America's problems with Arabs and its challenges in the Middle East are far from over. Mr. Obama must still fulfill his promises to celebrate with Palestinians their full membership in the United Nations this fall and to draw down its forces in Afghanistan.
People in America need to hear this type of leadership, and the people in the region who are risking everything -- including their lives -- to protest tyranny absolutely deserve to hear from Obama at this point.
From the Emir of Qatar to the Prime Minister of Turkey, the message to Secretary Clinton was that renewed momentum in the Arab-Israeli peace process was crucial to reverse the slide in the president's credibility throughout the Muslim world.
If someone threw a shoe, I have no doubt that Obama would have dodged it in a graceful slow-motion style like Neo from The Matrix and he wouldn't have even missed a word from his speech while doing it.
In Cairo, President Obama employed a variety of historical, liturgical, and political references to express America's hope for a new beginning with the Islamic world. Here are ten critical lines from the speech.