Notably, Obama made an emotional plea for the right of Palestinians to live in dignity in an independent state of their own. He even used the term "Palestine," in a break from standard references to a future Palestinian state.
Obama also became the first U.S. president to admit the U.S. role in the 1953 CIA-led coup of Iran's elected prime minister Mohammed Mossadegh, the Washington Times reports. "In the middle of the Cold War, the United States played a role in the overthrow of a democratically-elected Iranian government," he said, alluding to the coup.
"At the same time, Israelis must acknowledge that just as Israel's right to exist cannot be denied, neither can Palestine. The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements" on the West Bank and outskirts of Jerusalem, he said. "It is time for these settlements to stop."
As for Jerusalem itself, he said it should be a "secure and lasting home for Jews and Christians and Muslims ..."
He treaded lightly on one issue that President George W. Bush had made a centerpiece of his second term -- the spread of democracy.
Obama said he has a commitment to governments "that reflect the will of the people." And yet, he said, "No system of government can or should be imposed upon one nation by any other."
I know its an old speech, delivered June 4th, but this was the moment that I believed in Obama.
I'd loved him before but this just reinforced and drove home what I'd been suspecting all along: he has morals, values, compassion, intelligence, is open-minded...he is who we need to lead this world out of darkness.
A lot of weight on one man's shoulders, but he'll be able to do it because he can, and because we can.
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