Thursday, June 04, 2009

Obama's Speech in Cairo, June 4, 2009

This morning I was making breakfast for my family while listening to Obama's speech live from Cairo. At first, I went about my chores partially focused on his words. As the speech progressed, I found myself standing still and just listening to the radio. What a powerful and moving speech.

When I returned home from work today, I watched it on youtube and took it all in again. I can't explain how moved I was to hear our leader speaking so thoughtfully and respectfully to the Arab world. I have a good number of Arab/Iranian and Muslim friends and acquaintances. Living in this country can be very painful for them -- even though they are as American as I am. Obama's remarks started a healing process we haven't known since 9/11. Salam.