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Transformative Moment?

People all over the world are watching replays and coverage of President Obama’s big speech in Cairo. Conservatives, of course, are already attacking it, sometimes without bothering to read or listen to it.
TDS Co-Editor William Galston has an interesting take on the speech at TNR today. Comparing the President’s words to those of Ronald Reagan, he suggests that Obama, like Reagan, believes his presidency coincides with a transformative moment in national and world history–you know, sort of like his campaign represented one of those moments in American politics:

Barack Obama is president today because he understood the moment better than anyone else and had the imagination and courage to seize it. He is conducting his presidency on the same basis as he did his campaign, and he may be right again. Whatever happens, it will be one heck of a ride.

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