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Speaking of the challenges ahead

"Speaking of the challenges ahead" Continued...

Obama ended his speech with rhetorical flourishes about "an unyielding belief that all people yearn for certain things" such as freedom, justice, and equality. But even the president acknowledged that poetic words and stirring speeches are the easy part. It will take more than heavily promoted oratory to overcome violent religious extremism, quell nuclear ambitions, and bring long-sought peace to the Middle East.

Edward Lee Pitts
Edward Lee Pitts

Lee is WORLD's Washington Bureau chief. As a reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, he was embedded with a National Guard unit in Iraq. He also once worked in the press office of Sen. Lamar Alexander.

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