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June 4th, 2009
06:55 AM ET

Pres. Obama's Speech in Egypt

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Filed under: Heidi Collins
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  1. M Ariely

    Only ME people can solve the problems-Obama NO
    The ME many conflicts,the Islamists doctrine,denying people's rights-are not West,Israel responsibility
    ME leaders use West&Israel to divert people from their problems to imaginary enemies
    No parties in ME offer changes to the issues
    ME conflicts:Kurds,Shia-Suna,Iran-Arabs,ME christian exodus,Islamists against all,Afghanistan,in Pakistan,Pakistan-India,Lebanon internal divition, Darfur, Somalia
    Those conflicts are longer with score of casualties higher compared to Arab Israel conflict

    June 4, 2009 at 7:31 am |
  2. Mohamad

    Well the last say will be for the Zionist Lobby that controls the government. Just like you said Obama is just trying to win the hearts and the mind but unfortunately Muslims are not stupid they know the game well and the GAME is over and the American ERA as well. Young people in Muslim World know that the U.S. is behind their problems. Who support governments that jail and deny the people their basic rights? U.S. does. Look at the Egyptian last election people were being killed just trying to vote and what the U.S. did nothing and look at the Palestinian election under European monitors still was not accepted because it will be a government that will not sell itself to the world and the Abbas gave away everything to Israel and still no peace. Also, who made the problem for the Palestinians if God gives land away and Obama said that the Bible says we all are children of God then why God is doing this to these people? Then he is not a god so it Bin Laden’s because he is not a Muslim. America is an economic power and its weak economy makes Obama say speeches like this because in 2020 and 2050 we will major changes. Muslims had enough because the U.S. supports all these government and Obama is just trying to save America. And its just words and Obama is brilliant. intelligent, wonderful and powerful on that but he has a vision but the truth it is not a one man gov. He can not compare the Blacks issue in the U.S. to the Palestinian one because Blacks were brought as slaves from Africa but Palestinian were kicked out of their homes.

    June 4, 2009 at 9:03 am |
  3. phill

    GREAT SPEECH! Should have been given 25 years ago. We have to let other people know they are important, our arrogance as prevented us from doing that in the past.

    June 4, 2009 at 9:11 am |
  4. Mohamad

    Regarding women. Islam value women look at the prophet his wife was a businesswomen and owned it and owned. Look at the governments that the U.S. supports those are the ones who deny rights and the west does not know much about Islam. In the media are so hard to make Islam look bad and horrible instead of trying to build an understanding and peace between nations. The media is a powerful tool but I am not sure why is it so biased. Look at Afghanistan women still dress the same because is it religion or it is culture? Only people can fix things not governments because they make it worse.

    June 4, 2009 at 9:11 am |
  5. Bert Gregory

    It was a wonderful speech with a perfect tone. It is as the President said a
    "New Beginning". God Bless all the people in the world!
    What a great Leader we have for a President.

    June 4, 2009 at 9:11 am |
  6. Wendy

    It starts with the younger generation, ignorance should not be tolerated when teaching them. I think that President Obama's speech was respectful of race, religion, culture, freedom of speech, and the right to live in peace. I think that Carol Costello question about people in the audience shouting out" I love you" to Mr. Obama, whether it would have a negative message with people back home was ignorant, and unecessary.

    June 4, 2009 at 9:12 am |
  7. Elaine Stone

    I welcomed President Obama’s speech.

    The one thing I have always been upset about in the United States is our denial of the contributions of other countries, other races, other religions other cultures. I reject the notion of the superiority of the Anglo-Saxon and the fact that they and they alone deserve the riches that this nation and the world have to offer.

    This morning, as I looked at the people sitting at the table of discussion about the President's speech, it was clear to me that we have a long way to go in race, religion, and cultural relations.

    There were people missing from that discussion.

    I was moved by the President talking about human rights and women's rights all over the world and the freedom to choose their own path. The key word choice.

    I was struck by his mentioning of the kind of blatant disrespect for women and how women are portrayed; and I gleaned something else; which was how females are exploited and treated everywhere.

    If you assume that this nation's people do not rape and torture and deny women, and instead choose to focus on the Islamic world, then you show me that you are in denial and laying blame in only one area of the world; and again you want to try to portray Americans as superior.

    There are over 900 hate groups in the United States and we/you refuse to talk about it; that tells me you think Americans are superior to other countries.

    There are women who are held in sexual slavery here in the United States and we/you refuse to acknowledge it.

    I don't think Americans get it. We constantly point fingers; but we have just as many problems here as in other parts of the world. We are not superior and certainly not blameless in the problems we have caused other nations and our own people.

    Many individuals, groups and institutions must reach out to people/groups from other cultures and races and religions, to try to understand the differences and the commonality and the contributions made by all.

    We as Americans must acknowledge the contributions made to the world by all nations, all races, all religions, and all cultures if we are to move forward in mutual respect, in peace, and in prosperity.

    This is my hope; and when I look at another discussion panel about the President's speech, I hope I will see many faces of people from different races, countries, cultures, backgrounds, and I want to see a Muslim woman in full Muslim attire where you only see her eyes.

    While I know that there are Muslim women who wear what most women wear here in the United States; when I see that other Muslim woman sitting at your discussion table, that tells me there is a move toward understanding and true change. I said a move toward.

    I see true change coming from the world’s youth.

    If you reject what I say because you think I am a foreigner and a Muslim, you are wrong ... I am an American and a Christian.

    June 4, 2009 at 9:13 am |
  8. Thomas

    I would like to know just how much it cost us this time for BO to play GOD with the Muslims

    June 4, 2009 at 9:14 am |
  9. George Dehne

    President Obama was preaching to the choir in Egypt. My wife and I were in Egypt just two weeks ago. Whenever we said to anyone that we were from the United States, they would smile and say 'Obama." This must have happened to us 50 times in a week.

    June 4, 2009 at 9:14 am |
  10. Tim

    It's about time we had a statesman instead of a politician for President. I think a lot of good can come from this.

    June 4, 2009 at 9:14 am |
  11. Albert

    I live in Northern California. When I told friends I would set my alarm clock to 3:00 AM to catch this speech they thought I was crazy.

    However, I am so glad I had a chance to watch our President deliver this great outreaching speech in Cairo. I think he is the right person at the right time, and the potential benefits from this effort are endless for the United States.

    America will remember this speech for years to come as a turning point in our relationship with Islam. It reminds me of the great speech President Reagan made at the Berlin Wall.

    June 4, 2009 at 9:15 am |
  12. Sharon

    History repeats itself unfortunately. President Obama and the western world at large is once again selling out the Jews without as much as a whimper from anyone. We are signing Israels death warrant just so we can continue to get money and oil from the muslims. May God have mercy on our souls.

    June 4, 2009 at 9:16 am |
  13. Maurice Williams

    I think President Obama's speech was great, it showed we might have many races and religion but we all share common wants. needs and history. And somehow we need to change the law so Obama can stay in office forever!

    June 4, 2009 at 9:16 am |
  14. Dispassionate1

    Today's speech in Cairo has convinced me of one thing. Barak Obama is uniquely skilled to bring about a time of peace that no other personality could possibly achieve. He has the mind to see past the small distractions and focus on the final destination. And he has the words to reach the hearts of people to bring them together. This is a crucial time when a collaborative global effort is what is needed to solve our current problems.

    June 4, 2009 at 9:16 am |
  15. Carol

    Great speech! I was particularly impressed with his comments regarding women, education and equality. His comments on religion
    and the "Golden Rule" were also exceptional!

