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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 teaches journalism at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, and is the associate dean of the World Journalism Institute.

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