To me it seems pretty obvious he talking about the “Arab Spring,” especially when you read his speech on the Arab uprisings, which uses the same phrases as the line I highlighted below in his Rosh Hashanah message.
Hello, everybody. Shana Tova.
The days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are a time for repentance and reflection. An opportunity to reaffirm our friendships, renew our commitments, and reflect on the values we cherish.
As the High Holidays begin, we look back on all the moments during the past year that give us reason to hope. Around the world, a new generation is reaching for their universal rights. Here in the United States, we’ve responded to our challenges by focusing on the things that really matter — friendship, family, and community.