    June 4, 2009 at 9:17 am |
  16. Jamail

    President Obama is reaching out equally to both sides this is what the world needs ,if we are going to have a world for all our children to live in in peace.
    The best legacy we can leave to our children in a world that is becoming smaller and smaller is a world where differences are respected and they can live in peace.
    Of course it is going to be up to the leaders in these Muslim countries to reach out to one another and solve their problems and not POTUS.
    President Obama is representing the United States with the dignity we have come to expect, but even with the expectation, we sit in awe of our great president.

    June 4, 2009 at 9:17 am |
  17. lily

    President Obama's message in Egypt was really great.He not only pointed out the rights of women but in all of humanity.It was a message that bring people together towards achieving common goal rather than division.

    June 4, 2009 at 9:19 am |
  18. Rick Fernandez

    Let's not loose sight of the main objective of the Presidents Speech. It is all about amending our relationship with the Muslim World. This is not an attempt to repair the Muslim religion.

    June 4, 2009 at 9:19 am |
  19. James P.

    As grandparents of three children it is scary to watch all the hate and mistrust of so many in the Middle East. Too many seem ready to die for a causes/issues difficult to understand. Any right thinking person will wish our President well in this speech. This cause goes beyond political views. The fate of the world could be at stake. We want our children to live in a safer world than it seems today. We didn't vote for Mr. Obama but we pray he will be successful in the middle east,, for all our sakes.

    June 4, 2009 at 9:21 am |
  20. Mary Dawn Pyle

    President Obama's speech brings tears of joy and relief. Finally, a president who understands and respects religious and cultural differences and the important role they play in global relations. We will be safer because of his leadership!

    June 4, 2009 at 9:21 am |
  21. the new frontier

    Overall nice speech. As far as trust, just look at our history, last time we fought simultaneous wars – we didn't subjigate or colonize afterwards, and now Germ and Japan are great allies. Hamas and Hezbolla are weakening the possibility of a Palestinian State. Let's not paint with a broad brush, it is NOT the Palestinian people but the fringe element. Lastly, we havre to stop Israel from being the "bully" With our $1 Bil a year in military aid annually alone, Israel under their "right to defend" wages disproportionate responses – bombing hospitals, using illegal white phosphorous weapons etc. Time for some santions against Israel until they bwecome part of the solution and not the problem

    June 4, 2009 at 9:21 am |
  22. Ahmad Marouf

    I think President Obama today did a perfect job with his speech to the Muslim World .
    This is what we needed as Arabs and Muslims.
    We are all against Al Qaueda and their terror in the world but we should also admit that Israel should stop fighting against Arabs in General,and they should support the two states solution,so that we live next to each other in peace.
    My respect to Obama!

    June 4, 2009 at 9:23 am |
  23. Loo

    Brilliant speech. Based on universal truths and common sense without a hint of patronizing tone. Addressing life changing issues with surprisingly simple language that firmly invites everyone to be onside. Most people everywhere already are.
    I wish the president as much success where it really counts, behind closed doors with those whom, legally and morally... or not, have found themselves representing everyone else.

    June 4, 2009 at 9:23 am |
  24. waqar

    breeze of fresh air that is what presidet obama is.his cairo speech is just another positive step towards world peace.economic coalation with saudis and muslims in general is vital for american economy more than ever.

    June 4, 2009 at 9:24 am |
  25. Nada M.

    As an American teenager whose parents are Egyptians, I am so grateful for this speech, which I think the Muslim world needed to hear, as well as Americans. Being caught in between both cultures I really want to see Obama act on this speech, and to see America and the Arab World grow closer, and not get stuck up on their differences. I hope that leaders in the Middle East, be they Arab or Israeli, take the words of Obama to heart and use them to fix up the current state of affairs.

    June 4, 2009 at 9:25 am |
  26. Frank Jimenez

    I am very impressed with Elaine Stone's comments, but I would like to see a Joe Sixpack on your panel, do not misunderstand me, I enjoy most of the panels I listen to on your shows, but the opinions of a minimum wage worker may shed light were none has been heard.
    Not "Joe The Plumber "

    Frank Jimenez
    Palatka Fl.

    June 4, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  27. Brace McGillivary

    What a coward! I HAD high hopes for this president, but I am very unsupportive of him on this issue. He should be supporting Israel and not supporting the Muslim's regarding the issue of settlements and the entire Israeli-Palestinian issue. Where is his suppot for Israel? He is nothing but an ass kissing, coward who is well on his way to showing the entire world that he has no backbone to stand up against anyone or anything, except our allies.

    Israel has always been our ally and friend, now Obama has proven that he is not a friend, or wants to be a friend of Israel. He is just as determined to get rid of Israel as the most extreme Muslims. CONGRATULATIONS Mr. President, you have just bowed down to the Muslims in front of the entire world, what are goiing to do now? Continue to show how much you hate Israel and love the Palestinians, who hate our guts. Where are your stipulations for them. All you have to say are things against Israel, what about the Muslinms in this issue. What are they hearing from you? Just more of the anti-Israeli message they have been giving for centuries. Nothing like giving your enemy everything and showing how much of a coward you really are. Maybe you enjoy oil prices being high; you just encouraged all the Muslim nations to continue to hate us and pressure us into doing what they want us to do, while growing increasingly wealthy off of us. Not what a president who has a BACKBONE should do. Grow a pair and stand up for what the American people want. Last time I looked, I THOUGHT you were American and not Muslim. Am I wrong?

    June 4, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  28. Ahmad Marouf

    You gave lessons today to GeorgeW Bush about the American values,Honesty,and Peace.
    Keep going like that Mr.President and keep being fair and you'll see the whole Muslim World fighting next to you in Afghanistan and Pakistan against what's called Al Qaeeda & Taliban.
    Good luck Obama !

    June 4, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  29. Wasim J.

    As one of the 6 million proud American Muslims President Obama referred to in his speech, I must say what he did in one hour...Mr. Bush could never have done in 8 years of PR and public diplomacy in the Muslim Middle East. Why? Because Mr. Obama didn't talk down condesendingly to the Islamic world and made a genuine effort to repair relations from the OUTSET in his inauguration speech to be respectful of Islam.

    For Muslims, when he recognizes the invaluable contributions that Islam has made to Western civilization, such as in science, math, medicine, astronomy...he is in effect tapping the great pride of the Muslim world and challenging them to find that greatness once again. But this time, America will be a partner not just a self-interested superpower dictating its terms esp. regarding peace with Israel to us.

    June 4, 2009 at 9:33 am |
  30. ronald greg reeves

    president obama is doing something the bush administration didnt want to do. he is reaching out to the middle east with hope.americans have been given a black eye in the middle east for years because of bad policy in washington. opening up real oppertunities for the islamic world and giving hope to the palistians that we support a state for them as we did for isreal might get respect back to the united states.president obama is reaching out to the people of the middle east not closing doors on them. i'm tired of watching the american flag beening burned. at this time in history obama is what america needs.

    June 4, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  31. Roger Ritthaler

    Did I hear Obama saying that "violence" didn't accomplish anything? Does that mean that he agrees with Ron Paul (and probably others) saying (earlier) that slavery in the U.S. could have been abolished without the so-called Civil War?

    Could the U.S. have been established without the Revolutionary War? (Ron Paul didn't say that.) Hmmmmm!

