No one speech can ever do justice to everything at once or cover every point to everyone's satisfaction at once.
Mr Obama's speech to the Islamic world in Cairo is no exception.
Possibly the fairest summation is that while it could have been better, but could also have been a lot worse.
Predictably, many of the Right in the USA were never going to see anything positive in it and have trawled it for the negatives.
Though hotair.com's Ed Morrissey found it "surprisingly good."
Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak are praising it: Israel: We hope Obama speech heralds new era in Mideast.
Charles Johnson from Little Green Footballs is a harsh critic of Islamism and the Palestinians, (and rightly so in my view), so he is no "shill" for the Muslim world.
But he is basically pretty favourable in relation to Mr Obama's efforts, concluding:
However, over at the Lefty Huffington Post, he has taken some stick over a perceived failure to address the status of women in much of the Islamic world.
I think the writer, Peter Daou, is exhibiting the unrealistic expectations I alluded to above.
One speech of a general nature can do no more than gloss over a number of topics. It cannot deal with any at length or in detail.
Now, speaking of shills, people who know me know I 'aint no shill for Obama.
But I've just reread the part of his speech where he refers to the status of women and I can't see a problem with it.
Okay, he doesn't particularly address Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow:
[only 13 years old when] stoned to death in Somalia by insurgents because she was raped. Reports indicate that was raped by three men while traveling by foot to visit her grandmother in conflict capital, Mogadishu. When she went to the authorities to report the crime, they accused her of adultery and sentenced her to death. Aisha was forced into a hole in a stadium of 1,000 onlookers as 50 men buried her up to the neck and cast stones at her until she died. When some of the people at the stadium tried to save her, militia opened fire on the crowd, killing a boy who was a bystander.
But the people who tried to save her, including the boy who was killed by the insurgents, were Muslims.
Daou is right in another way though. Despite the strange silence of so many Western feminists, the inescapable fact is that in many parts of the Islamic world woman are treated as second class citizens or worse.
The Niqab (the black full body covering, showing only the eyes) is not liberating, irrespective of the dewy-eyed whitterings of naive young female journalists who put it on for not even a full day and swan about on public transport in Western cities like here in Perth.
The women of Saudi Arabia tell a very different story. The more they cover up the greater the obsessive attention of men there they tell us.
But Obama wasn't giving a speech about the status of women.
He has also been criticised by Gay Patriot for ignoring the terrible plight of gay men throughout the Islamic world.
This criticism is harder to ignore because Mr Obama did indeed say absolutely nothing at all about things like this:
Alright, Iran is one of the worst offenders in this regard and hangings of young gay men like this are put on as debased public entertainments, but the situation in most Muslim countries is not good. It is just worse in some compared to others.
Could not Mr Obama have at least made a passing reference to this?