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June 4th, 2009
08:18 AM ET

President Obama’s Speech to the Muslim World

President Barack Obama delivered his long-awaited speech this morning on American and Muslim relations, tackling an array of issues. Among conflicts the president cited: the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, women's rights, economic development, religious freedom and democracy in the Muslim world.

We will reair a large portion of the speech at 11am ET, but we also want to hear from you. What did you think about President Obama’s speech?
Leave us a comment and we’ll share some of them on air in the CNN Newsroom - 11am – 1pm ET.

Filed under: Tony Harris
soundoff (266 Responses)
  1. Nina Jones

    Boy am i Proud of our United States Obama makes us look so smart!
    Something we havent had in a while.

    June 4, 2009 at 9:11 am |
  2. BirdinParadise


    June 4, 2009 at 9:11 am |
  3. Rodney Smith

    It's time that we acknowledge and praise that fact that we truly have a leader that has world wide influence which can bring a great deal of credibility back to the United States. Let's rally with him and behind him. This is good for the country and the world!

    June 4, 2009 at 9:12 am |
  4. MrLarry

    Perfectly timed, a definate step in the right direction!

    June 4, 2009 at 9:14 am |
  5. Roy D. Schickedanz

    Such a speech by President Obama before the University of Cairo, could never have been given by the previous President and his administration of cowards, whose acts and deeds representing criminals.

    Today is great day in American history.

    President Obama will go down as one of the greatest president sof our country, representing the values of our Constitution, leaving the world wondering how we ever elected a Bush, a true tragedy of a democracy.


    June 4, 2009 at 9:14 am |
  6. Christine

    Great speech!

    June 4, 2009 at 9:14 am |
  7. Eddie Lee Davis

    I think that the speech that was give was the right thing to do and at the right time. If we as American do not attend to these problems now I feel they will get more out of hand then what we could have expected. Obama hit every key point

    June 4, 2009 at 9:14 am |
  8. jaid

    President Obama is catalytic. It only requires one voice to spark major change. What the President did in Egypt will not make changes immediately but it will send a signal to those thirsty for change that they are not alone and that their desire for change is possible. This President does not seek to export democracy as in the Bush Administration but rather opts to encourage those activists to change their own governments and policy impacting their lives. It is to encourage each person to find their own voice in determining their future. Who can possibly argue with the concepts of freedom except those who seek to enslave.

    June 4, 2009 at 9:15 am |

    Muslim world does not mean only arab muslims.Arabs muslims probably constitute about 8% of the muslim world.

    When we talk about democracy there is democratic goverment in Indonesia,Bangladesh,Pakistan and malaysia.The preception is that muslim countries do not have democracy.

    June 4, 2009 at 9:15 am |
  10. 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 |
  11. K

    I heard Pres Obama promise MY tax dollars to the Middle East – when are we going to hear about contributions from the fabulously wealthy Middle East families to help build roads, hospitals, schools etc in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine etc etc??

    June 4, 2009 at 9:19 am |
  12. Timothy Parker

    I encourage the peace between the Muslems and other peoples and the US.
    But reality will show that the US Congress and Senate will damage the message by trying to make money for a Lobyist or scam us and the Muslems.
    The proof is in the pudding for the last 50 years.

    June 4, 2009 at 9:19 am |
  13. Abidemi

    Watched the speech for a minute.....but heard something ammazing.....Did anyone hear what Obama said after mentioning Mohammed's name..........That shows understanding. That alone drew me to the speech and I am sure many muslims.

    June 4, 2009 at 9:19 am |
  14. TK

    Barack Obama is a genius.
    if only the whole world could be one single country and Obama its president !

    June 4, 2009 at 9:21 am |
  15. Sana Nimer

    HE ROCKS!!! I am a young girl that lives in America, is a Muslim( not moslem), and is from Palestine. When Obama mentioned us in his inauguration speech, we were surprised, but to see him make a speech in Egypt directly for us is amazing. I'm still young so I can't really understand it all, but knowing that he would take the time to come talk(and not get a shoe thrown at him) for us helps you guys realize that he is going to be better that Bush.
    P.S:To say Muslim the right way, just say slim with a little mu in front. IT IS NOT THAT HARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 4, 2009 at 9:22 am |
  16. Sana Nimer


    June 4, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  17. DAVID


    June 4, 2009 at 9:29 am |
  18. Larry

    His speech was terrific.

    Where did we find this guy. We've needed a leader like Obama for the last 50 years.

    We can stop running the world now and just join it. And our young people can stop dying in useless wars.

    June 4, 2009 at 9:37 am |
  19. Taiwo Odutola

    President Obama truly displayed the hallmark of a great leader with his speech today. He's changed the dynamics of the rules of engagement with the muslim's truly a masterpiece !

    June 4, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  20. Taaj Hussein

    As someone who shares his Islamic last name with the President's middle name of "Hussein" meaning "the little beautiful one," I think his speech was simply hussein and beautiful.

    Well crafted, honest, temperate, uplifting. I for one am not 100% sold since actions speaks louder than words.

    And thus far on issues critical to me like respecting Muslim civil rights by: not politicially witch-hunting Muslim charities, not siding with Bush's prosecturos , not illegally spying on Americans, Mr. Obama's action has thus far fallen short.

    But time he has and he's off to a great beginning based on mutual respect. Bravo!

    June 4, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  21. Doris Johnson

    Our young and very intelligent President Obama'speech made in
    Egypt was OUTSTANDING! Great and very much needed changes are going to be made perhaps slowly but surely soon!

    GOD BLESS OBAMA and may all people -worldside – discover that HE is going to DO THE RIGHT THING when it comes to having a better understanding between ALL PEOPLE IN ALL COUNTRIES!

    June 4, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  22. Taaj Hussein

    To K,

    Your tax dollars and MINE also goes to producing one missile at a cost of $500,000 or weaponory at the tune of $2.5 billion dollars to Israeli military that they use to continue the oppression of Muslim Palestinians.

    You're telling me spending a fraction of that military hardware to alleviate poverty, the twin of terrorism, is comparatively wasteful? Get real.

    June 4, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  23. Adrian Shepherd


    June 4, 2009 at 9:53 am |
  24. Randy Boyer

    I applaud the President for thinking he can change anything in the Middle East, but let's be realistic, they've been fighting each other for thousands of years and that's not going to change. I think he should concentrate on the problems at home before trying to fix other countries problems. Alot of people in the U.S. don't have work, can't pay monthly bills, and have no health insurance. I think the President should concentrate his efforts on the homefront!!

    Randy Boyer

    June 4, 2009 at 9:53 am |
  25. Rusty Marsh

    It is so very sad that this President just keeps playing "house"...or in this case, "White House". He is very naive, and very foolish if he thinks that he can just go to the Islamic World, extend his hand and say, "Let's be friends". These Islamic terrorists have decided that American is not like them (although with this guy running the show, we're getting closer), and they do not like our "way of life". My mother predicted this 50 years ago, and told us (her children) that someday, Muslims will attempt to destroy us, and all that we believe. She said that she was glad that she will not be around for this.

    This country is in big trouble. I wish that all the lemmings would not have voted for this man. Most thought that the "change" would be for the better, but now, sadly, this country is on the way to destructioon after complete socialization.

    THEY WERE DUPED by a slick talking "car salesman-type poilitician".

    ...Even 2 days ago, this country (a soldier who represented this country) was"attacked" again by a muslim terrorist. A US Soldier was shot and killed by a black muslim terrorist who had trained in Yemen.
    ...THe President has said nothing about this. Why???

    Where is the story on CNN???? sad.

    There are other terrorists in this country that will rise up and attack us again, but we are "on our own here". We will get no protection from this "NEW Government"

    June 4, 2009 at 9:55 am |
  26. LAILA

    Obama IN , osama OUT !! well done MR PRESIDENT , you have won our hearts by extending a hand in friendship .

    June 4, 2009 at 10:07 am |
  27. Ann Oriadha

    President Obama's speech was exactly what we need right now to restart our relationship with the Muslim community around the world. I agree with the tone, the message and the challenge. It is time for all of us to rise above our differences and look for common ground. This is the only way to bring about peace and a better future for our children.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:08 am |
  28. trish nostrom

    Obama could never have been elected if he had referred to America as a Muslim nation during his campaign. He couldn't have been elected if he had denied we were a Christian nation. He is the most frightening leader our country has ever elected. Thankfully, I wasn't one of them.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  29. Mack Haque

    as far as i understand as a muslim, Mr President clearly reached through those muslim whos view toward United states and western world was just another speach to the muslim world..President did much better than Mr Clinton and i really don,t want to compare his intellegence with the previous President.


    June 4, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  30. David Benjamin VanderMolen

    Today, I stand proud to be an American. Through President Obama's speech, the grass-roots spirit of of America was projected abroad, a spirit that inspires the goodness in others toward others. It is markedly different than the projection of power we have pushed into and on foreign lands during the past administration. I believe President Obama is fulfilling a prophetic role to restore the good name of America and the American people that has been tarnished around the world. I heard and saw leadership this morning in his speech, not politics. Thank you Mr. President for representing the highest values and visions of our great nation to the people of the Muslim world and beyond. Thanks for accepting your calling to lead our nation.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  31. Rita Weinstein

    I just watched the entire speech online. I thought it was brilliant and inspiring. I am very grateful that we have a President who represents America and its ideals so well to the world, who has such a sense of history, is so aware of other cultures, and has such a strong vision of global peace and prosperity.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  32. JW

    It should come as no suprise how far plain common sense will take us in all that we do.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:44 am |
  33. terra

    Obama's speech was magical...he looked like, as spoke as a modern world leader should!!

    June 4, 2009 at 10:49 am |
  34. kimie

    I am so proud to be a american on this great day! We finally got a leader that makes us proud,and that really cares about mankind. Thanks President Obama

    June 4, 2009 at 10:50 am |
  35. Canam

    This traitor that we were stupid enough to elect should be impeached and then removed from office. He displays everything that defines “TRAITOR”. I am ashamed that the voters elected him. The fact that I did not vote for him gives me no solace. I didn't believe there were that many stupid idiots in America. The State Controlled Media, of which CNN is a part are largely to blame. We should remove whatever protection is afforded to the corrupt media by the constitution.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  36. CaliGuy

    I applaud the start of's long over due. I detected hints of apology in the speech and I don't think the U.S. has anything to apologize for. President Obama failed to mention the times over the past 25 years or so when the U.S. went into battle in support of Muslims.

    The U.S. has always been open and tolerant of all religions and many Muslims want to live here, yet I find that it's Islam that's closed and intolerant of anyone who see's the world in a different view and practices a different religion. I think the world is deserving of an apology from the Islamic world.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  37. ludovic

    this is a good speech to all muslim people because Obama was using the word of the Koren

    June 4, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  38. peter robinson

    Although a Canadian, Americans should thank their lucky stars that Obama is their President. Talk about the right person at the right time in history!

    June 4, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  39. Vernon Wheeler

    It's so refreshing to be proud of our president's words and accomplishments. Speeches may be just words; however, when delivered at the right place and the right time, they can change the world!

    June 4, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  40. Ray Kestenbaum

    President Obama's speech in Cairo was a landmark in courage and openness.
    But rather than resulting in more moderation I think Muslims around the world will seize upon it not to bring about harmony but to agress further toward the Muslim goal of Dar al Islam and Dar al Harb, the Qur'anic imperative to first reconquer all territories once occupied by Muslims and then continue on a world conquest to bring about Shariya Law internationally. This has been their goal since the 7th century. They've been quiet for a thousand years but now they have a friend and supporter in an American President who seems to have given them the green light to further their expansion in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. You see, committed Muslims can never understand Democracy or toleration. They are committed from birth on to carry the banner of Islamic conquest for the sake of Allah as taught by Mohammad and the Qur'an.

    Ray Kestenbaum
    Rego Park, NY

    June 4, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  41. Kevin Lopez

    I think it is amazing that we are fortunate enough to see history in the making not only through a remarkable election but now through efforts by a president who knows the importance and common sense of making peace with a culture who has had no fault for the actions of some. Rhetoric used in Obama's speech is beyond what we have seen in any president in American history. Truly Inspiring.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  42. Roya

    Thanks President Obama to make us Juseo-Christian_Muslim Americans look good by respecting the muslims and visiting muslim countries for peace not war. I truly appreciate your jesture and this step stopped America from looking like those who go against a race or religion (like Hitler) and keep blaming them for years and years and years.....and how convenient that with your trip Al-quade moved and we can trace them bettre. May peace be uopn you ......

