Went to blog morning Joe and got the speech live.
6:18 a.m. A lot of this speech makes him sound much more Islamic than he is but this is rhetoric.
6:20 a.m. He mentions the Adams treaty but doesn’t mention the tribute stuff
6:24 a.m. Extremism anywhere hurts everywhere
6:24 a.m. He quotes the Koran a bit.
6:26 a.m. Like all people we reject the killing of innocent women and children
6:28 a.m. Let us be clear some would deny or cheer 9/11 but let me make things clear Al Quada killed 3,000 innocent Americans on 9/11. This is not a something to be debated but a fact.
The audience didn’t clap to that, there will be a lot of truthers who will be angry about that.
6:30 a.m. We have a coalition of 46 countries that are fighting with us. MSNBC must have hated broadcasting that.
6:31 a.m. “Iraq is a war of choice”
6:32 a.m. He declares all troops will be out by 2012 or Iraq in 2012.
6:34 a.m. Gitmo will be closed by next year. They don’t know about Geraghty’s rule.
6:36 a.m. He states bluntly the Holocaust took place and that it can’t be denied or minimized and talks about the historical persecution of Jews. No applause lines here.
6:38 a.m. It is not a sign of strength to shoot rockets at children or blow up old women on buses.
6:40 a.m. If he quotes the Koran or hits Israel he gets applause. Any statement concerning Israel’s rights meets with stony silence.
6:42 a.m. Arab governments must not use the Arab Israeli conflict to distract from other problems.
6:43 a.m. The holy land needs to be a place where all the children of Abraham can live in peace.
6:44 a.m. He uses the “peace be upon them” formula for a reference to Jesus, Moses and Mohamed. That gets a lot of applause but will cause him grief here.
6:45 a.m. He is now talking about Iranian nukes. He talks about the coup of the 50’s and of Iranian acts against the US and other nations
6:46 a.m. No single nation should be able to decide who controls nukes. Iran has the right to peaceful nuclear power but also responsibilities.
6:48 a.m. Talks about democracy, he is sounding a lot like a certain Texan that we once knew.
6:50 a.m. We can’t impose a type of government but there are basic rights that all people want.
6:51 a.m. There are some who advocate for democracy only when out of power.
6:53 a.m. He decries religious violence and defends the Coptic in Egypt and the Maronites in Lebanon.
6:54 a.m. He attacks laws against the burka. You can’t deny the rights of a religion under the guise of liberalism.
6:55 a.m. Speaks up for woman’s education. I’m convinced our daughters can contribute just as much as our sons. This is an incredible thing to say in a speech here. I respect those woman who choose to live a traditional life but it must be their choice. For this alone this speech is critical.
6:56 a.m. Decries the modern cultural spread of violence and sex but says modern economic development can’t be denied over those cultural fears.
6:58 a.m. Talks about how his father came to America and economic development.
7:01 a.m. If we choose to be chained to the past we will never move forward.
7:02 a.m. It’s easier to blame others than look inward. That’s a radical statement to publicly make in an Arab country.
7:04 a.m. Quotes the Koran, Talmud and the New Testament over peace.
7:05 a.m. Closes with “Peace be upon you” started to say God bless but backed up.
You know a lot of what he is saying is fluff but a lot of this needed to be publicly and heard in the Islamic world.
In my opinion this is the single most important act of president Obama’s presidency and might be the best justification for his election. This speech IS worth the praise that Chris Matthews gave much lesser BS campaign speeches he gave over Rev Wright. Mainly because he has spoken out loud to an Islamic audience things that needed to be said for people faces in this area for decades. This is the “only Nixon can go to China moment.” This one has the chance to be a game changer in the Islamic world.
7:31 a.m. Back to Morning Joe Liz Cheney now being interview.
7:33 a.m. She says it missed some fundamental points. Talks moral relativism, this is correct but that wouldn’t play there. She thinks it would have. Carter like is a big hit.
7:35 a.m. Haas point out that this was not the place for a policy speech.
7:39 a.m. I haven’t seen Dylan “moneyparty” for a while.
7:46 a.m. Jarrett shoveling makes it lesser than it actually is.
8:03 a.m. It only has impact if it follows with policy, I’m not so sure myself.
8:10 a.m. All about Twitter
8:14 a.m. Would you invite a foreign government to come into Michigan to build? Mich gov touts tax breaks.
8:18 a.m. I’m with Mika on the Twitter thing
8:22 a.m. 20th anniversary protests in Hong Kong over Tiananmen Square they only give it a moment.
8:30 a.m. Nancy Reagan stuff It’s amazing how many liberals pretend they liked Reagan now.
8:42 a.m. Joe vs Goodwin, they ignore the words of the liberals that say various things.
8:45 a.m. He does the 4% 25% BS