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June 4th, 2009
03:01 PM ET

Muslim-Americans react to President Obama's speech in Egypt

It was a busy day in the CNN Newsroom as we replayed President Obama's Cairo speech in the 11a ET hour. We asked for your reaction, and a lot of you sent comments to the blog page - thanks for your contributions. Here's a clip from the program, as Muslim Americans talk about the key moments of President Obama's speech.

soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Maged Afifi

    Here are my comments on the US president's speech:

    1. The speech could be easily compared to that of Napoleon prior to the french compaign in july 1978!

    2. Why is the speech directed to the muslem world not the arab world.

    3. Why does the Democratic president approve of non democratic governments especially in Egypt.

    4. What is a partnership between America & Egypt? is it similar to that between a fox and a hen?

    5. The speech was given in the same time where troubles in Pakistan and Gaza where on TV screens (which did not broadcast the speech).

    6. The immediate result of the speech is the point gained by every listner:
    -Moslem girls: are free to wear their stupid uniform.
    -Activists: are invited to create new projects financed by US government.
    -Dictators: are happy as US government is not going to change them.
    -Egyptian government: will resume its plans (especially the big one) as long as democracy is not an issue.
    -Israilis & Palestanians: are both victims!

    June 4, 2009 at 3:22 pm |
  2. William Sheffield

    After John McCain's fiasco with Sarah Palin I reluctuantly voted for O'Bamma. Given just the post-election issues that have arisen since O'Bamma took office, I now literally "shudder" to think that John McCain, as great a guy as he is, could be leading our country. If Senator McCain was president now he would be so far in over his head he wouldn't have a clue what to do.

    I am so proud of President O'Bamma. He makes me, once again, proud to be an American. He is simply awesome!!

    William Sheffield

    June 4, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
  3. Diana W

    President Obama did a terrific job! I watched fox and all they talked about was how he "downed" America.. President Obama acknowledged what is already printed in our books and library and talked about on our radio's and tv's. My hope is the Rep party will stop trying to destroy America and become part of the solution

    June 4, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  4. Diana W

    Its obvious that President Obama has many "deamons" to battle, both in muslim countries and here in the U.S. Shame on the so called and self titled Christian party for bring nothing but hate and destruction to the table..

    June 4, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  5. pg

    let us first begin that we were never at war with Islam, they have been at war with us. What this President and future Presidents need to do is force the hand of the muslim public and make them talk publicly of the stupidness created by radicals in their society, untill this is done there is no way in hell will Americans or any other nationality ever trust the muslim society.
    History has shown that Muslims have never been able to keep their words on anything and have always turned their back on peoiple. they will kill their own people,drink, do drugs and even sell alcohol which against the teachings of Allah.
    90% of Liquor store owners in America are muslim owned, Hello, its against the religion to even sell less consume alcohol,but its ok to take the money from the American public only to send it overseas to be used against us.
    As an American i can tell u, that washington politicians will never get it.
    To be friends with the muslim public is to have them publicly dcry their own peoples stanze in the world, they need a bit of Revolution internally for us to recognize them as a peaceful group , till then politicians can keep digging graves of americans all over the world.
    You need someone on board who knows how muslims operate, in private they will talk but in public they only support their own, that mold needs to be broken, Today.

    June 4, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  6. pg

    I used the liquor store as a barometer, stating when making money
    selling liquour, drugs or anything against what the Islam teachings are , are Ok.
    The book comes to play when a muslim is wronged.
    Otherwise a majority dont even practice Islam only when it suits them or when they have been wronged by public.
    Its all a sham!!
    The govt needs to wake up, if the muslim countries have a problem, as them one simple question, why did their people leave their lands to seek a better living here in America?
    The second question to be asked is to the muslims living here and making money in America, if this is the place where you make money and your kids are enjoying a great education plus a free society isnt your right now,that some are citizens to defend the American way, if not why r you still here?

    June 4, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  7. Susan Howard

    So no one told VP Cheney that there's a new administration..Well thank GOD that Pres. Bush knows it and thats what Cheney needs to do go some where and be quiet.Him and his daughter Liz How and why is she getting so much play lately.Go some where and shut up.

    June 4, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  8. Sean

    Hey Shalfia,
    What do you know a bout the Palestinians? What do you know about Palestine and Gaza? Diffenetly nothing. When some one comes to you and kick you out of your own house what do you do? Whwn some steels your land, what do you do?
    People came from different places a round the world to claim that Palestine is their land. It was no Israel nor Jaws in the holyland, just pure Palestinians who had there land for thousands of years. So now who is the lair? If you are smart enough you give the right answer.

