One year ago now, President Obama made a speech in Cairo, Egypt, that historians will probably consider to be among the most important of his presidency. There, he called America’s relationship with Israel “unbreakable,” but argued that Palestinians had “suffered in pursuit of a homeland” and vowed that the United States would not turn its back “on the legitimate Palestinian aspiration for dignity, opportunity and a state of their own.” He also said that while Sept. 11 fostered fear and anger in the United States, “in some cases, it led us to act contrary to our traditions and our ideals.” Elevated Risk created this word cloud showing which terms were repeated by the president possibly indicating emphasis he wished to place on certain ideas. “Terror” doesn’t even register, but assertive words like “will” and “must” do, as do the terms “progress” and “communities.” We’ve also posted video of the speech.


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G.W. Schulz is a reporter for Reveal, covering security, privacy, technology and criminal justice. Since joining The Center for Investigative Reporting in 2008, he's reported stories for NPR, KQED,, The Dallas Morning News, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, Mother Jones and more. Prior to that, he wrote for the San Francisco Bay Guardian and was an early contributor to The Chauncey Bailey Project, which won a Tom Renner Award from Investigative Reporters and Editors in 2008. Schulz also has won awards from the California Newspaper Publishers Association and the Society of Professional Journalists’ Northern California Chapter. He graduated from the University of Kansas and is based in Austin, Texas.