I suspect we just might be witnessing greatness.
Here's an evaluation I happened upon by Jonathan Freedland, an Australian writer:
IN AN ancient city, America's still-new President aimed to heal a rift that has endured for decades, if not centuries. Barack Obama stood before a crowd of 3000 in the great hall of Cairo University on Thursday to deliver a speech that demonstrated not only his trademark eloquence, but also the sheer ambition of his purpose — nothing less than bridging the divide between Islam and the West.If you didn't hear the Cairo speech, read it here.
"No single speech can eradicate years of mistrust," Obama began, mindful of the expectations that preceded this event. Still, as he has proved, a major address can have a major impact, and there will be few more masterful speeches than this one.
(Read more here.)
And read his wonderful D-Day speech here. Listen to an excerpt here.