Text of Obama speech on the Mideast, North Africa

The text of President Barack Obama's speech Thursday on the Middle East and North Africa given at the State Department, as provided by the White House:I want to begin by thanking Hillary Clinton, who has traveled so much these last six months that she is approaching a new landmark -- 1 million frequent flyer miles. I count on Hillary every single day, and I believe that she will go down as one of the finest secretaries of state in our nation's history.The State Department is a fitting venue to mark a new chapter in American diplomacy. For six months, we have witnessed an extraordinary change taking place in the Middle East and North Africa. Square by square, town by town, country by country, the people have risen up to demand…
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