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Week in Politics: Obama Speech To Muslim World

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Week in Politics: Obama Speech To Muslim World

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Week in Politics: Obama Speech To Muslim World

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Political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times say President Obama's much-anticipated speech to the Muslim world Thursday was realism cloaked in idealism.

Brooks says Obama's speech contained a "facade of idealism, but at the core (it was) a very realist, cautious and, in some ways, a Middle East policy that pulls back American dreams and ambitions."

Dionne says Obama "speaks as an idealist but has the mind of a realist."