    June 4, 2009 at 9:36 am |
  32. Susie

    You want a Negative comment? As a Jewish American, I'm Not happy with Obama's speech. The people of Israel have already pulled back from Gaza. They've been allies of the US, & his Muslim father left him a Muslim. Normally, not a big deal, but, he's irritating the Islamic radicals, the Jews, & some Americans. He wants to be friends with all the dictators. Next, I bet he'll kiss up to Iran, saying wipe Israel off the map, & Holocost never happened! He's trying, but you can't reason with the Jihad movement. I refuse to watch entire speech. I think you shoud ask the Jewish citizens for their thoughts, as even many bloggers hate Jews!

    June 4, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  33. living4thecity

    Pres. Obama is setting the stage to give peace a chance.
    The whole World will benefit. Pres. Obama has taken the first step by encouraging truthful and open dialogue.
    The World's people are weary, shattered, tattered and torn it is time to heal.

    June 4, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  34. Steve

    It was a brilliant speech based on mutual respect but very honest, evenhanded and truth. This will help and strengthen moderate Muslims all over the world, which will help us Americans in the end if he can follow the speech with some concrete actions.

    June 4, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  35. Emma

    GREAT SPEECH ~ how refreshing it is to have a president we can be proud of and to be able to listen to the content of a speech without cringing at the mispronunciations, arrogance and bizarre references to the WILD WEST!!

    June 4, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  36. Margaret Sears Lindley

    I've just read the transcript of Obama's speech. It is remarkable: skillful, insightful and balanced. He uses it as a teaching moment for audiences far beyond Cairo (mostly Westerners who do not know anything of Islam's contributions to art, science, or its traditions of religious tolerance), and to the audiences of the region, he signals sympathy born of familial ties to Islam, his experiences living in Indonesia, and his race's long journey and triumph over prejudice and racism in America.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  37. Judith Davis

    The President said that mindless violence is cowardly and that the Civil Rights Movement in America triumphed by using non-violent tactics. Much of the mindless violence, suicide bombimgs, explosions on buses, cafes, etc. that Obama refers to have been directed against Israelis. Thus, there is an implicit comparison of Israel with racist America. It is important to note that Israeli Arabs are equal citizens unde Israeli law with full voting and other rights. The comparison of Israeli Arab citizens to African Americans is false.
    There has not been a great exodus of Arab Israelis choosing to live Arab countries as they have no illusions that the civil rights they enjoy in Israel are superior to those they would receive in any Arab state.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  38. Irfan Lateef, NJ

    The articulation of American views towards Islam by President Obama and his unique heritage have done more to build the bridge with the muslim world than any other President in US history.

    And his speech has defined the problem in terms of how he would like to solve the problems of the world and bring peace in this world.

    Outstanding Job in Obama Style

    June 4, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  39. Scott

    I was impressed by the firm, yet optimistic, tone of the President's address today. I think the Cairo speech, in addition to his overall diplomatic approach with respect to the Muslim world, helps to quell the inferno that was constantly growing during the Bush years.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  40. Sabrina Porter

    Heidi, you are beautiful and do a great job everyday! I think that the President's speech was successful and very necessary. I believe the President's speech accomplished many things. However, the main thing was to show the Muslim world that we acknowledge and respect their religion. Just the fact that he went to "them", I think was key!!! This could be the begining of a beautiful thing!

    June 4, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  41. Brace McGillivary

    To all the people on this blog who are in favor of Obama's speech and all that, do you actually think the Muslim's feel the same way? That speech was just playing into the extremists' hands. They want us to believe the crap we are saying and just when we are feeling all flowy-groovy, giving peace a chance hippie nonsense, BAM we get hit with another terrorist attack because we let our guard down and accept everything as a-ok. But I am sure that most people who are praising the speech will be thinking, "but they would never do that again because they are such nice people now..." and maybe Israel will be next with a massive attack. How will all the peace loving folks explain that.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  42. Zack

    I think President Obama is doing a wonderful job!!! This is what the World needs. The Middle East cares and highly respects President Obama!!! The speech that he gave to the Muslim World was a critical part to reconstructing the relationship between the East and the West. I am also glad he addressed the fact that Israel needs to take a step back and make a two state solution with Palestine, because this is a HUGE issue in the Middle East. My final thought is its better to have the Muslim World on your side than against you and President Obama knows that.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  43. Eva Ballard

    I am a 76-year old female retiree living in Florida and, for the first time, I am extremely proud of a president in my lifetime. I set my alarm clock to hear his speech in Kairo. Obama is a statesman, a visionary for us and the world, and someone I always wished for. God bless him and his family.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  44. Julie Donnelly

    It was the most brilliant speech I have ever read on the topic. I wish I was up to watch it live. I am real interested to see how it resonates.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  45. mohammed

    As an average Muslim persona I believe this is the first time since 1948, US foreign policy is originated from Capitol Hill rather than Jerusalem This is a welcome sign.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  46. robyncaffrey keyser west virginia

    the speech was great ""

    showed what bush never made an etempt to do.
    showed violence never solved anything
    showed u.s values and honesty
    showed we all have the same humanity
    showed all races and religiouns , have the same historyshowed showed everybody ' achieving common goals
    showed all ( amending with everybodys relations with the muslim

    ( just showed all common sence.
    and all mutul respct

    there was tears shedd in my house , when mr president obama said : he will build schools ,build bridges , make new roads.

    he was just greattttttttttttttttttttttt

    yes we can '

    June 4, 2009 at 11:08 am |
  47. Ikram

    The biggest issue in muslim world's mind is the palestinian issue and how american foreign policy so far turned a blind eye to Israeli oppression, land grab and vetoed all UN resolution against Israel.
    So it was refreshing to hear President obama sayiing America will be even handed when dealing with the Palestinian issue.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  48. Theodore Slabey

    Will CNN be playing President Obama's speech in its entirety?

    June 4, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  49. Rich

    As a retired US Navy TopGun, I am once again becoming PROUD to be an American, NOT because our country is greater than any other, but because we have now once again found a leader who represents MY views!! Our attitudes towards others is what forms their opinions about us!! President Obama is and will be the key to our changing world!

    June 4, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  50. Gary Sella

    God bless President Obama! You may my heart burst with pride as an American!

    June 4, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  51. Tomasz

    Greetings:

    "America is not now and never will be at war with Islam"

    That is true. The 'Islam' America defines as Islam.

    America will seek to confine Islam to the Mosque. Islam is not to be confined to the Mosque.
    Islam is a form of Government. Islam is a Political Ideology. Islam is a business Ideology.

    The fact is that "You can be muslim, pray 5 times a day etc... but you better not make any resistence to working selling pork and alcohol. That is Modernity and progress. When weed is legalized, you better never make any disturbance to working growing it, selling it etc..."

    WE are seeing what the Mutual respect and dialogue achieves. In the Muslim nations women walk without Hijab and America proclaims it to be Modernity and progress.

    With regard to "Equality" between the genders. That ideology is one where women say "I can drink like man, I can cuss like a man. I can do whatever a man is doing. Even if that means growing male genetalia" Women are women and are not men. But you see constantly that they try, according to this 'equality' doctrine, to be males.

    You need only look to CNN correspondents Octavia Nasr and Zain Vergee to see what 'progressivism' is. Wear as little as possible is the Ideology. If they were Muslims and America isn't trying to impose anything on the Muslims, then let Octavia Nasr and Zain Vergee wear Hijab.

