Students at Cairo University listen to President Barack Obama during his speech there on June 4, 2009. In his speech, President Obama called for a 'new beginning between the United States and Muslims', declaring that 'this cycle of suspicion and discord must end'. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


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  • Stella's eye 6y

    Excellent, excellent shot!! So great to see people's expressions and reactions...Fantastic!
  • vtpeacenik 6y

    That look of hope on her face and skepticism on his face is just what I would expect from each of the genders. She's hoping to gain some ground, he's afraid of losing some ground.
  • Mandana (on and off) 6y

  • sahar_ashour87 6y

    Wow... thanks for all these great comments! I was so surprised to find my pic posted here....

    While yes, I do have hope that Obama will bring the change that he promised, I have to disagree with vtpeacenik... I am not hoping to gain ground... As an Egyptian citizen I have ground already and trust me, my fiance-to-be sitting next to me is not afraid to lose ground. He clapped the loudest when Obama said that "our daughters can contribute as much to our society as our sons"! =)

    I am praying for the best and I truly enjoyed being present at such a historical speech and I'm flattered by all the comments.
    Thank you!
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  • Robert Carrier 6y

    Phenomenal photo!
  • Ahmed Hady 6y

    ok i'm glad to find Sahar's photoe in such site while me sitting beside her, i know how expressive her face is and how she was interested and inspired by the speech, but i want to add something specially to Vtpeacnik: i wish that u know a lot about Islam which dignified woman and honors her so i would fear nothing while i believe in a religion gives the woman rights more than she has now in the whole world, it is not about who loses or gains a ground it is about achieving better future.
  • Peter Wilding 6y

    Stunning photo. It says a thousand words of hearts of joy.
  • Richard Wayne 6y

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  • DixieDolphin 6y

    Wow, this is a magnificent photo! It shows both the hope and the skepticism, which I think is reflected in many of the people who listened to Obama's speech in Cairo yesterday. Wonderful shot!

    And a wonderful speech, too. Now, I just hope actions can live up to the words! I voted for Obama in the hopes of a more just and even-handed approach to the MidEast, here's hoping he delivers!
  • Michael (a.k.a. moik) McCullough 6y

    Nice photo - Congrats on EXPLORE!

    Seen in the interestingness archives. (?)
  • Sergiu Vendlinger 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called FotoPlazza, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Ana Santos 6y

    It was a great speech.
  • nofare 6y

    Let us not forget that “The Obama White House is supporting a new bill (sponsored by Sens. Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman) whose sole purpose is allowing the government to suppress any ‘photograph taken between September 11, 2001 and January 22, 2009′ relating to the treatment of detainees in the ‘War on Terror.’ In other words, Obama wants Congress to change the FOIA so that the courts can’t compel release of any more torture photos.”
  • LadyDee's 6y

    That speech was solid and historic.
  • Cherylyn Crill-Hornsby 6y

    Sahar and Ahmed, thank you for sharing your thoughts.
  • Leslie Hawes 6y

    Thank you to Sahar Ashour and Ahmed Hady!
  • screaming71datsun510 6y

    When The President of the United States speaks the whole world listens...
  • Beth Wales 6y

    Great candid photograph. Captures the mood of the moment.
    Glad the young people were able to give us an insight into their thoughts as this was taken.
  • Zeina Midhat 6y

    great shot
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