For those who did not get a chance to see the speech, here it is in its entirety. My brief observations:
- I heard the president’s remarks as a hard-nosed discourse on the bleak realities of peace making and peace keeping.
- Comparisons to the Bush Doctrine depend wholly on taking segments of the speech out of context. (Why am I surprised?)
- The two phrases where the audience interrupted the speech to applaud:
“We lose ourselves when we compromise the very ideals that we fight to defend.”
“Let us reach for the world that ought to be… that spark of the divine that stirs within each of our souls.”
- Part 4 contains Mr. Obama’s trademark uplifting and inspiring vision of hope.