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June 3rd, 2009
04:07 PM ET

Pres. Obama in Egypt: Muslim Fence Mending or "Apology" Tour?

President Obama will be Cairo, Egypt to deliver what's being called a "major speech" to Muslims. White House officials say the President will address issues "that matter to people's lives" such as economic development, education, health, science and technology. President Obama is also expected to express the need to promote democracy and human rights.

Obama arrives Wednesday in the Saudi Arabian capital on the first leg of his trip to the Mideast and Europe.

Back home, potential 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney says Obama needs to stop using foreign soil to apologize for U.S. relations.

We'll have reaction from our reporters around the world: including Iraq, Lebanon, Israel, Pakistan and Afghanistan. But we want to hear what YOU think.

The speech will be broadcast in the 6am ET hour. CNN's American Morning will carry it LIVE. Leave your comments below or check out this iReport assignment.

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  1. Gilbert West

    First of all, Mitt Romney needs to sit down and shut-up. He clearly knows nothing about world affairs beyond buy-for–a-nickel and sell-for-a-dime, and any fool can do that.

    It is important that President Obama speak to the Muslim world and let them know that Americans are not just a bunch of Zionist flunkies. Up until now, it seems all of our former presidents exhibited cowardice before the zionist bullies in Israel. This is not a posture from which to administer justice. If we are to help in the region, we should do so in an honest, straight-forward and meaningful way, not just token gestures that will come back to haunt us. Israel needs to und that We... Americans pick our own friends. Anybody who keeps claiming to be your best friend is usually being deceitful. That approach would never cut it on the streest of New York City, and there is no reason why Washington should be suckered-in by these fraudulent claims. Friends don't create problems for their friends. Everywhere these people have gone, they have created problems. We need to let the Islamic world know that they can be our friends too, and that offer of friendship is not conditioned upon their settling for second-class citizenship in their own lands.

    June 3, 2009 at 5:50 pm |

    Muslims is not expecting only to hear history words and sentences but also they want to hear a new page of promises and action.This is what they want to hear :America will stop unfair political,financial and military support for israels . America will force israel to allow and accept palestine demands .Ameriac will stop stamping muslim countries, muslim freedom fighters and individuals around the world the word of terrorist.America will stop destroying muslim countries, killing their leaders,bombing their innocent people and displacing them. America will stop creating conflicts between muslims. if obama do that, muslims and non muslims will make this world a better place to live.
    Abdirizak Alberta Canada.

    June 4, 2009 at 4:21 am |
  3. Ferede

    This was the most powerful and important speech delivered by President OBAMA not just to the muslims but to those who doubt about his commitment to bring change not just to the US but to the world by spreading the words of tolerance, harmony and mutual respect between christians and muslims and in particular to make it clear to the billions of muslims in the US and around the world that America is their friend not their enemy.
    This is not an appology. He is true leader who is confident and believes in equality, civil liberty and non aggression. He has taken America to the forefront as a moral leader of our time and for generation to come.
    The right wing members are trying to use this as propoganda machine in order to justify their unwarranted war in iraq and the suffering of the Palestinian people.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  4. Mary Jane

    Obama did a great speach. It is about leaders started talking about how everybody can work together to make the world a better. Israelie need to contribute too.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:56 pm |
  5. Emad Kamel

    President Obama's visit to Egypt in photos, shows that he went to the Pyramids, which is good, and also shows that he went to visit Mosques,
    which represents some history in the Land of Egypt.

    But I am kind of surprised not to see that he did not visit any of the Churches or sites that the Holy family some 2000 years ago, were staying at. " Out of Egypt, I called My Son "

    Just wondering !

    June 5, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  6. Maaz

    Something more comprehensive has to phpaen. Change needs to phpaen. Sanity needs to be restored to education. Mainly, no matter what the LAW states, if it isn't really possible to accomplish, teachers, administrators, school districts, etc. will all find a way to make it appear so on paper. It's a matter of survival. If they didn't do that, there would be total chaos. But there is still a level of chaos. Look at all the lawsuits against schools all because education has lost its sanity. I could tell you stories .

    March 26, 2012 at 12:15 am |

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