June 4th, 2009
11:00 AM ET

Obama draws from King in Cairo

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/06/04/egypt.obama.speech/art.thu.speech.afp.gi.jpg caption="President Obama, speaking in Cairo, Egypt, urges a new chapter in ties between the U.S. and the Muslim world."]

Eboo Patel
Interfaith Youth Core
The Washington Post

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. sought to bridge the great divides of his age by challenging the dominant paradigm and lifting up a new framework. King was clear: this isn't a black vs. white world, but a "live together as brothers or perish together as fools" world.

Today in Cairo, President Obama made his most King-like speech.
Obama came to Cairo to bridge one of the great divides of our age – between the United States and the Muslim world. And he drew from the same vision, grace and courage that King did.

He spoke of his admiration for Muslim civilization and its role across the ages in nurturing learning and progress, peace and pluralism. These are the same values that America has sought to advance. The stereotypes that Islam is only violent, or that America only seeks empire, are inaccurate and counterproductive. So is the focus only on the history of conflict. We have to begin our relationship on a different paradigm – the history of cooperation, and the power of our common principles.

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  1. Jillbee

    Thank you President Obama !
    You are a dream president.
    I believed your words during the election and thank God your actions reach much further.

    Thank you for visiting the middle east and making world peace important.
    You are not only very wise but truly a loving heart.
    A leader that understands what is needed to protect his own with intelligence and strength with out dismissing care and respect for others.
    You have shown all of Us in the USA an open heart and a bridge that we can cross hear at home and around the world.
    Humans are humans first no matter what religion or ethnic group and all can have and should strive for peace and mutual respect.
    You are truly a great man.
    May your efforts and words ring out threw the world from the highest point to the most desolate. May the jealous, bigoted and old thinking opposition find the bottom from which they come from !

    June 4, 2009 at 11:31 am |