    The President talks about the racism and antagonism against Israel and Jews. I would like to hear the President talk about how the Jews in Israel have a Messianic ideology where they seek to commit genocide in order to clear the land of non-jews. I would like the President to talk about the racism of the Jews against the Non-jews, how they view them as vile and filthy creatures that must be made extinct from the Holy Land.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  52. Rick Mordecon

    Tony, all I can say is Bi-racial, multi-faceted, religiously liberated,extremely intelligent, pragmatic American President goes to the heart of the Muslim world, and speaks truth to power. Priceless.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  53. jean beaudoin

    Obama has demonstrated an understanding of what defines the Muslim culture. He outlined cultural achievements and positive aspects of behaviors and visions of Islamic culture.

    Obama acknowledges the importancediversity of cultural identities in the world.

    As an atheist and strong beleiver that globalization does not mean homogenisation of human identities... I have great "faith" in the vision and action of your new president.

    Jean Beaudoin, Montreal.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  54. James Miller

    President Obama articulated the deeply-held feelings of many Americans; people who want to live normal lives, and are fair-minded enough to allow anyone else from anywhere the same privilege. We as a people have waited many years to have leadership that is so in tune with such a basic human and humane perspective. Thank you Mr. President.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  55. danish haider

    I am proud of Pres.Obama's Message to Muslims its was a great speech , Islam is a religion of peace not violence ,now i am waiting for the words to change in reality . for example stopping Israeli expansion of the settlements .

    June 4, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  56. Mildred Monette Henry

    It is awesome that President Obama is showing the world that America is not an Island. No man is an Island, and he is destroying the image abroad of "The Hated American". We must accentuate the positives to eliminate the negatives.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  57. Tomasz

    Greetings:

    I would like to know the exact definition of Moderate Muslim.

    The way America defines Moderate Muslim is a person who pray 5 times a day, but works selling pornography. He prays, goes to the Mosque fullfils all the rituals, but works selling pornography and sits among the bankers from Wallstreet drinking and smoking with them.

    "He's moderate in Islam. All things in Moderation."

    I bear witness that a person who lives like this must not expect God Almighty to accept the prayers and rituals they make.

    With regard to Israel and Palestine:

    There is always pressure put on the Arabs and Palestinians to accept and reckognize Israel as Jewish and that all the Arab blood that was shed, look at Nakba where Israel went and committed genocide, are all Kosher and good.

    There is no pressure put on Israel to accept and reckognize Palestine as Islamic and that it must be ruled under Islamic law, even if it means no economic benefit to Israel or America.

    Where is the pressure put on Israel and America to reckognize Palestine as Islamic and that it must be ruled under Islamic law?

    June 4, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  58. Don Miller

    How can Obama promise Billions for Muslim education? We don't
    have any money. We have to borrow money from China to support
    all the new changes under his administration. California is laying
    off teachers and shutting down schools and we are going to help
    the Middle East whom we also borrow money from? Are we totally
    stupid or what?

    June 4, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  59. Bob Stafford

    I for one, am proud that our President can say what, I believe, many Americans feel about Muslim – American relations. That is, "live and let live in peace. " Obama has the ability to say, in a few words, what many of us would like to say.

    Thank You President Obama!

    June 4, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  60. Harry B

    I am proud of our President for taking this bold step to begin the process of bringing
    Understanding between the muslim world and the west. I think that it is important that we all understand that
    Not all muslims are extremist and killers. In order for us to have peace and be able to to live together in this world we have to embrace other cultures and accept
    Their way of living. Everybody doesn't have to live the American way of life for us to get along with them

    June 4, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  61. Bill W.

    That an American president would publicly admit what the Arab world has known for years, that the US played a role (to say the least) in the deposing of the democratically elected leader of Iran, Mohammed Mosaddeq, is incredible. Although this will probably come as a surprise to many Americans, it will most certainly help his credibility with both Americans and the Muslim world.

    I really didn't think this admission would ever come in my lifetime. It's something that I feel needs to be talked about. Americans need to learn why some of the policies of its government have led to Muslim antipathy. The Bush regime would have had the American public believe that America is infallible, that Arab anger is an irrational hatred of our values. I'm glad we finally have a leader who isn't just a propaganda organ.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  62. Carl Meyer

    I thought is was a very good speach. It is a good start to better relations with the Muslim word.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  63. Jason Rozencweig

    We all know that every religion needs to get along and they all preach peace. The only concern I have is there are numerous Muslim countries in the world, numerous Christian countries, I can only think of Israel for the people of the Jewish faith. I understand the compromise needed for peace, but in giving land should the Israelis receive land elsewhere. This would be a sacrifice but if Muslims in the Middle East want peace in Israel give the Israelis some land with natural resources in return.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  64. Karen

    The clips I've heard were good but I'm not going to gush about this so-called perceived turning point to a more peaceful world when NK is lobbing ICBM over Japan, NK is just tested a nuclear bomb, Iran continues to threaten Israel, Osama Bin Liden is broadcasting threaten tape and there seems to be intelligence of a biological threat on the Mexican border! Now it's time to see what words do!

    June 4, 2009 at 11:48 am |
  65. E. Stewart

    What I hear Hussein Obama saying in his speach is selling the United States of America to the Arabs. He's done nothing but talk to the muslims since he's been in office. The USA has given away our money to these ungrateful countries, it's time we took care of our own and let these other countries fight and tear down their cities, I don't see any of these dark race countries trying to do anything for themselves, the countries have rich dictators and poor people, please don't let the USA come under a dictator which obama seems heading in that direction.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  66. Will

    Great speech. Next time I would like him to focus a little more on Israel's need to stop stonewalling peace, because continuing war feeds their warhawks and military complex.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  67. Nida Hamza

    Its the first time that I see a president who speaks like a true American who is not afraid to defend his country but at the same time, realizes that other nations in the world have a right to live in the same peace and harmony as America does. He speaks softly but carries a big stick and that is what the other administrations have been lacking. They have been carrying big sticks but forgot to speak softly.
    I am a muslim but I don't expect him to just speak good about the muslim world. It makes me very angry to see some muslims around the world who have kept such a rigid image of United States, thinking nothing good can come out of the US policies. What if the whole western world adapt the same attitude? What if they start thinking that the wrongdoings of few muslim extremist is what muslims are generally like? And they believe in this so adamantly and not willing to change this image of muslims. So in short, everyone is not the same and we need to be open-minded.
    Great Speech!!! Very Neutral. Thats what the world needs.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  68. Steven Gallegos

    The president's speach about peace is hollow as long as our troops are still there fighting and dying at the hands of Muslims.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  69. Maria Little

    Finally, the World has a leader who speaks the truth and articulates a vision for people of all faiths.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  70. Pranav Kothare, Indiana

    Pres. Obama spoke extremely well; his outreach will be a force in driving tensions down. I had lived in Dubai for 15 years of my life and now I live in Indiana. In Dubai, I had seen very little involvment of previous Amercian administrations' in the Islamic community, I think where previous administrations have failed, Obama will succeed. He has a strong will and a deep understanding of ethnic differences. If he keeps this up (and I hope he does), I'm quite sure he will be recognized as one of the greatest presidents in our history.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  71. Tom B.

    If President Obama intended to get my attention, he succeeded. Those complaining that he did not give any details in how to attain these goals should realize that this speech was intended to get the ball rolling. I didn't vote for him, but I couldn't agree more with his speech today. Fantastic performance!

    June 4, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  72. Larry Shepherd

    President Obama gave a speech that will be talked about for days to come. If his words are taken in the spirit it was delivered, it could start to repair the damage that has been done over the last 8 years .

    June 4, 2009 at 11:58 am |
  73. AMMAR

    GREAT SPEECH,

    AT LAST, JUSTICE AND FOR ALL.

