Echoes of JFK?

After we got off the air today, Tom was chatting about a thought-provoking piece by blogger Amy Alexander on President Obama's historic Cairo speech.

She says that the Cairo speech, with its use of the traditional Arabic greeting, Assalaamu alaykum ("Peace be upon you"), had echoes of President John F. Kennedy's famous 1963 address in West Berlin, where he said "Ich bin ein Berliner" ("I am a Berliner'):

Its invocation yesterday by President Obama was a big deal, as significant as John F. Kennedy's busting out in German to demonstrate solidarity with citizens of that nation, as they struggled to rebuild their cities and reputation two decades after World War II...

What do you think? "Assalaamu alaykum" as the new "Ich bin ein Berliner"?

This program aired on June 5, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.


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