President Barack Obama went into his Middle East speech today with unusually high domestic approval ratings. On MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts this morning, The Nation‘s Melissa Harris-Perry argues that the speech was not only for Americans but also for people in the Middle East, where his poll numbers aren’t so high. Prior to his speech, Harris-Perry says that Obama needs to "explain why the policies of his administration during the course of the Arab Spring did not cohere with the kind of hopeful discourse that he offered to the region earlier."

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—Kevin Gosztola