    GIVE PEACE A CHANCE.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:58 am |
  74. Mr. Smith

    As a decorated U.S. veteran listening to President Obama speak to the global community & from what I've heard of it so far, he's doing a great job trying to repair the damage done over the past 8 years by the previous Bush Admin. Respect is the key, & you reap what you sow. Obama is attempting to plant a tree of life & knowledge, where Mr. Bush tried to poison the soil & in-salt the earth!

    June 4, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  75. Lou Anne Gigstad

    I think his speech has some good points, but I think everyone has to remember the Muslims took 3000 lives on 9-11. I don't think you can just let them off for this. They have to pay for their actions.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  76. Rashida

    I think President Obama gave a wonderful and cohesive speech in which he not only tried to appeal to the Muslims by quoting verses from the Quran and gain their attention, he was actually making a clear point; that by bringing the teachings of the Quran and the philosophy that America is based on, it would just make a lot of sense to ordinary people.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  77. Tamara

    Its amazing at how much he speaks of islam in such a positive light. He reads from the Quran while in Egypt. Everything out of Obama's mouth is about muslims and islam. He's drowning Americans down with islam. Why doesnt he speak as much on Christianity as he claims thats his own religion? I see where our Country is going.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  78. ZAFAR AHMED

    President Obama speech was very positive and I am proud to have a President Obama as my President. The speech was clear and loud to both Muslims and Jewish Stats. He was honest in his Speech. I am sure in his presidency we will see Israel and Palestine two peaceful countries
    NEW York

    June 4, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  79. delia balqis

    As a Muslim/Palestinian – American i was very proud and pleased by President Obama's speech. It was refreshing to hear an American leader focusing on the positive aspects of Islam and Muslims contributions through out history. All of humanity yearns for respect and understanding. I believe his speech was a huge step for a better world.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  80. Clara Bernal

    President Obama's speech was what I was expecting him to say. He is the first american President who has the courage to speak so openly.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  81. Moe

    one of the all time great speeches that i have ever heard.

    i am extremely proud of my president. may god bless america with presidents having his vision and charisma!

    June 4, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  82. Rashida

    I think President Obama gave a wonderful and cohesive speech in which he not only tried to appeal to the Muslims by quoting verses from the Quran and gain their attention, he was actually making a clear point; that by bringing the teachings of the Quran and the philosophy that America is based on, on a common ground, it would just make a lot of sense to Muslim people.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  83. sheila stern

    As an octogenarian who has been interested in politics since the 30"s, it is a great joy , for the first time in my life, to have a President who is not only intelligent ,but empathetic to all of the peoples of the world as well as protecting the interests of the American people .I am proud to have Barak Obama represent me to the world.
    Sheila Stern

    June 4, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  84. Tamara

    to my above post, I forgot to add... I dont see him as being fair with all religions. Muslim people are not bad, just like Jews and Christians are not bad. Im just tired of him drowning us all in Islam day in day out.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  85. Ann Meili

    It is sad when so many Americans are narrow-minded concerning Muslims. America should have stepped in and prevented all the destruction in Gaza. Giving the nations of the Middle East the same support as given to Israel may slow down the anger.

    President Obama is a breath of fress air for us, as an American I am proud to say I support his every move. As a former resident of Jordan, I say let us move forward and mend all the hurt and destruction caused.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  86. Erma Durkin

    I have never been so proud of a U.S. President. I am eighty years old, a Democrat, a Catholic Christian, and one who has been praying for a positive change in the human, religious, and political relations in our country. Now we have a President who is able to speak from the head, heart, and his experiences, not only to U..S citizens, but to peoples all over the world who long for peace. God bless him.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  87. Mary Jo Spence

    President Obama's speech (from what I heard on CNN) was a brilliant foreign policy outline. He confirmed the United States' objections and military options against terrorism while affirming positive dialogue with the international community. I appreciated his acknowledging religious faith of different communities, including Christian, Muslim (Sunni and Shia), and Jewish traditions. A reach across the global aisle and reaching for higher goals as planetary neighbors is long overdue.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  88. Karen

    I didn't vote for Bush but just like Obama his was my President so I'm not happy that Pres. Obama takes jabs about America's past leader in front of another country. Why does Obama continue to bash President Bush as if our problems started there. There were several violent radical extremist (terror) attacks on Americans prior to 9/11 including the '93 attack on the WTC. It was a good speech but that part upset me so I can't give it the "great" marks I see here.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  89. Robert McGurrin

    I believe our President is searching for justice and appealing to reason.Too often the darker side of human nature prevails.The fault exists in all parties.Extremists in each camp emerge as an environment is created in each of our societies that encourage the irrational among us to act out.Israel must be secure and Palestinians must have their statehood or there can never be peace.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  90. Christi Pemberton

    The speech is a strong change in tone that was needed. President Obama acknowledged that change can not happen by just one speech, but that he calls for a new beginning. This is what happened: Obama approached the Muslim World in this major speech with "respect". This was not a false sense of "feel good politics" but of genuine and informed respect. towards Muslims and the history.

    This informed respect was horribly missing in the last administration. His speech was him putting on his "diplomatic and professor's hat". His speech included lessons that all of us can learn from, and included lessons in U.S. and World History that some of us did not know, for instance the major contributions of Islam and Muslims on world innovation. I did not know that Morocco was first to recognize the U.S. in the late1700's.

    As a Christian, God speaks to us about standing up for Israel, but it also teaches against oppression. We are taught to help our neighbors, and be peacemakers...peacemakers will be called "sons of God". This speech calls for us to become more knowledgeable of world history, more open to keep learning about the people around us instead of being so ignorant and arrogant of those who are different. This is a calling for us to be respectful and educate ourselves.

    We can still protect Israel, but present respect and the desire to help Palestinians. Not everyone will love us, especially with us having a strong friendship towards Israel, but if we respect the lives of the Palestinians and help them to be treated equally, then we will get more respect back from moderates and not push so many of them to not trust us.

    Christi Pemberton
    Global Crest/Global Affairs News and Podcast
    http://www.globalcrestmusic.com/global-news

    June 4, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  91. Bahaa Elaidi

    Courageous and even handed. That is what the majority in the middle east and in Muslim world would like America to be, a fair judge, not biased toward supporting occupation and diminishing of Palestinian lands.

    Isreali settlements are on Palestinian land, they should stop, they should be removed. Leave Palestinians alone to build their future.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
  92. Kimie

    I think the president is doing an amazing job. He came into the White House with a heavy job ahead of him. He has shown such chutzpah, and leadership. He has gone full speed ahead with our financial crisis, and trying to solve it. He is working hard at mending our relationships with foreign countries, and bringing us together as a one world alliance. The Obama White House has done more in their 100+ days than our previous leader. President Obama started work the minute he knew he was elected. I am proud to say I voted for him, and so grateful that our country has elected the best candidate for the job simply because he was the most qualified person; not because of his gender, color, or religion. I am proud to call myself an American. Thank you all for everything you are doing. Keep up the good work. ::))

    June 4, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  93. richard

    be carefull mr oboma or you just might let your secret out of the bag early. i think it is becomming very clear what your ultimate goal is when you and the media keep refering to your speach to the muslim world .all i heard on all the news station was the muslim world .is your goal a muslim world .when did we get a muslim world?

    June 4, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  94. Monica Stahl

    Obama's speech was the best sermon I've heard i years.
    It was good for the world's soul.
    Hit it Reverend Obama!

