Egypt, after evacuating it of canada goose outlet toronto location Egyptians. canadian goose jacket

Deborah Amos, canada goose outlet NPR News, Cairo.

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Obama said Israel must halt settlements in the West Bank and that Palestinians must have their own independent state. has no desire for bases or a permanent military presence in Afghanistan. A government statement Thursday said Israel will «do all it can» to widen regional peace while preserving its own security.

In his speech, Obama recalled his childhood spent in Indonesia, where he «heard the call of the azaan (call to prayer) at the break of dawn and the fall of dusk.» At several points in the speech, he referred to the Quran, the Muslim holy book, and its teachings of peace.

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