    June 4, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  43. EvanJones

    My understanding is that, if you are an extremist, you are not a Muslim. There's no such thing as moderate Islam and extremist Islam. Extremist Islam is not Islam. Period.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  44. sana pervez

    President Obama's efforts towards bringing peace in the world are commendable. All muslims should appreciate his efforts and fight along with him to kill terrorism. he is the leader and hero of this time.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  45. Kirstin

    I think it's pretty hypocritical for Obama to deny us as a Christian nation, but then quote the Qur'an in this speech. Why haven't we ever heard him quote the bible? There are plenty of quotes he could find from the Christian book to be just as relevant.
    He is just walking on eggshells, afraid to piss off one of our most fragile relationships in the world. I think he needs to focus more on not offending some of the faithful in this country.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  46. Ed Billeaud

    2000 years ago, these words were spoken by a middle-easterner:
    "Blessed are the Peacemakers". Our President is the incarnation in our time of that eternal truth.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  47. katherine

    Resolution 242! All of the violence between Israel and Palestine is a direct result of Israel ignoring international law. This should be the jumping off point for any discussion and action. At the very least it should be universally acknowledged.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  48. David

    At first I wasn't a supporter of President Obama, and I will be the first to admit I was wrong! This president had a rough 100 days, and he's reforming the image of a nation that was tarnished by the previous office. He is doing a great job indeed. However, I feel his speech in Cairo could have focused on more points...the Israel-Palestine conflict, the alleged Iranian nuclear program, and how he as Chief and Commander would work towards stabilizing a world economy that has collapsed and is heading to a much more severe recession compared with that of the 1920's!

    June 4, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  49. InlandEmperor

    Thank you Mr President. You once again have given hope...not only to the American people....but the citizens of the world...that we finally have leadership reflecting the good and decency of the common citizen of our great country. Please continue.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  50. Mike Tiktinsky

    It is about time that someone from the U.S. who has the credibility to talk with the Muslim world. Unfortunately, too many in the U.S. do not understand that the enemy is not Muslims–the enemy is extreme fundamentalists who use religion as an excuse. What too many forget is that the U.S. is a land of immigrants–and that means immigrants from all countries, religions, and beliefs.
    "Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance" says Mr. Obama. I hope that message gets through to American citizens as well.
    A wonderful speech and a wonderful speaker. I hope that this really is a new start.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  51. Larry Segal

    Dear CNN:
    I heard President Obama's speech. I don't understand why WE have to be the leaders. Why don't the Saudi's come forth as the peace brokers. They have huge monetary resources to make things happen. We are having huge economic problems. Let the Saudis and other wealthy oil rich nations put some money up. He puts the burden on Israel while Hamas and others continue to shower Israel in rockets. Why should Israel give up land while they continuously get pummeled with rockets. If but one of those rockets were fired inside the United States, thousands of police and SWAT teams would be sent out in one minute. Why doesn't the world do anything while the rockets continue to fall and the world still holds Israel at fault

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

    It's great that Mr. Obama is reaching out to the Muslim world.... but hopefully Pres Obama will not forget America's old friend, Israel.

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

    People eat up everything he says. I don't get it! He is destroying America piece by piece.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  54. J Keefer

    I think Obama talks a good talk, but the proof will have to be in the actions. As an Obama voter I have become a little disenchanted as his efforts to impose his promised policies here in America have faultered, for example his handing money to Big Oil under the guise of Ethanol subsidies, basically leaves me thinking Obama is like all other politicians and his plans for Israel and Palestinians will be a similar failure.

    I think it's fair for Palestine to have their own land, and Israel needs to recognize they are NOT the chosen people and put aside their occupational militaristic efforts. In the name of peace Israel should be disarmed of their nuclear arsenal.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  55. Ed Billeaud

    If the human race somehow survives into the distant future, earth's children will be taught: "This is the man who saved the world"

    June 4, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  56. Woody

    I hope the President will be tough on Israel. For far too long Israel has gotten away with alot.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  57. Doug

    You'd do well to read a piece in Foreign Policy called, "What Muslim World?" To refer to the Muslim world, as though a Turkish Muslim, an Afghan Muslim, an Iranian Muslim, or an American Muslim are the same, of the same "world", is a mistake. President Obama had an opportunity to speak to specific Muslims here but, instead, treated all like they're the same. Every Christmas and Easter, media outlets show Roman Catholic services, treating all Christians like the Roman Catholic church speaks for all of us.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  58. Ali

    As a Pakistani Muslim living in America for the past decade, this is the first time I have felt that the US administration is truly not at war with the Muslim world but the extremists amongst the Muslims who have hijacked the religion. Although educated Muslims have always known that about the US, but never has it been so eloquently and publicly stated by its leadership. An assurance by its leader that was badly needed to bridge the divide that has exacerbated between the Muslims and western world over the last 10 years due to policies of the Bush administration.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  59. Elliot

    President Obama showed the world today that we are no longer hiding behind our military power and are willing to once again be a beacon of freedom and acceptance!

    June 4, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  60. Paul Reiner

    I thought the speech was excellant, timely, and subtle in the way he attacked the extremists/terrorists. However, what I thought was even more emphatic, apart from the speech, was the video of him visiting the Sphinx and walking the red carpet shaking hands with various dignitaries, and finally boarding AF 1, all while wearing "dockers" and a "polo" shirt. He even jogged up the stairs. This is not your stereotypical President...

    June 4, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  61. eslam metaweia

    Dear Mr Obama ,

    for too long we have been waiting for the voice of reason and understanding and knowing the differance between a muslim and a terrorist.
    thank you for finnaly coming out of the shell that the last government built arround the american citizens and the states and thank you for the respect that we craved for too long we love the united states it`s the country that gave us the chance to help our selves and our families but that love and likeness for the states was a big torn on our side before today bcause before today we loved and respected a country that didn`t respect us that considered us terrorists and ignorant killers just because of our belief.........
    and last but not least we are hoping for much more to come much more than a speech...........

    June 4, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  62. Julio Rivas

    As a New Yorker, witness to Sept. 11th President Obama comments on all the facts and opinions. Obama has really spoken about how we must change, to advance and move on. We need to stop using ideology to fuel the fire of war and torment along with fear. very well spoken, he spoke to the world not just muslim.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  63. Clement

    This is one of the best speech of president Obama. the speech was on target, fair and square. it also motive people to stop the killing and moving more toward peace.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:33 am |
  64. Wayne P.Pegram

    All we have ot do is love those terrorist and they we love us back, Give me a break

    June 4, 2009 at 11:33 am |
  65. Osama Khan

    It was an excellent speech but its just the beginning. I think the choice of city "Cairo" to deliver this address was disappointing. Islamabad would have been the right choice. Pakistani people are suffering because of the War on Terror. There was no mention of suffering of Swat people in Pakistan.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:33 am |
  66. Chris

    Not to sound negative, but it was just a speech. Remember the speeches Obama gave during the Presidential Race when he said he would take a hard stance against China and the economical issues we are having with them....however....everytime we have met with China we back down.

    All I have to say is ACTIONS speak louder than words, now if he can back this speech up with actual actions then I will say this was a great thing, however, if it is like the speeches and promises he gave during the Presidential Race then I have to say that the speech was pointless at this point in time.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:33 am |
  67. Eric Toro

    In the speech he gave today in Cairo, President Obama was outstanding. He was heroic. He is taking action as a true representative of humanity, employing broad reasoning, empathy, and ultimately good diplomacy. He is wonderful representative for what America truly stands for, human rights, freedom of speech and religion and tolerance for all. He also demonstrates a profound grasp of all the major world religions and seeks to establish the common ground that unites all faiths on the basis of a common humanity shared by all human beings. He is a champion of sincere dialogue over diatribe and plow shares over swords. It is clear that our current President of the United States is a true global philosopher. In this respect there is renewed hope for humanity and a chance to turn the tide from war to peace and construction over destruction.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:34 am |
  68. muslim woman

    It brought tears to my eyes when i heard the president said"whoever kill a man,kill all menkind and whoever save a man save all mankind".Not every muslim is a terrorist and not every terrorist is a muslim.i also think that the president speech is an eye opning to everybody,muslims and non-muslims.thanks!

    June 4, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  69. pat vallina

    It is so refreshing to see a man who knows something about what he is talking about representing the U.S.
    Our President is so inteligent and so informed and it shows in his demeanor and his air of human dignity.
    This can only improve the world's view of Americans and repair some of the damage done in the last eight years.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  70. Ronald Cook

    Hi Tony,
    I think President Obama has done a great job with his speech and his intentions. You see some muslims making positive comments about Obama's speech but back home some of the GOP's right wing's already taking jabs at him. It just goes to show you how some people will never change. Anything to make 2012 look hopeful

    New York

    June 4, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  71. noreen salter

    I think President Obama has done a great thing by going there. It is the beginning of repairing the damage that has been done with this war.
    I like to hear an American finally call 9/11 murder and not an act of war on the states. Bush is the one that declared an act of war when he invaded Iraq.
    The only thing is, the muslim ppl already know and accept Islam. It its the western part of the world that needs do their homework on religion.
    When i am in yahoo chat i can't believe how many American people are rasist to the muslim ppl . People bringing down muslims and thinking they are all murderers are just showing their ignorance to the world and giving the United States a bad name around the world ,i'm glad you finally got the man that can change that way of thinking by being honest and really telling the truth. That is what Islam is about ,truth. God's truth.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  72. Rudy Mitchell

    President Obama's speech could be a small start to a turning point in U.S./Muslim relations. The party of opposition calling this an "apology tour" is just another example of the zenophobic ideals that have plagued legitimate diplomacy for our nation. Blame for our current relationship with Islamic nations should be shared and discussed. That is the only way true progress can be achieved. Praying to your own spiritual beliefs while not trying to understand another isn't righteous, it's dangerous and a failed policy. Witht that being said, hopefully they will heed our presiden't gesture and meet us halfway.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  73. Brittaney619

    Our President just keeps on amazing me with his compassion and fowardness with the American people and Other Countries alike. He always seems to calm any issue down and gets the public to think rationally about the situation as a whole. I love how considerate he is of other people and not only Americans but people from other countries too. See it is known that America is not always smiled upon but I think Our President will start to change those views. He is awsome.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:36 am |

    I would have liked to see some comments about the historical and geographical connection between Egypt and Gaza. They share a common border. Gaza and Palestine are not contiguous like Egypt and Gaza. They are separated by Israel.

    Gaza can be merged into an Egyptian state if the political obstacles could be overcome. Remember that Gaza was given an Egyptian Governor when Israel was formed. It was a mistake not to merge Gaza into Egypt then.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  75. Marcel Mulvany

    Finally a leader, our president, leading America out of the geo-political Dark Ages.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  76. Suzanne

    The President represents us so well. His speech was firm and demanding but appreciative of the people and countries of the Middle East. I think he gives the majority of us the hope that the world can be a better place if we recognize and respect one another. It has been a long time since we have had a world leader so highly regarded by most nations of the world.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  77. Seema

    Charismatic as usual, great message delivered. I hope it sinks into everyone's minds! Go Obama!

    June 4, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  78. DrQ

    Bravo Mr.President! To those who disagree with the content of his speech please know that the "ground has shifted beneath your feet." America has again taken the lead in this world with diplomacy, logic, patience and understanding. Bravo!

    June 4, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  79. Ruth

    Excellent speech given by President Obama. One of America's finest.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  80. barbara s

    president obama's speech was makes me proud once again to be an american. it was a message to ALL of us that we are not at war with the muslim world — a issue that too many americans are confused about— but only with the few extremists who want to do harm to innocents.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  81. Kamran Khan

    Beautiful speech, but actions speak louder. Hopeful for follow through.

    Kamran Khan
    Muslim American

    June 4, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  82. CaliGuy

    Great speech.....but when is the western world going to hear from Muslims denouncing extremist and appologoizing for their actions, and that the are working to extinguish extremist who shine a bad light on Islam?

    June 4, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  83. Asma(CHARLOTTE)

    Great Speech by President Barak Obama!

    He was very respectful to his entire audience around the World, especially to the Muslims. I am proud to be first a Muslim, second a Canadian citizen, and soon to be a US citizen.

    "Thank you Mr. President, I pray for your safety and I do sincerely hope that you are able to complete the tasks and goals you have set for yourself and for the United States. Good Luck, you do have a difficult road ahead of you."