    Monica Stahl
    Fair Haven, Vt

    June 4, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  95. Eugene H. Boortz

    I feel that President Obama's speech was a failure and degrading to me an .American and former military member. He showed weakness as a leader of our great country and basically threw the military and the intelligence community under the bus. No mention was made of the thousands of muslims who have freedom today because of our envolvement in ending terrible regimes. It's unfortunate that President Obama has no military experience to draw upon. I'm tired of President Obama apologizing where no apology is required.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  96. Marshall Hudson

    The President's speech was nothing short of "awesome", which was in sharp contrast to some of the comments: "He had no plan" or "... this is a President that talked softly and had no stick". For him to come with a preconceived plan or speak with a big stick would have been in direct opposite to his stated purpose for the trip.

    Kudos to our President, he made me proud.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  97. Zainab Qari

    Good shift from many years of tangible US support ($$ and equipment) of occupation of Palestinian lands and abuse of Palestinians in their home land. US does not build settlements on Canadian nor Mexican lands. The US law must ban US funds used to support Israeli settlement on occupied lands.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  98. Shalfia

    It's very diplomatic of you to have well-educated muslim woman commenting on your show. What about the ones that I meet in America and other countries that are still beaten, abused because of the right of their husbands to do so according to their laws. Did you watch ABC's Documentary "Honor Killings in America". Do you understand what muslim laws are?
    And why are we, as Americans, not hearing about our rich history here in America.... Known as a christian nation for 200 years until Pres Obama stated that we were not.... which simply is not true. Yes, America has been known as a land where there is religious freedom... because our founding fathers set it up this way.... and if you educate yourself on american history you will find that they did so for a reason, they were almost all very strong christians! People who believe in freedom! Why do you not have an unbiased panel with strong christians speaking out with what their thoughts are?
    Just because so many muslims have moved here in the last 10 or 20 years, and yes they have reilious freedom here, but it doesn't change the fact, or the truth that we have always been known as a chrisian nation. There's nothing wrong in that, just like there is nothing wrong with Hindus, Muslims and Buddists practicing their religious beliefs here....but why try to cover up the facts and our american history?
    Does our american dollar say "In God We Trust" or does it say "In Allah we trust"?
    I know that many would like to change this. Yes, there are what? 3% of americans claiming to be atheist? So, we change everythin in our America heritage, for instance what is found in her courts, on her monuments, in the history books and her monitary system because of that? Quite the opposite, perhaps because we were a christian nation, we had the freedom to practice whatever religion we chose! I go to nations where they tell you, "you say that Allah is God or we kill you!" Simple as that. Is this what we want for America?

    June 4, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  99. T.L.

    How can you be proud of him? If America is so diverse in religions then how come hes always talking about muslims and islam. Muslims are not the only Americans in this country. Islam is not the only religion over here either. Its like he breathes it in and out of his mouth and most of you applaud him.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  100. frank.jr

    What the president said today was on the money.To me at one point in his speech, his words was saying everyone need to hold up a mirror and take a look at themselves and see what part they play in the big picture in the non-peace in the region .His speech was balance to blanket over everyone and touch on many issues. Thats the way the first step in a process should go then from there you can start nailing down on different issues.So for those looking to complain his speech was one step forward now it's for all involve to take the next step,then a skip,then a jog,then a ect.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  101. Ronald N Barnes

    Bold and unprecedented. We in America has something very special here. A beautiful gut-warming speech. The ground work has been laid. It's up to the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian people to sit down and find common ground;it's everywhere.

    It's time for Hamas to continue to pursue their goals politically;It's time for Al-Queda to lay their arms down and seize the moment. There will always be differences but they do not have to be settled with horrific acts of violence.

    No one person or one nation is perfect. We,as individuals and nations, have faults; But with an orchestrated effort our faults can be bridged and co-existence can be achieved.

    We in America still have our problems to contend with. Things are getting better. Never in my lifetime would I have imagined an American President give a speech to a muslim audience in a muslim country and extend the greeting As-Salaam-Alaikum.

    So many slain leaders from around the world who had visions of peace would be proud of this historic day.

    Will the speech bear fruit? Only time will tell but please,to those in position to make it happen,it will not be easy but let's do it.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  102. Patrick Wyche

    PRESIDENT OBAMA IS THE GREATEST PRESIDENT THE UNITED STATES HAS SEEN ......PERIOD!

    WHAT A BEAUTIFUL AND MAGINIFICIENT SPEECH. THIS IS WHAT CHANGE IS ABOUT!.

    THOSE IDOTS – LIMBAUGH/GINDRICH ARE OLD PREJUDICE FOOLS THAT HAVE NO VOICE IN THE NEW WORLD AND IGNORANTLY REFUSE CHANGE.

    I AM PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN AND MORE SO AN AFRICAN AMERICAN....GOD BLESS THE SLAVES THAT DIED TO SEE THIS DAY.

    GOD BLESS REV DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING WHO SAW THIS VISION LONG BEFORE ALL OF US.

    FINALLY – GOD BLESS THE WORLD IN WHICH WE ALL MUST LIVE.

    Patrick Wyche

    June 4, 2009 at 12:42 pm |
  103. Arlene

    Boy, I sure wish he would have emphasized that peace isn't up to the U.S. and that the moderate muslims need to take charge or they will be overrun by Al-Queda.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:44 pm |
  104. Juan Felipe Herrera

    Word toward peace, international respect, world community - at a time of virulent extremism and violence - are positive Giant Step gestures in Obama's speech.

    ¡Felicidades Obama!

    June 4, 2009 at 12:46 pm |
  105. Terry Trent

    Message to the Muslim World

    More than almost any, the words of our Barack Hussein Obama are action, they are concrete, they are substance, they are proposal itself. It is once in a life time, if that, that we have one who has the ability to bridge the gaps our world presents to all of us. What we know of these times, of these individuals, is that we must all help. We must believe, we must have faith that we shall all find our way out of the darkness lead by the light provided by such individuals. We must lay down our arms simply because this is the knowledge that we know we must do. We must become in deed, the sisters and brothers that we know we are. I encourage you to not say "these are "just" words", because they are the words that will, with all our help, lead us, particularly us here in the United States, to the understandings and common ground that our world challenges require of us.
    TTrent

    June 4, 2009 at 12:46 pm |
  106. John From LA

    President Obama is making America more safe by wining over the hearts and minds of the Islamic world. This is the best weapon we can use to fight terrorism and extremists who try to brain wash weak minds in the middle east. Our fight is not with Islam. We should make peace with middle eastern countries so they can help us fight terrorist groups. Therefore, peace with Iran should be next on the agenda as long as they dont develop bombs and use nuclear power for peaceful purposes and dont support groups that kill innocent others.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:48 pm |
  107. Arlene

    It is amazing that Barack neglected to mention how Jews have been tossed out from their homes in ARab countries for centuries while being so sympathetic to the Palestinians. Why do the Arabs think that is ok?

    June 4, 2009 at 12:49 pm |
  108. Barbara

    President Obama displayed a brilliance today not often seen among our national leaders. He reached out in a way that embraced our American ideals more than any former leader. Rather than offering more of the blustering cowboy talk that dooms peace, he modeled peace. I am only sorry that some view him as naive and un-American, when, in fact, he is neither. I know newscasters like Tony Harris and Carol Costello attempt to offer the "other side," but, in this case, believe me, negativity comes off as small-minded and ethnocentric, which is not helpful in today's world. If he doesn't offer peace, what should he offer? His obvious command of the issues and cultures involved is refreshing to those of us who follow events. I hope everyone will take the opportunity to actually watch the entire speech rather than relying on sound bites and ignorant talk show hosts.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:50 pm |
  109. Kinney from Ontario, Canada

    Josh and Tony,

    I not sure why CNN is focusing on the settler reaction. Israeli reaction should be gauged in the mainstream. CNN is not asking Hezbollah to react and they shouldn't be. Settlers are largely extremist and do not represent Israeli sentiment. Part of the purpose in the President's speech was to isolate extremists and I know Israeli society embraces such a sentiment whether it occurs on the Jewish or Palestinian side.

