This last point is important because there are some who advocate for democracy only when they are out of power; once in power, they are ruthless in suppressing the rights of others. No matter where it takes hold, government of the people and by the people sets a single standard for all who hold power: you must maintain your power through consent, not coercion; you must respect the rights of minorities, and participate with a spirit of tolerance and compromise; you must place the interests of your people and the legitimate workings of the political process above your party. Without these ingredients, elections alone do not make true democracy.
A timely speech from a timeless city as described by Obama. The good thing is that he did not come to preach but to extend a hand with humility. There has been so much mistrust between America and the Muslim world. I though the speech did a wonderful job of presenting a fresh start and hope for new beginning. Such is the change that swept the US and brought about a new leadership; only if we could experience the same through true democracy.