Mich. Arab, Muslim leaders pleased by Obama speech

Dearborn, MI – Dearborn, MI (AP) - Leaders from Michigan's large Arab- and Muslim-American community say they are encouraged by President Barack Obama's words to the Muslim world but are reserving ultimate judgment until they see action.

Members of the Dearborn-based Congress of Arab American Organizations said Thursday during a news conference that Obama's speech in Cairo signals a new era in relations between the United States and Muslims. It also shows an openness to resolve issues such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Imad Hamad is regional director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. He says Obama should follow his speech by directly talking to U.S. Arabs and Muslims.

Obama made his much-anticipated speech to the Muslim world
earlier Thursday at Cairo University.