    Obama should only be commended for his extraordinary and historic efforts. As a supporter of Israel, I believe that Obama's efforts will make large strides towards peace.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:50 pm |
  110. Sandra Rutkowski

    I am ashamed for the first time in my life to be under an American "president". He is trying to sway all Americans to be muslim and to make it a crime if you are Christian.
    If he loves the muslim religion so much, why does he not go to a muslim country and run for office.
    We want an American president, who wants what is good for America first, then help others.
    I was never taught in school that this is a islamic-Judeo-Christian country, but that this is a Judaeo-Christian country and it has done well for over 200 years. Because it is a Judeo-Christian country people of all religions are able to live here in freedom without their heads being cut off for not believing another way.
    Thank you,
    Sandra Rutkowski

    June 4, 2009 at 12:50 pm |
  111. Marie

    Great speech! Unfortunately, without justice there can be no peace.
    There can be no justice as long as Americans never see the truth of Israel or of Gaza. Only the most flattering news of Israel and NO news from the Palestinians territories. Never a photo of the 'settlers' doing their thing! Not flattering! Tsk Tsk.

    As long as Israel has control of 4/5 of the water supply in a desert land while the Palestinians (with a similar population) have 1/5 of the water – – you think that's justice? HUMMMMMM?

    How would you like it if I built on your property? Hummmm?
    As long as Americans 'believe' Israelis are saints and Palestinians are devils, there will be no peace no matter what 'treaties' are signed or agreed to by what VIPs for photo ops. Without Justice peace is just a word the Israelis spell "another PIECE of Palestinian land."

    P.S. I DO support Israel. But like a responsible parent it's my job to see that she grows up, becomes a responsible nation, self-sufficient and able to work and play well with others.
    That means no more allowance and an end to the Cranston Act.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:53 pm |
  112. patty banks

    GREAT SPEECH! I DONT BELIEVE ANY OTHER PRESIDENT IN HISTORY COULD GIVE SUCH A SPEECH, NOT HAVING A DIVERSE & RICH EXPERIENCE AS AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN, FROM SOUTH CHICAGO, FROM A SINGLE PARENT FAMILY , BEING RAISED BY HIS GRAND MOTHER, AND AN AFRICAN FATHER, WITH MUSLIM ROOTS

    June 4, 2009 at 12:54 pm |
  113. Shalfia

    When America gave money to the Palestians, it never got to the people of Palestine. It got into the hands of their government!
    A government that teaches them to hate Isreal.
    Isreal has given land to them, Lebanon, the Gaza Strip... for peace.... And what did they get in return?
    More bombings, more rockets and more hatred.
    So why are we riding Isreal's back to continue to give more land to their enemies who have stated to remove them off the map! Isreal gives land and they continue to get back more violence, hatred and lies given to their people?

    June 4, 2009 at 12:54 pm |
  114. Sayed Sultan

    Can you all learn to say "Moslem" and "Islam" and not "Mozlem" and "Izlam" ??

    June 4, 2009 at 12:55 pm |
  115. LOGAN LONG

    here is an idea for everyone to think about. why dont the president come home to the u.s. and worry about the things that really need to be worried about like border control not allowing people to come through them that want to harm the us. stop trying to fix things with people that hate us and worry about your own countries people. the threat is there and it was made very clear yesterday we have to do something or the war is going to be in are own back yards rather than on the news. the american people need to wake up cause rather they like it or not we voted a muslim to the highest power in the world the american president this was not very smart. the u.s. is not a muslim nation but the president seems to think we are rather than a christian nation but last time i checked we were one nation under god. you can like what i say and you can also not like what i say but you should really look into the future of are nation that is now a muslim nation according to the president. WHAT AN IDIOT I STILL CANT BELIEVE THAT HE HAD THE NERVE TO SAY THIS ABOUT THE U.S.A

    June 4, 2009 at 12:56 pm |
  116. Rickey Gooch

    President Obama is putting forth an effort to settle a conflict that has existed since the beginning of time. All the negative things that can be said today have been expressed in the past by those who want to destroy this process. Those politicians who stand against what the President is attempting to do for the good of America and the world are doing so for the sole purpose of politics.

    Either you are for peace and the peace process by helping the President and these countries move forward or you are against peace and the peace process and are working to destroy the creditability of the President and of America. When you are trying to help you give advice when you are trying to hurt you attack! What else needs to be said? If you can't support this process of achieving peace then what are you supporting?

    June 4, 2009 at 12:56 pm |
  117. T.L.

    In 2009, you just arent going to make peace with islamic extremist. America wake up! Its NOT going to happen. Wherever your enemy is at, you need to be on the other side. It looks like Obama is trying to bring America on a golden plate over to the enemies.

    June 4, 2009 at 1:04 pm |
  118. T.L.

    Especially as the days and times are getting worse and worse... we are not headed for times of True Peace. Do you all actually think the world is just going to stop all the hating and bombings around the world or even here? Obama is not going to make all the enemies of the worlds think that Americans are their friends. Its just not going to happen.

    June 4, 2009 at 1:13 pm |
  119. Najah

    I think president Obama gave an amazing speech today. It's about time a president has made an effort to open a dialogue with the Muslim world ( its not Moslem). People need to stop stereotyping the Muslims. I am a Muslim and a law abiding citizen of this great country. We have issues just like any other American e.g. economy, college education, jobs etc. People should keep their differences aside and work together to solve the issues that we face today.

    June 4, 2009 at 1:18 pm |
  120. robyncaffrey keyser west virginia

    this comment is for lou anne gigstad ,

    the muslims that helped take ( 3000 lives was under orders from
    " slime " bid lodin ,and the " suiside bombers "

    didnt you here the first partof obamam's speech ? he made it clear he was to bring ' peace ' and respect and honesty to the muslims world. lololo ( didnt u ever here the exprestion : something has to give ! ( please dont take me wrong ) cant u see" everybody wants to change. ya know " not to change the subject'
    but me and my husband lived here for over 10 years , as 3 of my boys married and left with the army, and most of the main streets by my house ,was just paved. the govenor of west virginia will be at potamic collage soon. im making a dvd, gonna send in the i report soon. a big change is here already .

    June 4, 2009 at 1:33 pm |
  121. Harv

    I hope the President's courage doesn't waiver under the never-ending barrage of pro-Israeli pressure from American Jewish and far right Christian groups. Why is it so difficult for any US news anchor to expose Israel's failure to perform under the Oslo accords by continuing the illegal settlements in the West Bank? Instead, the Palestinians are always portrayed as the "bad guys". As a non-Jewish American (representing 97%+ of the people in the US), I'm fed up with our elected officials and newspeople putting our US interests second to those of Israel.