    June 4, 2009 at 8:07 pm |
  9. malika shirk

    My father is a Muslim and he is the most gentle person i know. Growing up he was christian and studies both religions. I just want or people culture to not be looked down apon. Some of use are really good people that love America. So i think he did an excellent job. We need to be untied and we should not hate all people because of but the extremist do. They are human whether you like it or not. I'm 16 and sick of hate between cultures of all people.

    June 4, 2009 at 8:10 pm |
  10. Mazen Jabakhanji

    The American people cannot say that President Obama isnt doing a good job so far. As for the his newly begun journey for bonding the American people with the Arab world, I believe he is working in all of his power to accomplish this goal. We have to credit him on actually realizing that most of the world's violent problems are originated from the tension release in the Middle East. The majority of violence, terrorism and hatred in this world is based on a collage of combined major events in the Middle East within the past decades. The roots of our problem has finally been discovered by a President of a powerful nation and this President is actually doing something about it. Now we cannot blame the Arab world for not immediately reacting positively, because of decades of now called "natural hatred". As a Lebanese-American I am standing neutral in this situation because in the end there is always two stories in a conflict. But what we need to do is stop pointing fingers and have concrete results soon. Humanity is based upon a snowball effect. Once a peaceful and friendly mentality is planted in the root of the new generation ahead , it shall roll on and on and on.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:55 pm |
  11. patrick evans

    On 9/11/2001 the United States of America was brutally attacked by Islamic, Fundemental Terrorists! Most of them were from the country of Saudi Arabia! And to see president Barrack Obama kissing the hand of the king of Saudi Arabia yesterday, made me sick to my stomach!!! And to see him apologize to the rest of the muslim world today was no better!Every single person who died on 9/11 had nothing to do with the bad lives that may have been suffered by muslims in the past! And they had no reason to DIE FOR NOTHING!
    Don't you remember? I will never forget!!! As far as I'm concerned we should have nuked Saudi Arabia immediatly!!! What's wrong with you people? Talk about leading lambs to the slaughter!!! The only thing worse was that Bush was in bed with the Saudis too!!!

    June 5, 2009 at 1:54 am |
  12. michael armstrong sr.

    wouldnt it be great to achieve mideast peace wouldnt it be even greater to reach world peace .but for one man to achieve this task brings up the prophecies of the bible for the one who brings false witness .

    June 5, 2009 at 9:37 am |
  13. RJ

    While Obama challenges Irans leader about the horrors of the Jewish holocaust, will he teach the world of the 20 or so million that died in the hands of Pol Pot, or the some 50 million or so Russians murdered by Stalin, or the untold millions of Chinese that have been murdered by the Communist regime! Arent these peole just as important as the Jews? When compared to other horrors that have happened the Jewish plight doesnt seem like it should be drawing that kind of attention!

    June 5, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  14. e.stroud

    1st he did not say anything to degrade our country or miltary. when the u.s. was attacked on 9/11 that truly was and is a sad day in our history.
    but our retailetation and angier was taken out on the wrong country. binladen has been operating out of afganistan, we should have attacked there.then there would not have been such out rage over the things that took place. former president bush lied. i noticed there was no such out cry or rage when two americans terrorized our country in oklahoma. remember (Mc nicholas and Mc vay). you did not see whites looking sapiciouis at each other. and please do not its not the same thing. terror is terror no matter who comments it. stop judging people because of their religion. oh and the way i am a christian.

    June 5, 2009 at 9:16 pm |
  15. Clarence and Hilda Graham

    In reference to President Obama speech in Egypt, this mirrors a piece Hilda wrote in 2000. We thiink the president will be interested in. Hilda from England I form USA serving in the airforcxe , we were b married that same year on October 17th, We have so many memories of WW2
    This is how we came ti be in Engkand on D Day 65 years ago

    Is there a cure

    There are many diseases that no doctor can cure, such as bigotry, vanity, jealousy, envy, spite, hatred and many more. Why do we cause so much hurt, how can we justify our actions? Think what causes us to strike out at others, is it because of skin color, language barriers, what country we are from, our religion and many other things? Why can`t we try to understand others opinions, their culture and their beliefs? If it is different than ours do we have the right to tell them they are wrong and that only our opinions count. Shouldn`t we accept their views and try to be tolerant and understand?
    If we did this and I mean all people wouldn`t this be a much better world? Why can`t we travel anywhere in the world without passports, visas, etc. and not be afraid of adverse reactions from others who live a different lifestyle than we? Can`t we greet each other in friendship, welcoming all to a free world. Stop the greed in governments for we are all human beings, so lets act human to all our fellow men and women. To practice love not hate,but have respect and understanding for all. This could be the ultimate cure but to make it possible it has to begin with each one of us and most of all it has to come from our hearts.