    June 4, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  84. Nikki Waters

    Throughout history fear and misunderstanding have always best been diffused by gentle, honest confrontation. I am both humbled and proud this day to be a citizen of a nation whose freely-elected leader demonstrated this wisdom so elegantly today. Centuries of mistrust between the East and the West will not be erased overnight, but as Plato wrote centuries ago, only by facing together the source of the shadows on the wall of our mutual misunderstanding will true respect, peace and honor between all peoples and nations be possible. Our responsibility now, as members of the human race, is to take those hard but concrete and tangible steps required to transform this goodwill and hope for mutual cooperation from theory into practice. I have great faith we are all up to the challenge.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  85. Rick

    This was a waste of time of him to go there. People have already made their minds up thousands of years ago. USA just needs to protect our interests. Again, wasted time and wasted money.

    Rick in California

    June 4, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  86. Tyson

    Obama's speech holds a strange parallel to that of the Bush administration, and previous administrations . I'm impressed at how long he manages to speak in generalities about faith and peace, without making any concrete statements about the issues at hand. What will the U.S. do about the continuing expansion of Israeli settlements? Obama can't be ignorant of the fact that innocent civilians have died in their hands also. Every power acts unilateral through the guise of morality, including United Sates. However, progress is being made...

    June 4, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  87. Kenneth

    Obama talked about the common beliefs that overlapped all religions and quoted the Koran several times. I don't remember him quoting the Bible once. I am all for peace but when Obama is faced with making a decision that he needs comfort from God in making, where will he look to? Its a dangerous game to walk the fence. I for one look to the Bible and will never turn my back on Israel's best interest.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  88. Gene

    It's never a mistake to seek solutions to problems and ask questions,then start a dialouge,that leads to progress. Our President
    did not apologize for anything, he said that all parties can, based on
    honest effort, reach concensus. One of the most admirable qualities
    of our President is that he is willing to risk his well being for us. He is
    makeing a bold attempt to regain our credibility around the world. As
    he said, It is time too act in ending conflict in the Middle East....... he
    was balanced in his opinions. Thank you President Obama

    June 4, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  89. TANNER

    I voted for Pres.Obama for what he promissed ;Change the attidue of administrasions last 8 yrs style. We found out without allies we can not achieve goals. We need other nations as they need us. America's credibility was brought down to below zero. In order to change Obama has as big task as the financial tasks he has at home. He is trying on both fronts as best as he can. I would love to be able to reach back to our old proud American status when I travel around the world.I believe Obama will make US number ONe again. World want to follow us they want US to be the leader. I wish sucesess to Pres.Obama on this endevour. I for one will not just hear him also understand him for what he said.LEAVE PAST BEHIND LETS START BUILDING TOMORROW TOGETHER./ LOVED HIS SPEECH MORE POWER TO PRES. OBAMA.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  90. Ahdy Mansour

    Mr. Obama said in his speech in Cairo,..."This tolerance is essential for religion to thrive. But it's being challenged in many different ways. Among some Muslims, there's a disturbing tendency to measure one's own faith by the rejection of somebody else's faith. The richness of religious diversity must be upheld, whether it is for Maronites in Lebanon or the Copts in Egypt..."
    I wish he has elaborated more on this subject of religious tolerance and freedom. Egypt was a Christian country from the early days of Cjhristianity until the Moslem Concquest were Egypt was invaded by Omr Eben El-Ass. Since then Islam spread in Egypt by force . Now Egypt have 20% of its population who are Christian. They have no rights. They cannot build a Church without a presidential decree. There are no Christian in a high post such as a University President, an Army or Police General, a Governor, a Judge, even an elected office, etc. Let alone the Christians are always attaked by the extremists wtout protection from the government, In recent history President Sadat put the Pope of the Coptics under house arrest in one of the monasteries in the western desert in Egypt.
    I wish Mr. Obama would have addressed this issue of attricities againest non moslems in public and private talks

    June 4, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  91. Fred

    Obama has a very good point in what he is saying. For once we could try and settle things down with a group of people that hate us for what we have done. For the first time I am hearing some kind of effort to bring about peace in the World. It is time for us to act on ending the conflict of Israelis and Palestinians. Joe Sacco a famed comic/author has a great book called "Palestine" that really shows the current situation. Although there are bigger problems that should be addressed and fix in the United States I side with a president that is really trying to establish some kind of peace. Funny thing is that the bible talks about Israelis and Palestinians never getting along due to past trouble from Jesus day. But most people don't even know because they dont take the time to read! Overall happy that this President is nothing like our horrible president George W. Busch!

    June 4, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  92. Lois

    I believe that Obama achieved the purpose of his speech : to set a new tone in relations between the US and the Muslim world. He reminded people that he understands Islam and respects their religion and their people but that extremists do nothing but engender hatred and mistrust which, in the end, does harm to Muslims in general. The muslim people seem to accept him and be open to his new approach. We all (media included) have to remember that this speech was a first postive step to open minds to hope and new possibilities. The actions will follow.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  93. Charles Brown

    I think Obama's speech in Cairo changed alot of views among the Muslim community. We need to establish a(n) relationship in the middle east. Stop the ignorance among the different religious factors.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:48 am |
  94. Paolo Boselli

    I was up this morning early and I did not miss one word of this incredibly great speech. Obama is an extraordinary leader, a man of peace, a man who is the great hope of the world, a man with a clear vision of history. He spoke very clearly and forcing everybody to assume their own responsibilities. It was a balanced and forceful speech! This speech will be studied by my grand children as one of the most important texts of this century.
    A further demonstration that Obama is a great President.
    He makes me proud to be American!

    June 4, 2009 at 11:48 am |
  95. Les Besser

    It is time to be impartial and halt the Israeli expansion. Trading peace for land can lead to a long-term solution.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  96. Will

    I think that Obama has made the most important speech to the Muslim world since our treaty with the Barbars nearly two hundred years ago.

    As expected Israelis didn't like it, but most Arabs, Muslims and everyone else in the world loved it.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  97. Joe

    Finally we have a president that will not bow down to israili demands. To achieve peace in that region we must give equal support to the palistinians and isrialis. Any other way just won't work.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  98. Brandon Taylor

    Even though I'm from the United States, I felt as if he were passionate in restoring the world. If seems as if President Obama is battling the world by himself. I can only try to help restore my community. If everyone do their part in helping their community, city, state, country, Continent, we would be a better world. The problem is that powerful leaders just DON'T GET IT or they just DON'T CARE.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  99. Darrell Austin, Texas

    It's all a hoax. Obama is a pawn and a liar. I voted for him because of "change", and I'm a democrate. His type of "change" is bad for this country! He's trying to bring peace in order to set up the New World Order! Work on this country first Mr President! There are people in New Orleans still displaced!

    June 4, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  100. billbee

    This must have been the most ambitious speech in ages. That it could be generally well received around the world is simply outstanding.

    Sorry, but those nitpicking critics here and abroad didn't have a better idea, and couldn't do better. To them, a half-full glass of water is not a thirst quencher, just an opportunity to say something negative one more time.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  101. Sandra Conti

    Pres. Obama is doing a superb job – all should be as large-hearted, dedicated, focused, peace-seeking, intelligent as he . He has thrown down the gauntlet, now let us see how many Arab leaders pick it up.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  102. Egberto Willies

    President Obama's most important accomplishment in this speech was the symbol of an American President quoting the Koran and expressing the American shared values with Muslims through this vehicle. One speech will not solve distrust or bring peace. This speech however shows that America has a leader who can understand all sides.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  103. Ed Billeaud

    Love is always the best solution to any problem. Tough love if necessary.
    President Obama not only understands this, he acts that way too.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  104. Thomas Lagergren

    I don't see any substantial change from President Bush's policies, which are the same policies any American government would pursue. Any differences made by President Obama are rhetorical use of his personal popularity.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  105. Cheryl Ede

    Regarding Iraq, President Obama said we will not keep bases there. I hope he can do just that, and prevail over our military industrial congressional complex.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  106. Vince Black

    Great speech. Honest and to the point, but, the haters will always find fault. Extremists-right wingers, left wingers, anti-Israel and anti musilms people-of all stripes will never be satisfied.
    Go Mr. President

    June 4, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  107. ellen martin

    Finally, a leader who gets the big picture and makes sense. This planet really needs intelligent leaders like President Obama. YES WE CAN!!!

    June 4, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  108. Kelly Doherty

    I commend Pres. Obama for speeching from the heart and touching on issues so many others have avoided for so long.Especially the Israel/Palistine.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  109. Brenda Ross

    What a refreshing and bold speech. I immediately thought of President Obama's ability to organize and reach young people in the US. Just think of the young audience that he reached today in the Middle East. All the chest beating rhetoric of the past backed many young people to choose terror organizations. Obama clearly is giving those young people a better smarter option for peace. President Obama is the only US president that could have made this speech and I applaud him for taking this to the people.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  110. Sabz

    The choice is for Israel's new administration to decide, but pending on which direction the new prime minister wants to take, we've reach a time where Israel may be heedlessly plotting towards its own DESTRUCTION!

    June 4, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  111. elsonson

    President Obama has delivered another great speech. This was the equivalent of a town meeting with muslims and jews. Now more than ever before, we have a chance to sincerely have peace in the Holy land between Israel and Palestine. It is obvious from Netanyahu that Israelis do not want peace as they continue to build settlements on palestinian land. The US must hold israelis acccountable for peace since we provide Israel with 5 billions/year, and the latest weapons.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  112. Jeannie

    Thank goodness we have a president that is wiling to consider both sides, Israeli and Palestinian. For far too long we have blindly took Israels side with no regard to the Palestinians. This is what true diplomacy looks like. Just hope these are not just words like all the ones before and its followed through for true peace for both Jews and Palestinian arabs in the Israel.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  113. EvanJones

    I don't hear anybody complaining about the American tax dollars that have been going to Israel. By offering to help the Muslim world, Obama is again being evenhanded and fair.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  114. Iman Salam

    Comments that are online as well in the media have people saying, WORDS are great but what about ACTION!! What I think people tend to forget are words are only the beginning. President Obama made a huge step that none before have ever made.
    As an American-Muslim I hold my head high today.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  115. Sue

    I thought it was a terrific speech. Israelis may not like it, but they are so used to being coddled by the U.S. that they can't seem to fathom fairness on both sides of the question between them and Palestine. If they wanted peace, they should never have chosen someone else over Barak who actually wanted peace. And now they have a hawk again in Netanyahu. Obama has the right and balanced ideas and many Jews also think that that is what they need unlike some of their leaders.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  116. Darnell Dabney

    The speech was excellent, which address alot of issues to the Muslim community. People lets understand, its hard to give details in a time frame of a speech. Especially when you are adressing many different issues! lets be patient with details. Change does not come in a day.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  117. Ben

    Overall I thought President Obama did an acceptional job on reestablishing connections between the peaceful Muslims of the world and America. However, he needed to discuss that it is Isreal not Palestine that has been and is one of America's strongest allies. Since the election of President Obama, our ties with Isreal have faultered too. He also needed to stress that this is Islamic extremists not just extremists. It may not have been the politcally correct thing to do, but this is what is real. Not all Muslims are terroists but virtually all terroists are Muslims.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  118. Brandon Taylor

    I am fed up with everyone stressing the President out by making inconsistent comments about Middle Eastern wealthy citizen taxes and wealthy American taxes. People would rather make the poor man pay higher taxes and the rich man with lower taxes. I'm American. I can honestly say we have concepts backwards. Please post my comment because we as Americans just don't GET IT.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  119. California Jayne

    President Obama's speech in Cairo was brilliant, timely and honest. It's time we confronted world problems head-on. I applaud his remarks and realize that this is a first step toward better relations with Muslim countries. However, that said, it is like "one small step for man, one giant step for mankind". This is a bid deal.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  120. MOMM

    People need hope in times of despair. Without hope for a brighter future, we fall into depression and despair. Without hope, we resort to anger and violence. President Obama inspires people to rise above egocentric pursuits and see the larger picture. We are all in this boat together and there is enough to go around if we all share. Thank you President Obama.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  121. Carol Vignale

    Bravo! to President Obama for his outstanding speech of leadership and diplomacy towards a global village of interdependency of peoples and cultures.

    The vision of multiculturalism is a strong and central value in Canadian society therefore this speech rings true for myself and all Canadians.

    It is good to have our US neighbours join us and articulate to the world the values of global sustainability.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  122. Bill Purswell

    Finally! An American president delivers a speech full of tact, respect, logic, compassion, and empathy, appealing to the moderate majority of the Muslim world, yet boldly and clearly proclaiming the values of an American Christian. Diplomacy, dialogue and dignity – what a concept! How did the simple wisdom of this approach elude the last administration for seven years?

