President Obama walks to the podium in the Rose Garden of the White House to deliver remarks on the Senate Finance Committee's vote to approve health insurance reform in October 2009.
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In his speech addressing the Muslim world on Thursday, President Obama will attempt partially to close the gap between U.S. ideals about democracy and its strategic interests in the Middle East and North Africa. It won't be easy.
Obama is using the occasion of the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden to recalibrate the United States' relationship with the Muslim world. It's a hopeful moment, both because of that triumph against terrorism, as well as the push for democracy seen throughout the region this year.
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