• This is a rush transcript from "The Journal Editorial Report," June 6, 2009. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

    PAUL GIGOT, FOX HOST: Coming up on "The Journal Editorial Report"...


    PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I come here to Cairo to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world.


    GIGOT: President Obama's Middle East overture. Is it merely a new face on the old Bush agenda?

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    OBAMA: So long as our relationship is defined by our differences, we will empower those who sow hatred rather than peace, those who promote conflict rather than the cooperation that can help all of our people achieve justice and prosperity. This cycle of suspicion and discord must end.


    GIGOT: Welcome to "The Journal Editorial Report." I'm Paul Gigot.

    President Obama delivered his much-anticipated speech to the Muslim world in Cairo this week. Touted by some as a beginning of a new era in American Islamic relations, we detected some pretty familiar themes.

    Joining the panel this week, Wall Street Journal columnist and deputy editor, Dan Henninger; editorial board member, Dorothy Rabinowitz; foreign affairs columnist, Bret Stephens; and Washington columnist, Kim Strassel.

    Bret, at the risk of incurring Dorothy's scorn, I'm going to admit that I kind of liked much of what the president said this week. He talked about weapons rights. He talked about democracy in Egypt, in the dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak. How different was this speech from the themes that President Bush sounded?

    BRET STEPHENS, FORIEGN AFFAIRS COLUMNIST: Old wine in new bottles, Paul. Some of the language could have been lifted out of any number of President Bush's speeches not only about the democracy aspect of it, but respect for minorities, religious toleration, a whole series of themes that had been sounded by President Bush but hadn't quite achieved the effect. If it takes Obama's branding or packaging to put these messages across to the Arab and Muslim world, I think that's a good thing. There were aspects of the speech I didn't like.

    GIGOT: We'll talk about those.

    And I'm sure Dorothy will too. But one thing about the democracy speech, Dorothy, when the president talked about democracy, he got big applause.


    GIGOT: That's a good thing.