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June 4, 2009

David Frum Analzyes Obama's Cairo Speech

As Hugh Hewitt notes, excellent work by David Frum. He's very wrong about Rush, but very right about this speech:

President Obama likes to position himself as an intermediary, explaining two conflicting parties each to the other. He did so in his race speech in Philadelphia, he did so when he spoke about abortion at Notre Dame.

In Cairo, he took a similar position between the United States and the Islamic world. He urged Americans to take a positive view of Islam, and urged Muslims to take a positive view of the United States.

But whereas in Philadelphia and Notre Dame Obama was explaining two groups of Americans to each other, in Cairo he exhibited the amazing spectacle of an American president taking an equidistant position between the country he leads and its detractors and enemies. It is as if he saw himself as a judge in some legal dispute, People of the Islamic World v. United States. But the job to which he was elected was not that of impartial judge, but that of leader and champion of the American nation.

Unquestionably, it's the best analysis of the Cairo speech I've read today.

Krauthammer on Obama's speech: "Abstract, vapid, and self-absorbed"
"On The Other Hand..."

Cross posted from Hyscience

Posted by Richard at June 4, 2009 10:00 AM


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