    June 4, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  123. beatrice flynn

    We should all thank God that President Obama with all of his humility, intelligence and common sense got into office and can start steering this great nation of ours in the right direction again. May God bless him and keep him safe, not only for his family but for the rest of the world.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  124. Jose

    WOW! This man has been on the job for only a little over 100 days and look at what he is trying to accomplished.
    I admire and respect him for that and let's all be thankful fo what he is doing for ALL of us and help and support him for us.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  125. Latief

    Good speech, as expected. On issue though....majority of the Muslim population does not live in the Middle about addressing the number one problem in the South East Asia that almost pushed two nuclear powers, India and Pakistan to the brink of war.....and continues to be a bone of contention. KASHMIR. 20 years of unrest, 100,000 people killed and counting. Kashmir issue was 'conveniently' left out. How about the pending UN resolution on this issue.
    If you are reaching out to Muslims and addressing the core issues, then let's talk about the CORE ISSUES.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  126. Jenna

    the point is not that these two countries need porblem solving in their conflicts but i still don't understand the the problems the palestinians did that they need help with stopping and also the fact that the president puts his head in other people's issues that absolutely has nothing to do with him for example when the US is off killing thousands and cries when 1 or 2 soldiers are killed and when fighting with other countries around the world i don't think they want a preisident from anywhere to come to them and tell them what to do and it shows us he isn't paying attention to helping his country full on but if he really wanna help these people first it has nothing to do with him as he is just a man from a different territory but then he should atleast realize and not make them equal as there is always one who started it and know that the problem there is between the world today is HIGH for him to deal with

    June 4, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  127. Melissa Carlson Hynes

    This man's voice is bringing virtue back in vogue!

    June 4, 2009 at 11:57 am |

    Our President gave a inspirational speech to the people of the world. I felt as though he was talking to me. Knowing that im only one person what can i do , but all of us together CAN do great things. We are all human that should be the only race that matters.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  129. Gary Miceli

    Finally, a rational voice in the midst of the Middle East cacophony of murderous, self-defeating, adversarial nonsense.

    The U.S. has supported Israel at the cost of thousands of American lives. Palestinians and Arabs have turned their ludicrous hatred of Israelis into their national anthems. It's time for all to act for the protection of everyone's children and the future of this planet.

    To fail to solve this problem is to fail to progress as a human society.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:58 am |
  130. Joe Parko

    President Obama took the important first step toward restoring America's role as an honest broker in dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. His call for a freeze on Israeli settlements is a clear signal that the U.S. will no longer rubber stamp the decisions of the Israeli government.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  131. Darryl

    The speech I HEARD by President Obama filled my heart with pride of being an American. The speech I HEARD shows that dialogue and diplomacy will strengthen the view of the USA as a leader in bringing peace to this planet. After all aren't we all citizens of Earth? As a resident of an energy producing state I don't always agree with our President, but I admire him for his enlightment and attempt to bring peace to all citizens of OUR planet without the use of unproven and barbaric means.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  132. Zohra Soltani - Tunisia - Usa

    What a breath of Fresh Air! President Obama is calling for Peace and asking All to work towards a Humanitarian Peace Goal from all Humans. He is asking us to transcend all of us to a Higher Level. For the first time since the bloodshed of innocent Palestinians for over half a century are we now hearing compassion, truth and understanding. Obama alone cannot do this. All of us share a planet and all of us have dreams to own a place called home. Lets stop and hear his calling. Muslims have been dealt an unfair blow by the previous President, the Israeli government and their holocaust on the People of Palestine especially Lately in Gaza. President Obama has an agenda that I pray will come true. The American People are some of the kindest people ever to live with, there's been defamation of Islam and the Muslims throughout America by sheer lies and propaganda of expansion efforts of the Israelis a cover up that it's time overdue for it to be lifted and the truth revealed. Obama, keep the faith and steadfastness, the Truth shall prevail and you are the voice of the oppressed. Thank you! Zohra Soltani Tunisia – USA.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  133. Gustavo

    The speech was excelent. It's time for reality and to find solutions in the middle east. I am coming from a jew family and I support his call to speak the true at all times, fo a two state soultion, the stop of settlements ,and find peace for all. Tony thank you to let me share my early hours each day with you.
    Truly yours

    June 4, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  134. js

    A well researched and touching speech. I am a Muslim living in America for the past 8 years. I started having a feeling that a mere mention of Muslims triggered images of terrorists in people's minds. I appreciate his efforts!

    June 4, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  135. Stephen Boyling

    Watching President Obama's Cairo speech reminded me of a man who has attacked his neighbor and then returns to apologise despite the intolerable provocation that preceded the attack.

    Perhaps the West has misstepped on the world stage, but to what end? Curtailing tyranny? Ending human rights abuse? Curtailing nuclear ambitions? Providing money, food, medical supplies? Promoting the rights of women?

    Context and perspective are always crystal clear in 20/20 hindsight. It allows Obama to speak as an Idealist when perhaps what we really need is a Realist. Whether the Middle East and Asia sign on to his vision of perfect harmony will determine our elevation or descent over the span of the current century.

    In our lifetime, Muslims will never have a more powerful or outspoken Western champion than Barack Obama. Will they seize the moment?
    I fear they won't.

    Stephen Boyling
    Toronto, Canada

    June 4, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  136. Anum Khan

    Obama sparked a beautiful chord with Muslims from across the world. Citing passages from the Quran showed that he was not ignorant about Islam, that he understood the religion of peace. He was lucid about listening to Muslim leaders to find a way to bring change. I am proud of this president to finally, publicly listen to Muslim communities from all over. The fact that that Obama met with Muslim-American CEO's and had conferences to see what should be discussed in the speech clearly showed. This speech was important to him as it is part of a new beginning in relations with the Islamic world.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:01 pm |

    Truly amazing speech. I am totally in agreement with all that he said. This man is a gift to the wolrd.

    I am in total agreement of the stopping of all settlements in Gaza. This support of these diabolical land grabbing idiots has got to stop. Unrest is created by these Israelis. I am sick of them. We should stop coddling Israel. Period.
    I love Egypt, I was so fascinated even as a child to go there and did during the time of Carter, which many have forgotten he was revered in Egypt as a compassionate man, They loved him. I spent 3 weeks in Egypt, I had no idea even from the books I had read what a fantastic country it was. We were treated like royalty. I saw so many things and only the last few days actually visited the pyramids, where in the dust of sand we went horse back riding on stallions. Nothing could compare the experience, visiting a tented stucture in the desert. I now have extended family there, and hope to go back again..... My son has been there twice. Hurray for Obama. Most of us love the heck out of him.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  138. Ed Billeaud

    By his bearing, wisdom, and compassion, President Obama has done more in this one speech to promote democracy in the middle east than all the weapons of war, the sad, misguided strategies of the past, could ever do.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  139. Gina Ceppetelli

    Obama's speech was perfect, it have me goosebumps. He finally addressed the elephant in the room. He was simple, truthful and fair. As Spidey's Uncle Ben said – "with great power comes great responsibility". Obama got both.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  140. Andy McDonald

    As a relatively new U.S. citizen and a former frequent traveller to the Middle East, I found President Obama's speech to be both brilliantly crafted and enormously inspiring. I'm a registered Republican who voted for Obama partly because I had faith in his ability to deliver a speech such as this one; one that shows the appropriate respect for the independence and differing beliefs of other nations while standing firm on the unwavering principles of fairness and peace that underpin America's greatness.

    At a time of such intensified global sensitivity and scrutiny, It's hard to imagine a better ambassador for this country than the current President.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  141. Daryl

    Trickle down. One of the few times I believe in it. The Presidents shares his thoughts and visions. Now it is time for the vision to trickle down into reality.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  142. Jay Blodgett

    What a fabulous spokesman for our Country!!

    I do wish that those who want action NOW, must understand that this administration seems bent on laying out a groundwork and moving according to judgement from proposing the plan. It has only been FIVE MONTHS since he was elected!

    We spent 8 years in the knee-jerk world of "You're either wish us or against us!" and you better listen for the jets above, to actually give a speech that so eloquently placed before the Muslim-Judeo-Christian world the goals of all the parties involved and how they can only be gained through co-existence, is by for the largest step that this country has taken in YEARS!

    June 4, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  143. Vi Wilkes

    It is nice to have a President who has gone to "finishing school." Maybe I will stay here after all. I am proud to be an American once more.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  144. Bashar

    I am extremely proud to be an American Muslim who campaigned for Obama, celebrated his victory in Grant Park, and who can continue to be proud of his representation of the US the world over.

    He has stepped up and done something no other President in recent history has done and that is to acknowledge the vast overlap between Islam and the West, not exaggerate the differences. It is incredible the damage done to US-Muslim relations by the previous administration. It is refreshing to see a US President be frank and candid about the challenges before us and the critical need to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict by guaranteeing freedom, justice, and equality to all in the region.

    Thank you to CNN for your fair coverage of this important speech.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  145. rebecca crumes

    I am so proud of President Obama. The speech he gave today was prepared before he was born, he was choosen to deliver it..and he did. This world will never be the same. He said there would be change, and we see and hear it everyday. I am so proud to be an American...everybody say "Yes we can"

    June 4, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  146. Carmelo, NJ

    I thought it was a great speech somewhat even handed regarding the Palestinian struggle for the end of Israel occupation. But words are not enough, deeds counts. Obama must end Israel occupation of the West Bank by stopping and removing illegal settlements, tearing down the wall that is cutting into Palestinian land, stopping the extrjudicial killing, and free the 10,000 Palestinians freedom fighters and activists rotten in Israeli prisons without trialand end the strangulation of Gaza

    June 4, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  147. John Smithfield

    The speech was well thought out, it is the coverage by Tony Harris that is unacceptable. The man is just too dramatic–making too much of HIS opinions. If he wants to be an actor–then act. Report the news and refrain from trying to appear informed. We are intelligent enough to interpret the President's speech–Tony does not need to comment.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  148. charles

    president obama did an strong speech in cairo. we need to get long with different countries. he spoke highly of the us. i was proud of him. this is change we can beleive in. thumbs up to obama, well done speech

    June 4, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  149. TC

    President Obama has started the healing process through his understanding. It's only the first step in a very long road to recovery but it's truly significant. We are all God's children and through love and forgiveness I am optimistic we can all come together in his call for compromise. I hope we can take advantage of this great moment in history. God bless America.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  150. John W.

    Why were you so angry in the interview?

    You had Muslims praising the speech and the tone of Obama's message, and you seemed to want to discount that though policies are similar (Bush v. Obama) , Obama wanted to establish a dialogue rather than Bush declaring "he was the sherriff in town". Its all about respect and humilty without sacrificing a position of power.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  151. Carol Lee

    There is no doubt that President Obama has begun a new era in our world. His excellent communication skills reaches out to a broad spectrum of nations and people. This is just the beginning. For the first time in many, many years, I am hopefully for our children's future and if other world leaders will take the initiative and work on this beginning, there is hope for all people in all nations.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  152. Am

    Obama continues his attempt to do the right thing, across the board. He stroke the right tone in Cairo, and should be commended for his honesty, courage and intelligence. He gave me confidence that Muslims in the USA can be accepted without prejudice... Thank you and Allah bless!

    June 4, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  153. Victor

    I think its wonderful to have our President speak the truth and be serious about the illegal settlements. I have traveled as a American backpacker through Turkey, Syria, Israel, Jordan, Egypt and Pakistan many times and have found the people very hospitable and giving.

    The dialogue is now open and we need to push for peace. Because this situation is very simple when you get down to it. Israel stops the settlements, pulls back to the 1967 border and peace will happen. Palestine can be. And the world has peace.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  154. Donna Rogers

    I am so very proud of President Obama. I totally trust him in his efforts to bring about peace in the world. If he should fall short, at least he tried in an honest, open-minded, peaceful way. War, killing and destruction does not work. I will pray that the goals he has set for himself, America and the world will come to pass. Arrogance, blame and finger pointing do not work. I believe honesty, looking at our part, and bringing people together to look for a peaceful solution is the only way, no matter how long it takes.


