Critics were quick to notice that President Obama adeptly sidestepped the question when asked a few weeks ago by a young student in India to define Jihad. "The phrase Jihad has a lot of meanings in Islam and is subject to a lot of different interpretations," the President replied. Without giving any of those meanings, the President went on to assure the student that most Muslims are peaceful, and that Islam is one of the world's great religions.
For those willing to invest 90 minutes for a deeper understanding of Jihad as understood by those who take it most seriously, this link is worth following (immediately under the video, click to watch the English version). I watched the documentary when it first appeared in Arabic a year or two ago, but this link provides English subtitles. As host Rashid says, "I'm not going to say "Happy viewing", because what you are about to watch is not Happy. But it is important, and it is real."