Southland Muslim leaders are praising President Barack Obama's speech in Cairo. They told KPCC's Shirley Jahad that it marks a new beginning in the United States’ relations with the Muslim world.
Shirley Jahad: The Muslim Public Affairs Council’s Maher Hathout gave high marks to the president’s Cairo University address.
Maher Hatout: It is a manifesto between the United States - the way the United States should be - and the Muslim world. It is a paradigm shift.
Jahad: Some patrons in the lunchtime crowd at Wahib's Middle Eastern Restaurant in Alhambra offered a more restrained response. Between bites of lentils and rice, Farid Hentabli also praised the speech. But he added that what comes next will matter more.
Farid Hentabli: Obama is going to have to do a lot of things to undo what has been done in the last eight years under the Bush administration's policy toward the Middle East and Muslims in general. And maybe this speech is the beginning of a new era, a new relationship, between the Middle East and the US.
Jahad: Hentabli said the Obama administration will have to follow the president’s words with some concrete changes in policy toward the Muslim world.