    June 4, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  155. Gary Hughes

    Classy, compassionate, understanding, forceful, a breath o0f fresh new ideas with an assertion that the US has turned a corner in US/Islamic idealogy. My president extended the hand of peace to both Islam and to Isreal.and sugessted that instead of hatred, both parties need to seek a path where they can live side by side in peace and prosperity.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  156. VALERIE

    We stand before GREATNESS. President OBAMA has once again amazed all of us with his deep hearted words and great respect for ALL people. And it's not just words that he speaks– but his actions that he has shown americans, tells me that he will follow through with what he is striving for– PEACE AND RESPECT FOR ALL.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  157. Jenna

    BUT still i thank the president for telling the world it needs action than words and i hope he doesn't take diffferent religions like normal segregation or hate today as it's really bigger than that but i hope good comes out so thanks for bringing out the truth

    June 4, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  158. Archangel63

    President Obama said what most of us would have said in his shoes. He definitely has a lot of confidence in the Arab peoples in asking for interfaith talks. In addition, by mentioning the rights of both Israel and Palestine to exist, extreme Arab states will be hard-pressed not to generate ideas in the aftermath of this speech.
    Now let's see if the Middle East's two most dangerous rivals buy into what our leader believes, and are willing to share the love- and the land.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  159. maher zeitohn

    from day one, when we elected Obama I knew that he is going to bring the world together, I am a muslim American, and I am so proud of been an American for first time in my life. Obama you are our only hope to take us to the change... may God bless you

    June 4, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  160. Amr Nayel

    Mr. Obama was remarkably sincere and honest, the effect of this speach will resonate in the Muslim world for generations, he already made friends and fans with the Arabs and muslim as being the first American president to cross the dirty waters towards what is right to all people not just what is politically correct in the US, in that he is truly is a warrior and the ever loved leader of the people of the world. This speach should be taught in our schools.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  161. Ghadeer Kenawi

    I'm an American Egyptian Muslim.The most important point that the president rose up in that speech is the Israeli Palestine situation.
    Unfortunately ,the Islamic world doesn't believe in the existance of Israel,because the deeply belive that Quraan said that God (Allah)
    is mad at Jewish and they dont have the right to exist.Muslims wanted to hear that US preseident in their side .Mean while ,he also rose a dengarous point about ending the resettling in WestBank.I think a nother war will start now between Israel and Palistenian.
    This is not my own opinion ,but this is only a reflection of what I know about how Muslims think all over the world.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  162. John C.

    Name any former president that would have been able to deliver a speech to a predominately Muslim audience in Cairo? The fact that President Obama went to the region speaks volumes as to his influence within the international community.

    John C., San Diego, CA

    June 4, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  163. Edwin Hacker

    I think President Obama show great respect to the muslim world and as a African American who practice Islam its a great thing!

    June 4, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  164. Lloyd Reeves

    Even though I did not vote for the president, I truly believe his speech was great and he hit the nail on the head as to what is needed to help heal the world as a whole and bring us all together. At least this is the right start. The rest is up to us and our other elected officials and follow this lead.

    This is NOT about politics or religious beliefs, it is about the healing of this world and not allowing radicals to control us.

    My thanks to President Obama for taking this step and challenge to the world and especially to the young people of the world.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  165. Ruzon

    We all are proud of the leadership we have in the White House Today. It was good to listen American Muslims to be interviewed by Tony- CNN Newsroom minutes ago. Now I would like to listen the other side of the espectrum, Israel view and others. Peace!!!

    June 4, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  166. Darrell Austin, Texas

    We are all sheep! WAKE UP!!!! Obama is a slick talker with charisma. He is the front man for the NEW WORLD ORDER!!! His strings are being pulled by Big Banks!!!! Martial law is coming, will you be prepaird or will you continue to be wowed??? Google "The Obama Deception"!!! I'm afraid for us all....

    June 4, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  167. rosie

    I wish with all my heart that everyone in the world would listen to his speech. Presdent Obama is the prophet of our time. He is truly a loving, kind and genuine person, and when he leaves office, the world will be in a much better place. I love him.
    (I am a 60+ white woman.)

    June 4, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  168. Nazish Khaliq

    Great message delivered..I hope and pray that the message sinks into everyone's heart including those in SWAT, Pakistan who do nothing but bring shame to their nation and their religion. I am a proud American muslim today..
    Peace for all.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  169. Ram Gakar

    The efforts on the part of the President are both commendable and courteous ,but the everyday sermon in the lives of the contemporary followers of the Islam very clearly states that any body and every body who does not endorse the principles of the Islam is an infidel,therefore what does the honorable President has to propose on this fact ?

    June 4, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  170. antoinette crowne

    Wonderful speech, it was clear, honest and respectful. It speaks the mind as well as the heart of all reasonable/intelligent people Israelis and Arabs alike. Obama's talent is in the respect he shows his audience, and how he communicates and shares his reasoning process unthreateningly and with amazing clarity, he projects fairness, trust and seriousness about the important issues we are facing and how ultimately it is all up to us together to make our world and future better and safer.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  171. Laura B

    President Obama's hope for humanity is inspiring and contagious. After that brilliant speech, anyone who opposes his vision of peace and prosperity for all will be seriously pressured to get on board.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  172. Losene Kamara

    Muslims and Arabs must accept the right of Israel to exist and Israel must accept the right of the Palestinians to a state.This was the most touching of everything Pre.Obama said. The cycle of violence in the the Middle East is largely centered around these two factors.I strongly challenge the Obama admistration to play a distinct and disinterested role in its effort to bring about a solution to the Palestinian/Israeli conflict,a source of bad relationship between the Muslim world and the U.S.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  173. martin

    Why, for heavens sake, would we want to extend any dialogue with people (radical muslims) who endorse the destruction of Israel, who bomb school buses, who killed 3000 people on 9-11-01, who continuously perpetrate terrorist acts on Israelis, US troops....shall I go on? Would we have endorsed a dialogue with Hitler as well? (Obama probably would have done so.) These radicals are bent on the destruction of Israel and the world domination by their religion. They live by the sword and they are willing to die by the sword. Also, Obama's assertion that we are a muslim nation is absurd (he gragged about 1200 + mosques in the US); this country was founded on Judeo-Christian values. How many Christian churches are permitted in the middle east? Not 1200 I bet.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  174. Francis Gyan (Austin Tx)

    l think president Obama hit the nail right there that despotic leaders including Egyptian president should endeavor to expand the frontiers of democracy and not when they are out of power.Secondly Obama also acknowledges that the era where poeple perpetrated acts of violence and extremism in the name of islam was over.He is indeed a unifier.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  175. Bruce

    As a Jewish American who has worked in the Arab states to Indonesia and Malaysia for over 8 years, I say "finally" someone is giving voice to the thoughts of most people I know versus the posturing of most politicians.

    There are many people who discount the speech saying actions are louder than words. This may be true, but words matter. Words inspire, motivate and direct action. I have been online with many of my Muslim friends and Jewish friends this morning. Although many picked at specific issues that bothered them they were unanimous in support of President Obama's willingness to go out on a limb and start what we all hope is a healthier and more productive dialogue that will improve all of our lives.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  176. Jeannie

    Regarding the settlements, we have been funding Israel for years and they have promised over and over again to end occupation and settlement building. Maybe its time to end aid to them if they do not dismantle the settlements. They are blocking the WAY to peace.
    Thank you!

    June 4, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  177. Patsy Williams




    June 4, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  178. Cheryl Fritz

    I have just listened to Mr. Pence discussing his view of President Obama's speech. Is this man for real? Does he not realize that we as Americans are at risk in this "new world"? His arrogance nearly overshadows his ignorance when it comes to diplomacy. I have always supported the state of Israel. And I believe we will have a Palestinian state at some point in the not too distant future. However, criticizing our President for making the important steps to reach out to 1.2 billion people who "aren't like us" is foolish, short-sighted and dangerous.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  179. Ruz

    We all are proud of the leadership we have in the White House Today. It was good to listen American Muslims to be interviewed by Tony- CNN Newsroom minutes ago. Now I would like to listen the other side of the espectrum, Israel view and others. Peace!!!

    June 4, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  180. Henry Sprance

    Personally, I am sick and tired of Mr. Obama apologizing for the USA. If an apology is needed it is from the Muslim world for not reining in the extremists and terrorist on their own. Some how we rarely if ever hear any outrage from the "majority" of Muslims. Mr. Obama's apologies will only embolden our enemies and make the US less safe.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  181. Carolyn Quirke

    President Obama is right on target in his speech today. I lived and worked in the West Bank (Occupied Territories) four years. I stayed in the homes in various refugee camps, Palestinian Christian homes, as well as a Muslim Village outside Bethlehem. These people are being forced by Israel to live in a way animals should not have to live. They have very little freedom, even to work for food. So many of the men are detained in prisons, tortured, told they are nothing but "cockroachs". Their education is sufferring due to IDF closing the schools for no reason. The Palestinian people are very intelligent and want to get an education. I tutored many of the Bethlehem University students, and watched them come from home to find the University closed by IDF. Palestinian's are harrassed by the IDF and they are just daring them to retaliate. The main jobs they get is to work as cheap laborers on the illegal settlements. I've seen how hard they work everyday, then not even get paid, or have to wait a long time to get pay.
    At night, the soldiers come into the villages to raid homes, blow up homes, announcing to all of us that if we leave our homes we will be shot. Settlers take their guns into refugee camps at night and shoot at the water tanks, car tires, windows, etc. and I was in the village just below with a family. We just had to sit there, hoping they didn't come down the hill to the Village. Settlers massacred Mulims in another village, standing in wait until the Muslims came out of the village mosk from prayer. I visited some of the survivors at a hospital where a Christian friends brother was a doctor. I worked in a hospital with students who were getting help before going home. They had been shot in the back or head by soldiers which left the young people quadraplegic, paraplegic, or hemiplegic. I've gone with Jewish women to moniter CNN reporting on the soldiers stopping Palestinians from entering the mosk for their Holy Day.
    I can only hope that CNN and others will start exposing the apartied being committed by the Israelis. Americans keep believing lies.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  182. DC

    Personally, I would agree that the speech lacked a substantive push on the Israeli settlement issue. At the same time, however, I believe it requires context upon how little time President Obama has spent in office.

    My suggestion would be that we must set an ultimatum for our Israeli friends. I believe we must first permit the Israeli people a last opportunity to fall into line on their own, and then (if they cannot embrace the necessary changes) to threaten the withholding of American financial support of Israel if they don't immediately end construction of settlements, and move to create new living opportunities for those individuals to be displaced as they prepare to vacate the settlements.

    This would show a true "concrete" resolution from the United States that the Arab world continues to push for. I would also argue, however, that we will never abandon our Israeli friends, but that we must exercise the power of the purse if our friends cannot work with us.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  183. Courtney

    Rep. Mike Pence (R) Indiana speaks of things he knows not. Clearly he is not even an ounce as educated as our fine President.

    Firstly, Israel may be an ally, but clearly that has not worked out so well for not just us, but the world as a whole. Sure we cherish our relationships with allies, but not all of America stands with Israel. And Israel has had a LONG list of wrongdoings in International Laws, not just the Palestinians. It is time that someone has made mention of that.

    Secondly, this was perhaps one of the most poignant speeches in the history of American Presidents. Sure, it did not have the specifics it could have, but as Reporter Weiderman mentioned, it could take him the rest of his term to speak on just ONE issue. He covered so many topics with respect for all of mankind. He did not choose sides as past presidents have, he spoke of morals and gave an UNBIASED approach rather than one that is narrow-minded, as our country is often accused (an example of one such offender might be the aforementioned Rep. Pence) . Our President made an incredible first step towards peace, and for that I commend him.

    That said, why doesn't the American public follow our President. Why should he be expected to do the ENTIRE job? That's ludicrous. It is not solely his responsibility to create the foundations for world peace. We have to stand with him. And after this speech, I must say I'm totally and completely with him.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  184. Sonny R

    One of the things I find with the pundits, they can always find fault with whatever the president says. If he says "GOOD MORNING", it's wrong. When will we stop trying to show our almighty strength as George Bush did and try to show we are compassionate? Like us, we do not know all the Muslim people and their ways or thoughts. We need to start a dialogue

    June 4, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  185. Amir Matta

    i personally think president Obama's speech was impressive and moving but the problem lies within those people leading these wars. Those leaders have anger and hatred within them. I believe they want chaos and revenge. They do not want peace or change.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  186. Vincent Church Sr.

    President Obama's speech was a good start for peace. I like how he bought up the subject about Black people and slavery and how the Black people have moved on. We as a world have had bad things done to us in the pass, and now we need to move on. Peace can only make all of our lives better. We all should look for a "New Beginning".

