What I wish Obama had said day one:
I didn't care for this particular YouTube video. I don't think many in my State Department would agree with it in any way. But in this country, that does not matter. In this country, we allow people to speak their minds, whether or not they agree with those of us in office. No, that's not quite right. We protect their right to speak particularly when they don't agree with those of us in office. I have sworn an oath to do so. Browse YouTube and you will see hundreds of videos charicaturing me personally in ways I find hurtful. You will find videos supporting and attacking nearly every religion, political party, or idea you can imagine.
Many nations are sometimes awed, overwhelmed, angry, envious at the power and wealth of this country. But this did not happen by accident. We are wealthy and successful because we hold ourselves consistently to a set of principles, and among the most important of these is freedom of expression.