President Obama will arrive in Egypt on June 4th in order to give a speech on U.S. relations with the Muslim world. He pledged during the campaign to deliver a speech from a Muslim capital during his first few months in office, but the details of the event have been held up by diplomatic and security needs. The last American politician to speak publicly in Egypt was Condoleezza Rice in 2005, who elicited scorn for criticizing Egyptian and other Middle Eastern governments' crackdowns on democracy. While Obama is likely to have learned from Rice's mistake, he did include more room in his budget than the Bush administration Egyptian pro-democracy groups that are not approved by the government.
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