    June 4, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  187. Sandra in Texas

    I got up this morning at 5:00 o'clock our time to listen to his speech. That is one thing I have not done in at least 10 years. The speech was excellent and I am so proud of our President.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  188. Patsy Williams


    June 4, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  189. ralph parons

    One of the best speeches I've ever heard, honest, intelligent, open.
    That's what makes it different, honesty behind the words.
    Only the near future will show how the U.S will be able to remain involved politically active on international field, while domestic problems of falling economy will rise till ( who knows when)
    Simply said " For how long will you help to feed the children on the street, when your own fridge is running empty".

    June 4, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  190. Gloria Allison

    Impressed isn't a strong enough word about what I've heard so far of Obama's speech in Egypt. For the first time we seem to be trying to give the Palestinian's the support that we have given Israel for decades. Everything I heard was so balanced... asking each to do what they could to bring about peace through non-violence not war! That would include letting the Palestinians have an open & peaceful place to live & work. They in turn need to respect the Israeli's rights to the same things.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  191. Mica Caudle

    I thought it was beautiful. The one thing that I would like to comment on is the people that need more details as far as what Obama is going to do for them. How is he going to do what, should not really be the question. It is each and every one of ourselves responsibility to create the life in which we want to pass on to our children. One part of what I loved about the speech was to attest to exactly that....stop waiting for a magic end the violence, the discrimination, the pain and suffering, both mentally and physically, that religious righteousness has created in the past. STOP IT!

    June 4, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  192. nivlaC

    The president's speech was monumental, i commend America. It is somewhat ironic that we christians have totally forgotten the tiranny that our own religion has had on this world.christopher columbus is celebrated , a holiday was dedicated ti him. he who came to the carribean to "christianize" the pagans by extinguishing the arawaks in jamaica and the incas and the mayas. this christianity who's founder said himself that he was come to make us one. this christianity that calls for its followers to love not only your friends but especially your enemies. we aregue about the bailouts,but spend millions i mean billions...sorry trillions on wars. I urge christians who are in tune with the word to tell another, jesus said other sheep have i who are not of this fold. that is to include protestants jews and muslims alike , that is , if the christianity you beleive in has anything to do with the christ.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  193. Mary Mtl Ca.

    Now it's time for Israeli to eat it... The world have enough of your lies about expansion , your arms grabbing everything from others.. enough is enough, glad that finlay a light appear at the end of the tunnel

    June 4, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  194. Victor


    We shouldn't let a few thousand settlers get in the way of peace. Settle somewhere else then a dusty dry desert. The world is big. Move and have peace.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  195. damien brown

    I am very proud to have a president of President Obama's caliber! It's wonderful that he takes the initiative to to extend a welcoming hand in peace and trying to strengthen the relations between America and the Muslim communities. What's interesting to me really is that since 9/11 muslims as a whole have been getting a bad wrap, being seen as terrorist, extremist and people of hate. Not once have i heard anyone speak up and say that all Muslims should not be catagorized because of the actions of people who may only share the same religion but not the same morals nor principles. If people, Americans in particular want to judge a whole religion and culture based on a few bad seeds let us take a look at ourselves with nearly every serial killer in our history being white, cathlolic preist molestation scandals, domestic terrorism, school shootings and a dark past of what African Americans have went through in this country thanks to some white it fair to assess that "ALL" white americans or all Christians are these types of people, " ABSOLUTELY NOT!" So lets try to only cast stones at those in which deserve it. Thanx!

    June 4, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  196. Faiza A.

    I am very much impressed by President Obama's speech. His words were clear and based on logic and sensitivity. His proposal of two independent states for Israel and Palestine is the appropriate solution for the ongoing hostile conflict between Israel and Palestinians. I am praying that his proposal will actually turn out to be a reality and will not just be forgotten as the time goes on. And hoping that President Obama will finish this conflict during his presidency.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:41 pm |
  197. Georgia Nicolaou

    Believe President Obama, although brought up the violent reactions of Palestinians to the Israelites continuing occupation of their lands, it was obvious he held back telling it as it is when it came to the Israelites and their attacks on Palestinians. All in all, President Obama is a great leader and a blessing to America and the world. May God grant him the wisdom and compassion to lead our great nation to prosperity in a more peaceful world.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:42 pm |
  198. leonard johnston

    We keep hearing about these "muslim contributions" to America and our debt to Islam. We never see these contributions specifically stated, I can only think of the MARINE CORP and regular people that go to jobs provided by creative, free thinking entreprenuers.

    Does the threat of terror make our leaders manufacture credit to Islam without stating exactly what Islam contributed to America, or even to Islamic countries? Israelis are right, the President has given credibility to Arab lies.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:43 pm |
  199. Teriss on Twitter

    What is wrong with the Peace Speech in Cairo from President Obama is that we have lost the idea of peace as a resolution to conflict and our trigger finger have embraced war as the only resolution. I thought Obama's speech was the beginning of the road back to Peace in the world., any one who knocks this -still has a gun in their hand.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:44 pm |
  200. Justin

    Not all Americans share His views. Some Americans believe that the land from the Nile to the Euphrates belongs to Israel as promised by God in the Bible. Also, the fact that Islamists are applauding an American President shows signs of Red flags because they refer to America as the Big Satan.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:44 pm |
  201. Mike in Guatemala

    I really enjoy your show.

    Am I wrong or did President Obama modify the quote from the Bible," Blessed be the peacemakers for they shall be known as the children of God" (WHICH INCLUDES WOMEN) to ," Blessed be the peacemakers for they shall be known as the SONS of God" (WHICH EXCLUDES WOMEN? I remember it from Catholic school as saying "...CHILDREN of God."

    If so, I find it contradictory with his other remarks about the need for equality for women in Muslim society.

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    June 4, 2009 at 12:44 pm |
  202. Ingrid Gilmour

    A magnanimous and inspiring message of peace and progress, resonating with the majority of people throughout the world who have been denied basic human rights by tyrannical regimes, (apartheid) religious wars, poverty and corruption. His emphasis on the fact that VIOLENCE IS A DEAD END.

    His message inspires people of all religions, Muslims in particular to stand up and fight for PEACE and TOLERANCE in their daily lives. Inspires the concept the power of one – each of us can do our part every day. Those who do not believe and embrace this message were clearly alienated.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:44 pm |
  203. Chris

    Well writen speech and excellent delivery by President Obama.! Hopefully this can be a first step towards real change.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:45 pm |
  204. Kevin

    How naive is Obama. The audience he addressed is not the ones who wants to kill Americans. He pretty much stated, as he has demonstrated with N. Korea & Iraq, that we are now a nation that is unwilling to fight back to defend ourselves. We now only have words and no action. Also, we have only one true ally in the region, Israel, and he threw them to the wolves.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:45 pm |
  205. Maria

    We have to give our president credit for trying but feel he sold the Palestinian short.
    These people deserve to be heard after the last Gaza war. The illegal Jewish settlements should be abandoned.
    We need peace in this region, for both sides.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:46 pm |
  206. Michael

    I thought his speech was brilliant, and much needed. The only caveat I can see is that the "3 great religions" is incomplete, and his failure to address Hindus and Buddhists does not help to address tensions between Nuslims and Hindus in Kashmir, Pakistan, and India.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:47 pm |
  207. david

    Criticism that we reach out to Iran rather than threaten this country seems so very short sighted. What good are threats if you can't follow through? Are we to beat our chests and invade Iran and North Korea, or look really foolish by trying to blow smoke up their {butts?}

    June 4, 2009 at 12:47 pm |
  208. Toan

    You said that Mr. Bush had the same ideas when he gave his speech to the Muslims and was not well received. Everyone looks at Mr. Bush's public policy to the Muslim at home as well as foreign policy to Muslim world; it was different. That is why he was perceived as not as sincere.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:47 pm |
  209. delia balqis

    If you always do what you've always done, you will always get what you always got! Prseident Obama's speech bring a fresh and positive approach to an old conflict between Islam and America. As a Muslim, as a Palestinian and as an American I was pleased by his recognition of Islams positive contrubutions to the world, we all yearn for respect and understanding and i believe this was the 1st step to a better future.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:48 pm |
  210. Kyle

    Obama can give a great speech but he needs to silence the Israeli lobbyists in the US government. I'm tired of American politicians preaching that Israel is our biggest ally and can do no evil. The only reason they make these outrageous claims is because the Israeli donors are paying their bills.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:48 pm |
  211. Bennett

    Obama said we should say in public what is said in private. What is said in private is that Islam teaches the laws of Jihad and Jihad is an important facet of Islam. It is the issue of how rules of Jihad are interpreted, taught and applied in real life that is the basis of the conflict in every area of the world where forces allied to Islam battle against other forces. Yet the President did not mention Jihad throughout his speech; he did not call for a thoughtful interpretation or re-interpretation of this concept; he did not touch the root cause of the Islamic Non-islamic divide.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:49 pm |
  212. luz

    I just wanted tosay that I loved the speech that Pres. Obama gave today. He said exactly what I feel, we need to work together against extremists. We are more alike than our differences. Hope is what we have for this world that we inhabit for such a little time. Bless him he is a man sent to us at the right time.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:50 pm |
  213. Renonia

    I think President Obama is doing the best job that any President could possibly do. He has from day one put forth excellent plans and many have already worked.

    Today, he put his life on the line to try and bring all people together as it should be and all that is lacking is participation. That is a word the people that are fighting him in this country don't want to put into practice because it will mean success for him.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:50 pm |
  214. dd

    I think it 's a wonderfully effective speech regardless of what the president was trying to capture in a deeper sense or in a general sense. Of course no one first time act would cover the mind, the issues or the matters in everyone's opinion in the whole wide world scope. But it does have a very positive effect to our mind, it unites us all , it inspires us all that we, every single person on earth, all should wake up to this message and start doing something about it.


    June 4, 2009 at 12:51 pm |
  215. Gary Cicotte

    Once again President Obama proved he is a good speaker. I think it is wishfull thinking. For thousands of years the Muslims have believed their religion is the only true religion and the radical muslims do not believe members of any other faith have the right to live on the face of the earth. There will always be tension between the Middle East the the rest of the world as there will always be conflicts between themselves. We can only wish for peace as others have done so for thousands of years.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:52 pm |
  216. Barbara

    Tony, I am a big fan of yours, but please back off Obama! It is really hurting your credibility!! Especially when you actually attack him on the issue of Islam.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:52 pm |
  217. Renny

    Great speech didn't expect anything less from President Obama i serve in the United States Army and I'm so proud of President Obama and so is the Army. We work really hard and train even harder. He is a great example of leadership and i strive to be just like him in so many way. Its amazing how a man can move millions of people around the world to better themselves and the world. WOULD IT BE ASKING TO MUCH? if you can ask your producers to tell Paula Hancocks(CNN British Reporter) to address President Obama as such, and not as Mr.Obama she said it more than once…….then she followed it by a comment by someone from Israel calling him Hassan Obama? did she get that on camera or did she interject that herself since she had no respect for him. I fight and defend this Country so we have the right to freedom of press,but he is our President now. “Don’t pray for a easier life, just start working harder”.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:52 pm |
  218. Meche Nwafor

    I'm proud of President Obama, he has given hope to the alienated Muslim brothers and sisters all over the world. He's made every one beleive that we can all leave together no matter your religion and beleives.
    We (Nigerians) need him to way into the high level of government corruption in My country. We may not have terrorists, but we have corrupt leaders. I see both people as extremists. We need to fight them like we'r currently fighting terrorists.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:53 pm |
  219. 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 12:53 pm |
  220. Andrew Jacob

    Beautiful speech. But, what he said has been said countless times before. He just said it in a nicer tone and fancier way. I think this would have the same effect as the previous speeches. No-effect. The Israelis never complied before. I don't think they would comply this time. But nice try Obama.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:55 pm |
  221. Randolph Mc Guiness

    President Obama must be commended on his sincerity to create peace in the Middle East, however, "serious" pressure must be applied on Israel to stop its violent agression against the Palestinians. The Rev. Desmund Tutu's UN address pointed out the fact that speaking out Israel, a country with one of the world's most horrific human rights record is NOT anti semitic and should not be used as a smoke screen behind which Israel is the tail that wags the dog (USA) and continues expansion. Thank you.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:55 pm |
  222. Gilda Lewis

    The President's speech is a stark contrast to the marching out of the underlings of President Bush in a meeting held in Egypt shortly before 9/11. The insult of the rebuff of the diplomats in walking out of a meeting that was designed to discuss the Mideast because America had to follow the Israelis lead in 2001 in mitigated. Thank God.

