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Tuesday, June 23, 2009; 6:11 PM

By Scott Wilson President Obama today stepped up his condemnation of the Iranian government's violent suppression of demonstrations -- and the White House wanted to make sure the Iranians themselves took note. Obama began his mid-day news conference with a prepared statement in which he said "the United States and the international community have been appalled and outraged by the threats, beatings and imprisonments of the last few days." Soon after, the White House posted the statement on its website -- in English and Farsi. In addition, White House staff provided a tweet of the news conference in Farsi and subtitled the web video of Obama delivering the statement in that language. The multilingual outreach is of a piece with this White House's extraordinary effort to ensure that as many Muslims as possible heard Obama's June 4 speech in Cairo, his outreach to the Islamic world. Transcripts of that speech


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