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It was magical inside the great hall of Cairo University, said Emad el-Din Adib, one of the Middle East's famous media personalities.

He was one of the 3,000 people invited to listen to President Obama's speech in person. Adib told an Egyptian TV show, "President Obama's charisma is unquestionable, but it's the substance and depth of his speech that made the hall roar."

Away from the hall, on social networking Web sites, the reaction was more diverse. Read full article »

CNN's Ben Wedeman, Richard Allen Greene, Reza Sayah and Yousif Bassil contributed to this report.

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