I’ve come here to Cairo to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world, one based on mutual interest and mutual respect, and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles — principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.

— Excerpt from President Barack Obama’s speech at Cairo University in Egypt on June 4th, 2009 before a crowd of about three thousand people.