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Egypt Reacts to Obama’s Visit

June 8, 2009

A survey of reactions to President Obama’s trip to Cairo from journalists in Egypt. Though some of the reactions not surprisingly focus on Obama’s pledge of “unbreakable” support for Israel, the consistent theme appears to be optimism at the potential for positive engagement between the United States and the Middle East. The story is at the Egyptian Gazette. An excerpt:

Writing for Al-Masry Al-Youm independent daily Abdel-Moneim Saeed made an analogy between Obama and late Egyptian president Anwar el-Sadat when he visited Jerusalem and delivered his historic speech in the Knesset (Israeli parliament). Saeed believes that the credibility of both presidents was their key to the hearts and minds of the public opinion. The writer also made a comparison between the last visit of former US president George W.Bush to Iraq and that of Obama to Cairo.In the first instance a shoe was thrown at Bush,but in the second,one of the audience shouted out: “We love you,Obama ”. According to Saeed,Obama ‘s message had reached the audience,owing either to its content or to the persuasion of the deliverer.But he asked if the eight-hour visit would be able to change the face of history.

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