    President Obama made a state of the world speech today. It addressed Israel in a new light, something America has avoided.
    The speech addressed the Pakistan's inclusion in to the war on terrorists, and last but not least , it addressed the respect of the nations that are Muslim by the sitting President, in person.

    President Obama is multi-tasking and making the world a better place.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:55 pm |
  223. Mambolo Albarus

    Obama has again showed a great disrespect for Black folks everywhere. For him to be believable; he should start with the truth. He should let the world know that Egypt is in Afrika, not the Middle East. By continuing to deny Egypt is in Afrika he is undermining the contribution of Afrikans to World development, he choses to continue spreading the great white lie that Egypt is in the Middle East, again, it is not, it is in Afrika, it never left. Obama like others before him have no respect for Afrikans, because there is no fear of retribution when it comes to spreading the lies started by the slavemaster’s children in Afrika. Subsequently we are not impressed by him or his speech.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:56 pm |
  224. betty

    I don't want the commentary before I get the speech. You say that Pres. Obama speaks directly to the muslim world. But not to America. Instead we have Tony breaking in to ask–prematurely–for reaction, interpretations, opinion! Surely TV will soon sink under the weight of superfluous commentary. But why can't we hear the whole speech just once? By the way does CNN count the whole speech at 6 a.m. being the end of their journalistic responsibility? Are you surprised to learn that at 6 a.m. some Americans are asleep and those who aren't don't have the leisure for a 1-hour speech? Somewhere I will find the whole text, but no thanks to CNN for giving me Tony's commentary first and that will become the text for future commentary by some.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:57 pm |

    Of course Obama cannot just go to Cairo and say 'Hi – and lets be friends and forget about all we have done to eachother in the last few decades."
    That is not his intention. But he's clever and intelligent enough to take the first step and approach those who were so utterly condemned by the singleminded, uneducated and stupid conservative party.
    We all all know how hard it is to try and forget and forgive , but isnt it time to break that wall of hatred and ignorance.? We ll never be able to get rid of greed and selfishness – let s not be naive.
    But I am very proud of America's current president and the 50 odd %, who voted for a men who possesses the mental capacity to reuninte and reverse the last 8 years of utter embarrassment and self destruction to this country. I am from Germany, originally and and I am just soooo proud of your president.
    I wish Obama all the best and may he stand by his words and do not turn into one of those typical politicians who are full of..........
    WELL DONE AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 4, 2009 at 12:57 pm |
  226. Fred

    I am an American born Muslim, who served in the US military during the Vietnam war, I was a draftee. The Presidents speech was a breath of fresh air. The man gets to the point. BUT WHY does Israel have the RIGHT to exist??? If that is the official position of the USA then I see why the Muslim world is wary of President Obama. To say Israel has a need to exist would be better. The people of that region (Palestine) had nothing to do with the Jewish problem in the world, especially Europe. But they have been forced to pay for that problem. That being said why not pay the Palestinian people for the land and guarantee the Palestinian people a genuine State of their own. That way the claims for the land would be once and forever settled. After that, the Jewish people should thank the Palestinian people for allowing them a place of their own, as should Europe and especially Germany.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:57 pm |
  227. Noidric Davis

    President Obama gave a very powerful and much needed speech, that I consider to have been productive with a very powerful impact. For all of whom do not agree must understand that in order to bring about peace there must be a starting point. You can not have peace without extending your hand to the enemy. President Obama has placed himself in a position on the world stage to lead by example. For all of the Radical Republicans, if you agree that we need world peace, why not support the President instead of constantly trying to tear him down for own political gain.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:57 pm |
  228. Ed

    If anything, Obama has a golden tongue and is a very eloquent speaker and I think that the Arab and moslem people took especial notice at the choice of venue, Egypt. I believe that President Obama is looking for a repeat of Camp David and Jimmy Carter and I believe that it might work to bring peace to the middle east.
    I think that the US shouldn't push for peace with the Arab world unless the Israelis are prepared to return places like east Jerusalem and the golan heights. A comprehensive peace plan which recognizes Israel's right to exist and a plan which recognizes peace with Israel with its Arab neighbors will be good for all sides. The Israelis won't have to live in fear and the Arabs will be mostly satisfied if their religious (jerusalem) and national aspirations(Syria-Golan Heights) are satisfied.

    June 4, 2009 at 1:00 pm |
  229. Bill Ansley

    Why does everybody thing that the US and Muslims worlds can be good friends and live in peace. In the Muslim world, anybody not a Muslim is a second class citizen and do not have the same rights as Muslims. Most Muslims think that once they are a majority, everybody has to live by Sharia Law. There ideas and beliefs are not even close to the Western worlds. Even Turkey, a secular government, is becoming more and more radicalized. In the Muslim world is against the law to convert to another religion.

    June 4, 2009 at 1:01 pm |
  230. James Jenkins

    Simple minded are those who believe the speech was for terrorist or extremist. Simple is the mind of Rethuglicans, who believe that they can continue to antagonize a bad dog and when bitten can't understand why. I didn't hear the speech in full, but I know Obama wasn't beating his chest because he commands the greatest miilitary on earth. There are 538 senators and representatives how many of their love ones have die as a result of lies and ignorance, answer"0."

    June 4, 2009 at 1:01 pm |
  231. Steve From Ft Lauderdale Fl

    A speach and a cry for help, I believe that when we see Arib/Muslim armed forces standing beside our brave young men fighting thier wacked out extremist brothers around the world it will be a day to get happy. Arib/Muslims should be the one's on the front line between us and thier fanatics.

    June 4, 2009 at 1:02 pm |
  232. Jessica

    To be idealistic is to be courageous. The speech was brilliant.

    In response to those asking for "concrete solutions," the President offered very specific plans and goals in the latter half of the speech, particularly on issue 6, financial concerns.

    I believe this is the first real step towards peace in the middle east.

    June 4, 2009 at 1:02 pm |
  233. J Keefer

    Republican Representative you had on talked about Israel as if all of US adores them. As most republicans, he wrong. Just because his church tells him to love Jews, does not mean Israel is immune to reprimand for failures in judgment. How much human rights violations will Israel perform before they are held responsible?

    June 4, 2009 at 1:02 pm |
  234. Rob Sayles

    I am a Christian living in the United States, and today I am proud of my President. I agree with those who understand that it was a great speech, and it was well delivered even though it wasn't "detailed" enough for some. I think with regard to global peace and security we have to start somewhere and this speech hit the mark dead on. I pray to my God that this speech becomes a catalyst for an era of tolerance and understanding for each and everyone of us regardless of location or belief system.

    June 4, 2009 at 1:02 pm |
  235. Annie Pepin

    While still enduring the aftermath, from the lack of integrity in our country over the past eight years, it was uplifting to here Pres. Obama speak from a place of "The Truth", not just his own version of it. I felt proud to be an American again !

    June 4, 2009 at 1:04 pm |
  236. Hassan

    As an American-Muslim, I am very proud of President Obama. Considering the fact that he has the economic crisis and 2 wars to deal with, the fact that he took time out to make this speach and take this giant step in mending relations between the U.S and Islamic world is a credit to his ability to keep bringing change to not just america but the world. However, as a muslim i also feel that it is time we muslims allow our moderate voices to be heard and stand with president obama as well as our christian, jewish, hindu, buddhist brothers. people like Osama bin laden, al-qaeda, and taliban are not the voice for muslims, they never will be. they have damaged the face of islam and have killed thousands of muslims around the world. the media needs to do their part by interviewing moderate clerics and putting the spotlight on the billions of muslims who want peace and tranquility. America has been a wonderful place for the millions of muslims who live here, we have been allowed to practice our religion peacefully and openly while being allowed the opportunity to get an education, pursue sucessful careers, and raise our families safely.

    June 4, 2009 at 1:05 pm |
  237. Renny

    Great speech didn’t expect anything less from President Obama i serve in the United States Army and I’m so proud of President Obama and so is the Army. We work really hard and train even harder. He is a great example of leadership and i strive to be just like him in so many way. Its amazing how a man can move millions of people around the world to better themselves and the world. WOULD IT BE ASKING TO MUCH? if you can ask your producers to tell Paula Hancocks(CNN British Reporter) to address President Obama as such, and not as Mr.Obama she said it more than once…….then she followed it by a comment by someone from Israel calling him Hassan Obama? did she get that on camera or did she interject that herself since she had no respect for him. I fight and defend this Country so we have the right to freedom of press,but he is our President now. “Don’t pray for a easier life, just start working harder”.

    June 4, 2009 at 1:09 pm |
  238. Madge Whitehead

    I loved President Obama's speech! He has the unique ability to present both sides of the people in confrontation all over the world; and to help all of us better understand the situation. Normally, unless the average person does an indepth study of a situation, they have a biased view based on their religious faith, racial prejudice or political propaganda. I understood so much better both sides of the Isreal-Palestinian problem, the problems in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq; and I am just an average American citizen. Obama makes us feel that for the first time there is hope for the world. He also touched on a subject we Americans need to think about: respecting each other's religious beliefs right here in America. He gave us all a lot of food for thought and renews our pride in being Americans.

    June 4, 2009 at 1:11 pm |
  239. José F. Colón

    As a citizen of the United States, and the World, I am seeing what I always thought should be done. Previous intents have ocurred, like peace treaties signed in #1600 Pensylvannia Avenue.

    President Obama is facing the World with a new approach. With self-respect, knowledgeable of his duties as the President of the USA, this time reaching out face-face in Cairo, one of the oldest cities of the Mideast. He has been sharp, aggresive in the search for peace on the region, and for so, to the World.

    June 4, 2009 at 1:12 pm |
  240. RJ

    If we gave as much in money and resources to the Arab world as we do the tiny state of Israel, they wouldnt hate us so much! We give Israel over $1,000,000 a day in assistance. I understand that what happened to Jews back in WWII was wrong but people have been wronged all over the world! Did we go and liberate the Irish from the British after hundreds of years of domination in every aspect????, no we did not! Did we go and liberate Cambodia after Pol Pot murdered well over 20 million people????, No we did not! Did we liberate the Russian people after Stalin killed as many as 50 million?????, No we did not so why do we keep holding the hand of a state who eccentially holds the Palatinian state hostage both economic and socially????? Did we kick these tyrannts out of their country and give it to someone else, No we have not! Isnt the rest of the world just as important as Israel is???? Now we understand a little better of the Muslim Plight and what we havent done to help them!

    June 4, 2009 at 1:14 pm |
  241. José F. Colón

    As a citizen of the United States, and the World, I am seeing what I always thought should be done. Previous intents have ocurred, like peace treaties signed in #1600 Pensylvannia Avenue.

    President Obama is facing the World with a new approach. With self-respect, knowledgeable of his duties as the President of the USA, this time reaching out face-face in Cairo, one of the oldest cities of the Mideast. He has been sharp, aggresive in the search for peace on the region, and for so, for the World.

    June 4, 2009 at 1:16 pm |
  242. Joe

    The policy that you are pursuing concerning Israel
    is very dangerous. Your staff writers may be good with
    quotes from various religions but they lack understanding
    of what they are writing for you. It may sound good
    but it only benefits the people who are sworn to put
    Israel out of existance. If we bless Israel, God is oath
    bound to bless this country, otherwise we will be cursed more
    than we are now. I believe you are in error because you do not
    know the scriptures nor the power of God.
    Reconsider what you are doing and know this "if the Arabs
    lay down their arms there will be peace in the world, if
    Israel lays down her arms there will be no Israel"
    Remember the Arab nations hate us almost as bad as they
    do Israel.
    Israel is our strongest ally in the battle against terrorism.
    The people that are afraid of terrorism now, will really fear
    the wrath of God.
    We supported you in the past but this is a policy that we
    can not support.

    A Vietnam vet and family

    June 4, 2009 at 1:17 pm |
  243. Aneesa

    Mr. President Obama delivered a great speech that I really admire. I always believe in the greatness of both America and Americans. The most effective part was about the history of the Muslim civilization. This is the point that I always mention to Americans, but they do not believe me. They think that we are less civilized. However, the truth is not. This speech reflected our consciousness, education, and civilization.
    I love Americans and hope the majority understand who we are regardless the Arabs and Muslim economic and political crisis.

    June 4, 2009 at 1:17 pm |
  244. Renny

    FINALLY WE HAVE REAL LEADERSHIP IN THE WHITE HOUSE, 44 Echo 354th Transportation battalion/77th Brigade "lead the way" im so proud of my Commander in Chief. Great job Mr. President.

