Obama: 'New Beginning Between U.S., Muslims'

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President Obama delivered an historic and unprecedented speech today in Cairo, Egypt.

His audience was the Muslim world, but he began by talking about his own personal faith.

"I am a Christian, but my father came from a Kenyan family that includes generations of Muslims," he said. "As a boy, I spent several years in Indonesia and heard the call of the azaan at the break of dawn and the fall of dusk."

The White House went to great lengths to promote the president's speech and to make sure people across the Muslim world could access it.

The Obama administration used social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook and Myspace to hold live chats and to spread the word about the speech.
They also sent out text messages, reminding people about the address.

The state department translated the speech into at least 13 different languages, including Arabic, Persian and Urdu, even creating a special website for it.

The official White House website, white house.gov, features a special video highlighting Muslim Americans that work for the U.S. federal government.

The president's speech was broken down into seven major sections.

The first was violent extremism, next was the Israeli, Palestinian situation, and third was nuclear weapons.

Fourth was democracy, fifth was religious freedom, sixth was women's rights and his final topic was economic development and opportunity.
The president then closed his speech by quoting from three religious texts.

"The Holy Koran tells us, 'O mankind! We have created you male and a female; and we have made you into nations and tribes so that you may know one another,'" he said. "The Talmud tells us: 'The whole of the Torah is for the purpose of promoting peace.' The Holy Bible tells us, 'Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.'"

The president made a surprise announcement during his speech revealing that after leaving Egypt he would be visiting the Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany.
He told his audience in Egypt, the camp was where Jews were enslaved, tortured, shot and gassed to death by the Third Reich. 

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