    June 4, 2009 at 1:37 pm |
  122. Deb Brown

    You probably won't print this becauseyou are not fair and balanced ,and I am not having a slobbering love affair with the annointed one . I have been brought up to respect the office of the President,however when you have one in office that does not stand for American values and principles it is hard to have respect for him. He should have gone to an ISLAMIC country to run for dictatorship, where Dthey are welcomed! And by the way he cannot blame GEORGE W. BUSH for any of the mess he (Hussian Obama) has made since Jan. 20,2009. And today he put the icing on the cake with his pro Isamic speech.
    Disgusted true American born citizen

    June 4, 2009 at 1:39 pm |
  123. Najah

    As for women's rights, Islam gave rights to women 1400 years ago. Women were allowed to vote, inherit property, do business, even ask for divorce. The issue with womens rights in some muslim countries is cultural not religious. Even today in the 21st century, we talk about womens rights, here in the United States. So why is that the muslims are always targeted regarding womens rights. In Islam women have the right to choose! there is no compulsion in religion.

    As for the head scarf, the women is practising her right to choose. Why is the head scarf such a big issue, what about the Jewish skull caps, the Sikhs turbans, how come no one has a problem with that. Wearing a head scarf is the mulsim womens way of practising her religion and she should do so and be proud of it.

    June 4, 2009 at 2:00 pm |
  124. Sajjad - Vienna VA

    What is required is Compassion, Pluralism, and Empathy. And President Obama's speech to the Muslim world was a step towards that direction.

    Thank you President, and thank you America for electing him.

    June 4, 2009 at 2:08 pm |
  125. Brian

    The Presiden't fedoraed tourguide at Giza is Dr Zahi Hawass, President of the Egyptian Supreme Council on Antiquities, and well known to HIstory Channel fans.
    The speech was measured and statesmanlike; he wasn't there to toady to Islamists; did Mrs don a headscarf when she met King Abdullah in Riyadh?

    June 4, 2009 at 2:32 pm |
  126. Hoda Saleh

    being a non veiled moslem, working woman and an egyptian, I have had enough of people telling me that I should cover my hair, and wear this impractical outfit. I listened to Obama's speech, and found that he did express my feelings and hopes for our future. I was raised in catholic shools, my mother in a jewish school and never imagined, in this new world of ours, a return of the religion wars.
    have we all forgotten our past and as Obama had said : the tears and the blood shed.
    let us all work hard for a better future for us and for our kids. let the politicians, the terrorists and the war wagers listen to their loved ones and embrace peace.

    i have had enough of people

    June 4, 2009 at 3:04 pm |
  127. noreen salter

    Just a note to Brace Mcgillivary. Get yourself educated on the difference between nationalities and religions. Muslim is not a nationality . There are muslims in every nationality. Obviously you were not one that voted for President Obama. Give the man time. Your country is in this mess and the world for that mater ,cause too many ppl think like you.

    June 4, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  128. RW

    Why in political debates and/or negotiations does the rest of the world have to answer or negotiate with democratic (political) perspectives, while the many islamic nations, countries and people(s) around the world are allowed to answer and/or negotiate from their positions and wishes based on their religious laws and precepts? How has this become the acceptable norm in the political global arena today?

    There seems to be this unspoken recognition of an 'OEM type nation'. one that exists and is made up from people(s) from any
    nationality or country called, 'the nation of islam'.

    Why then arent we equally using terms like 'the nation of Buhda', 'the nation of Christianity', 'the nation of jewdism, etc.

    Example: When we politically negotiate with china, russia, korea, germany, france, the UK, the nordic nations, south american
    nations, etc, we are negotiating with their political views, not their religious laws/beliefs and precepts.

    How did the rest of the world come to just sit by and allow any one religion to become so formattable as to the point that we are forced to recognize, negotiate with their religious beliefs, and accept an exclusive thinking, lofty, self-righteous sub-grouped type, ambiguos nation that is not really a physical nation or country at all?

    June 4, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  129. David

    I am watching extended clips of the speech that you are now airing in the Newsroom. Very down to earth but reinforcing the abundance of good relations between the US and the Muslim world.
    I did not see the President's speech this morning, but what I saw on your coverage was mindblowing to say the least and I think its important to make that point. There is a sustained warmth here that is at once enlighted and illuminating and also down to earth and very solid.

    As I'm checking out some of the extended clips you let me know would be shown in the Newsroom, these are my comment thus far.

    One of your commentators noted that some thought the President's speech didn't get into too many specifics, that it touched on various issues but didn't get too deeply into policy. In my view, though, President Obama was not skirting the issues but diving into the heart of the matter. Relations with the Muslim world have relaxed recently, and noticeably when President Obama took office, but there has been worry and tension, so in seeking to make amends, to improve relations the President is getting all parties to ease up a bit.

    In noting for example that the country for Morrocco was the first country to recognize US independence, and acknowledging the tremendous contributions of Muslim culture to the world in the fields of mathematics and medicine, literature for example, I feel the President was opening the way for the fullness and warmth of relations between the US and the Muslim world to be released and start flowing again. This opens the way for dialogue that is needed to work out the many hard problems that we and the countries of the Middle East.

    There is so much more to it, the quoting from the Koran, showing an awareness of the cultures and traditions and diversity of Muslim countries but the President infused the overall diaglogue with new warmth, intelligence, and understanding.

    It was nice too to catch a glimpse of that beautiful area around the Sphinx and the Pyramids also in your coverage this morning.

    Some of my thoughts right now, sorry I didn't get them in sooner.

    June 4, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  130. Michael B. Schub

    We have still learned NOTHING about Islam: when a Muslim 'quotes the Qur'an' he does NOT say "The Holy Qur'an says..." which borders on blasphemy. He says, "Allah says..." since the words of the Qur'an are believed to be the ipsissima verba (the very selfsame words) of God Himself.
    Our diplomats will have to get their L. L. Bean sandals out of their mouths before they can expect to chitter-chatter with their Muslim counterparts.
    Respectfully,
    Michael B. Schub, Senior Lecturer in Arabic, Trinity College, Hartford

    June 4, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  131. Tarek

    as an american muslim who watched the speech, i think president obama did a really good job and got the right message out!!!

    June 4, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  132. kiki

    The most intelligent and reasonable people who watched this speech will no doubt give a full credit to our president Obama for trying to break a deal being an honnest broker. Of course the Republicans neo cons will never like it because it's coming from OBAMA not the Zomby of Ronald Reagan. It's not easy to break peace in the middle east because of the bitterness of both camps but if you set the right tone through understanding and respecting the legitimate concern of both sides without siding 90% of the Israelis and 20% of the palestinians I believe it's possible.
    The problem which no one seems to aknowledge is the Jews are the most powerfull people in this country and it's very hard for a politician to be fair with the palestinians. It's a political suiccide if you don't side with them 70 or 90% of the time.
    They love the statut quo because the rich jews make more money off the back of the colonialism of the palestinians et the poor Jews will suffer from rocket attacks from the palestinians. It's wrong and unacceptable for the palestinians to send rockets to Israel but understand the israelis are doing exactly to the palestinians the same thing they've suffered from that brought them to that land.
    THE ISRAELIS CAN AND WILL LEAVE IN PEACE WITH THE PALESTINIANS IF THEY CHOOSE TO.

    June 8, 2009 at 10:28 am |
  133. jay

    I heard your report on POT smoking this morning about the lady who almost die from smoking an I most say I don't believe that.
    I was brought up in a society where all my friends smoke pot and it did not afect them one bit .If you abuse water it will kill you

    Thank you

    June 16, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  134. Frank Coney

    Why aren't reporters taking note of the disingenuous contention made by opponents of the President's proposed insurance program, i. e. that the government will limit which doctors you can see, will challenge specialist referrals, will cause long delays for needed treatment? The insurance companies are already doing this far more often than the government ever would since the intent of the government plan is to provide MORE treatment, not LESS treatment.

    June 16, 2009 at 10:16 am |

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