    Written by Hilda 11-30-2000


    June 6, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  16. Barry

    I must say, this speech was hard to stomach. So much pandering, so many historical inaccuracies, so many half-truths, distortions and outright lies. One could write a book on the flaws of this shameful excuse for a speech, but for now I'm analyzing the most glaring inaccuracies in the first ten minutes.

    Obama say`s ~ "I am honored to be in the timeless city of Cairo"

    I say ~ Cairo is not a timeless city. Jerusalem has been a permanent settlement for an estimated 5,000 years. Rome was founded about 2,800 years ago. These are timeless cities. Cairo is barely 1,000 years old. The ancient capital of Egypt moved dozens of times, to sites ranging up and down the Nile River valley; none of them were Cairo. Then Alexandria, founded by Alexander the Great, served as Egypt's Capital for nearly 1,000 years (332BC-641AD), until the Arab Islamic conquest in 641AD. At that point the Arab military commander founded a garrison-city called Fustat to administrate the newly conquered territory. It wasn't until 969AD that Cairo was founded nearby, and not until 1169AD that it became Egypt's permanent capital.

    Obama say`s ~ "The relationship between Islam and the West includes centuries of coexistence and cooperation, but also conflict and religious wars."

    I say ~ The conflict and religious wars you speak of started shortly after Mohammed's death in 632 AD. Muslim armies invaded and overran about half of the existing Christian world in the space of one century. The Islamic caliphate steamrolled over the Middle Eastern and North African domains of the Byzantine Empire, and an Islamic army crossed into Spain in the year 711AD, invading European territory unprovoked nearly 300 years before the First Crusade, and about 800 years before the beginning of the European colonial period. But of course the aggression was not only directed at the West and Christians. Islamic armies also conquered the ancient empire of Persia and by the dawn of the 8th century had carved out a foothold into the Indian subcontinent, slaughtering Zoroastrians, Buddhists and Hindus along the way.

    Obama say`s ~ "More recently, tension has been fed by colonialism that denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims, and a Cold War in which Muslim-majority countries were too often treated as proxies without regard to their own aspirations."

    I say ~ What about the rights denied to infidels in Muslim-dominated lands for the past 1,400 years? What about their aspirations? The Christians and Jews in the Mediterranean world were relatively lucky. The Koran granted them "protected" status as Dhimmis. This was protection in the mafia sense, except the terms were much harsher. As people of the book, they were allowed to live as long as they paid exorbitant taxes, submitted to constant public humiliation, forfeited their legal rights and did not build any new Churches or Synagogues, or even repair existing structures. The non-monotheist civilizations to the East had it much worse. Mercy was the exception; the rule was slaughter and the abject destruction of their holy places.
    And why do you only mention European colonialism? Why not Islamic colonialism which started earlier and lasted longer? Let's take the example of the country from which you chose to address the Muslim world. Egypt was held by European colonial empires for a total of 43 years: Napolean's army briefly held the territory from 1798-1801, and the United Kingdom ruled from 1882-1922. Now let's look about 200 miles across the Mediterranean, to a Christian country called Greece. Greece was occupied by the Islamic Ottoman Empire from the mid-1400's through the year 1821: about 400 years, or about ten times longer than Egypt was occupied by the West. And Greece was just one province of the European portion of the Ottoman Empire, which occupied the entirety of the Balkan Peninsula and beyond. They ruled over the largely Christian inhabitants of this area for centuries, periodically pushing into central Europe as far as Vienna, and threatening to extinguish Christian civilization in Europe completely. And yet today, we don't see Greeks or Slavs flying planes into buildings in Istanbul, or blowing up buses in Cairo.

    Obama say`s ~ "Our second President, John Adams, wrote, "The United States has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Muslims."

    I say ~ Fair enough, but unfortunately for us this feeling wasn't mutual. John Adams accompanied Thomas Jefferson to England in 1786 to speak to the ambassador of the Islamic state of Tripoli in London. These two revered founders of our nation were in Europe to ascertain why Islamic pirates were attacking American merchant ships in the Atlantic and Mediterranean and enslaving their crews for no apparent reason. They reported the Tripolitan ambassador's reasoning to the Continental Congress:

    " ... that it was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman (Muslim) who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise. "

    June 6, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
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