US President Barack Obama is set to announce billions in aid funding for the Middle East. Meanwhile Americans are facing massive government cuts to social programs and continue to face price hikes, foreclosures and high unemployment.
In support of Egypt, Tunisia and other Arab Spring uprisings Obama is set to grant billions of dollars in aid and support to assist Arab democracies.
Obama’s support in the Arab world had declined significantly over the past two years. Many felt he was too slow to recognize and support protests across North Africa and the Middle East.
In his speech Obama is expected to address the Arab protests, praising the people and the growth of democracy and the recognition of human rights. He will likely omit any notions of US support for regional authoritarian regimes – including past support for Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi or Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak.
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