    June 4, 2009 at 1:17 pm |
  245. David

    I totally understand that everyone will not like nor agree with the President, but for "Americans" to speak in a negative manner about this speech just baffles me! I'm a Democrat, but I see myself being an American first. I'm ALWAYS in the middle and what I am witnessing is "our" leader literally doing what he said he would do, which is going in a (come on say it with me) "NEW DIRECTION."

    I overheard some FOX news guy say "Obama is still apologizing." And others are saying that he was too general and that he doesn't have a plan. This is the equivelant of "blowing smoke" or just saying what people want to hear. I do not see this from this man. This President says what's on "his" mind and displays how "he" feels about our relationship with other countries and religions.

    I find it funny that Americans were so gunho when we attacked the "wrong" place, but now we have a leader who is trying to rebuild that bridge and preach peace between our nation and all others; and we say that he's "apologizing?" Because apologizing for killing the wrong people really matters. You don't have to agree, but just like this speech... it is about respect. GOD bless.

    June 4, 2009 at 1:22 pm |
  246. Toan

    CNN Tony Harris said that Mr. Bush gave the same speech, but was not well received. Mr. Bush's speech was not well received due to his public policy to the Muslims at home and his foreign policy to the Muslim countries. He was perceived not being sincere. That is a different between Mr. Bush n Mr. Obama.

    June 4, 2009 at 1:25 pm |
  247. Thatch

    To live to see the US take on a new religion; Ghastly. The new American Islamic empire....

    Perhaps a tad over the top, but, it certainly has to be taken in the context which Obama has delivered it. Obama could never have given that kind of a religiously partisan speech about, say, Baptists, or Catholics. But, to our horror, Obama has adopted the Islamic religion instead, in a lame effort to prove to the islamic world he's "one of them".

    The real news is that Obama has adopted the exact policy of his predecessors, Clinton and Bush. The advocacy of the two state solution certainly isn't ground breaking, but, his pandered explanation of heightened perceptive empathy for the situation certainly is. As with all of the Obama marketing, he's the "only one" to "get it". Hardly, folks. His policly doesn't significantly change anything. I saw no actual policy definition, or change in policy defined in the speech that would allude to any redistribution of monetary aid, military equipment sale suspention, etc.

    Lots of rhetoric though. Talk talk talk..... no plan, no actionable policy. What a collosal waste of time and energy spent on this speech.

    June 4, 2009 at 1:31 pm |
  248. AMMAR


    THANK YOU !!!!!!!!

    June 4, 2009 at 1:33 pm |

    The best speech delivered by a U.S. President in a long time.

    June 4, 2009 at 1:38 pm |
  250. Sajjad

    Its a first step towards the right direction.
    Thank you America!

    June 4, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
  251. Ed Bliss

    A watershed moment. Likely to have more positive influence on world events than any other speech of this era.

    But.... Why did CNN constantly interrupt this marvelous presentation with commentary? I can understand why there must be interruptions for commercials–after all, there are bills to be paid–but it's insane to interrupt a speech like this with commentary. The President was doing a great job–he didn't need a commentator to explain what he was saying!

    Perhaps those on the East coast got the speech in its entirety, but what we got was maddening interruptions. When will be speech be available in full?


    June 4, 2009 at 2:05 pm |
  252. Joe

    The speech was excellent! We finally have a President who is a peacemaker. A man who's not afraid to show a little humility. We teach our children to apologize when appropriate, the same goes for Countries. It is not a sign of weakness. It is, in fact, a sign of greatness when a Superpower apologizes. As for Israel, they are not our friend. What they are doing to Palestine is criminal!! Israel owes us bigtime. It's time for them to abandon the settlements and get out of Palestine. We have leverage in Congress. That's if AIPAC will stop with the envelopes!

    June 4, 2009 at 2:07 pm |
  253. Maish Goretsky

    Rhetoric and Presentation – A+

    Feel President is more concerned with entire world's welfare than that of our country. Simplistic and overly beneficent view of Islam. Promises of immense financial support from U.S. to corrupt governments is naive, worthless and unrealistic. I am NOT optimistic about next 4 years, but respect his dreams.

    June 4, 2009 at 2:11 pm |
  254. John Wester


    I heard a voice today that gave
    Me hope I’d see tomorrow;
    I heard a speech that hoped to save
    The world from future sorrow.
    But then again, the greed of men
    May hold us from what could have been.

    June 4, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
  255. Mohammed


    I thought the comment Mike Pence made at your show eralier is a silly and stupid idea...For him to question the motive of the USA president show the low level Mike and his republican friend recached..

    I think many Republican are so angry that a black president like Obama can go to the middle east and try to fix the Damage bush did the past 8 years.

    Telling the Isreali to stop settlement is simliar to asking Hamas to stop launching rockets... That`s why the president asking the isreali to do inorder for them to even live in peace..

    What an Ignorant

    June 4, 2009 at 2:27 pm |
  256. ines maxwell

    as a muslim and an asian who has watched the israeli-palestinian conflict very much of her life, i see this as a glimmer of hope for peace in the middle east. it is very important that muslims and non-muslims understand the actual meaning of the word jihad which literally means "a struggle", "a striving" or "a great effort" and it actually refers to the struggle of the soul to overcome sinful obstacles that keep a person from God. The definition of jihad has long been manipulated by militants and extrimists to give religious sanction to what are in actuality social and political agendas. and despite the common perception with the non-muslims especially those in the West, majority of the muslims in the world condemned the attacks of September 11. they may share Osama's grievances against the western powers but they definitely do not share his interpretation of jihad.
    and as for the relationship between muslims and the jews and the christians, i quote the Quran: "We believe in God, and in that which has been revealed to us, which is that which was revealed to Abraham and Ismail and Jacob and the tribes (of Israel), as well as that which the Lord revealed to Moses and Jesus and to all the other Prophets. We make no distinction between any of them; we submit ourselves to God." (3:84). there are so many similarities that bind the three faiths of Abraham together, more than we would ever know. and it is such a tragedy that after so many years, the similarities shared between jews and muslims could not help in overcoming the sometimes petty yet often binding ideological and now political differences to be able to live together in peace.

    June 4, 2009 at 2:30 pm |
  257. T.L.

    Hmmm wondering where all my comments went to!
    I do not agree with Obama. To the enemies we will never win them over. Obama spends more of his time talking about islam and muslims. Muslims are not the only Americans in this country and islam is not the only religion. For someone who says hes a christian, he spends less time talking about christianity as he does islam.
    Hes handing America over on a golden plate to our enemies. Do you think the extremists are going to be won over by his speeches? It doesnt matter if he wins over the American people or not, if Extremists dont stop bombing and beheading other people as well as their own, its not going to make a peaceful world.

    June 4, 2009 at 2:33 pm |
  258. Gary

    To CNN: What is it with the new title of "Muslim-Americans"? Where do we go next with the -Americans? Are we all going to be defined as -Americans in the future. Will we now be called Catholic-Americans, Buddhist-Americans, Atheist-Americans, Lutheran-Americans, because CNN chooses to call people Muslim-Americans? What next, Blond-Americans, Left Handed-Americans?
    CNN should be smart enough to know that all classifications work toward driving people farther apart, as opposed to unifying them. Let us stop giving people a reason to dislike someone even prior to meeting them, by giving them a label which has nothing to do with the individual, but only highlights their religion, country of origin, or continent of origin. (As in African-American)

    June 4, 2009 at 2:44 pm |
  259. Mr. L.

    The fact that CNN is leading its web page with the death of an actor, while the President of the United States is making an historic speech to the Muslim world, speaks volumes about the news organization's editorial sensibilities, standards, and what it thinks of its audience. And, that's, sadly, not much.

    June 4, 2009 at 2:50 pm |
  260. Ross

    The speech was not "only" rhetoric: new material includes stating that the Israeli settlements in the West Bank are not "legitimate," referring twice to the Palestinian people as "Palestine," as though already having a state, stating that we were ready to talk with Iran "without preconditions" (does this drop the precondition of their ceasing to purify uranium?), and confronting the Arab world with a good formulation of what civil liberties, justice for women, and democracy demand. He made known what we seek to change and what those who detest us must change. She showed respect for and knowledge of Islam and the Qu'ran. Under economic development he described many new and concrete steps, and gave credit to initiatives from within the Arab world that most of us knew nothing of.

    Even if "only" rhetoric, this would have been historic, because rhetoric causes walls to crash and the earth to shift: whether in the Gettysberg Address, JFK in Berlin, Reagen confronting the Berlin Wall, etc.

    But it was even more historic for being concrete. I guarantees that the detractors are people for whom no address from Obama could have been satisfying...

    June 4, 2009 at 2:53 pm |
  261. David

    I think it is great that Obama is trying to find common ground between the US and the Muslim world, but it will fail if we just assume that it is only the US who has to change its ways. Although Christians and Jews have played a large role in fomenting strife and violence in the past, it is some core Muslim beliefs understood in an extremist interpretation, like Jihad for example, that are primarily responsible for a huge amount of the violence in today's world.
    Obama certainly needs to open the door for dialogue by taking the first step, but he needs to be clear that some reciprocal action must occur on the other side ( which of course is very difficult since there is no equivalent of say a Pope in Islam, and most of those who are seen as Muslim leaders are primarily the extremists). He also needs to make very clear that although religious values are very important to the US and its people, as a State, the US is solidly commited to the separation of Church and State (please listen to that Pat Robertson), and as such it will never be able to agree with any concept that assumes that peoples civil rights are determined by religious principles, because that will fundamentally violate the underlying principle that drives the American view of life, namely that ALL men (and women) are equal and have the right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That is not a principle recognized by Islam.

    June 4, 2009 at 3:47 pm |

    AGAIN, most wonderful speech. I think Obama is the revolution of mankind to take back the common sense of all mankind.
    What is wrong with Iran getting nuclear stuff? I was one back in the 80's that voted for closing all nuclear plants and ending all nuclear production of weapons. Anyone ever realize how much this destroys the enviorment? Look at the North Korea leader, looks like he has been radiated beyond being ever healthy again. Forseeable future that Iran and North Korea will be another Love cannel. They will blow up and radiate them selves just like we did. Why not work on the detrimental of the effects of nuclear?

    June 4, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  263. ida khan

    i disagree with some of the comments that said islam does not recognise the view of equality in men and women and the right to liberty and pursuit of happiness. neither do i agree with the misinterpretation of the word jihad which is used by some muslim extrimist to justify their actions and the non-muslims to accuse muslims of being terrorists and islam being a violent religion. jihad means a struggle of a person's soul to get closer to God.and please do not confuse the arab culture with islam, the religion. much of what are practised by the arabs are not what were preached by the Prophet and the Quran or what's practised by many other non-arab muslims around the world.

    if anyone would care to go into the history of islam, there was a time when the Prophet's companion ordered the demolition of a mosque in damascus that had been illegally constructed by forcibly expropriating the house of a jew and this the companion did in following the Prophet's warning that "he who wrongs a Jew or a Christian will have me as his accusser on the Day of Judgement". nowhere was the Prophet Muhammad's tolerance more evident than in medieval spain where jews were able to rise to the highest positions in society and government under the leadership of the muslims.

    please research what islam stands for and what the Prophet preaches before accusing islam for what it is not. and please stop all the stereotyping of muslims and look beyond what are arabs and what is islam.

    and why is it that the israelis have the right to defend themselves but not the palestinians? both have the right to defend themselves when they are attacked or driven out from their homes, whether they are muslims or jews or christians. so please stop the double standard and let us work together in understanding each other better and tolerating our differences. and the president's speech today might just be what we need to get there.

    June 4, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  264. Juanita from Detroit

    I was most impressed with President Obama's speech. For the very first time a President of the US told the truth. He simply stated the facts whether it hit Iran,Israel.Palestine or the United States. His speech was balanced and well delivered.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:16 pm |
  265. Siddharth Singh

    For once, a US President who is making attempts the understand our part of the world. The rest have lived in a make belief world created by the very-loud Christian right in the USA.

    How can anyone solve a problem if he/she hasn't understood the issue? No American president had so far. You are in the right direction, Mr. Obama.

    June 5, 2009 at 7:38 am |
  266. Parthenia

    I think it's a poor excuse being used by those who are securely insured to scare people saying taxes are going to be raised and we won't be able to afford to pay them to provide health care for all our country's citizens. It is absolutely idiotic to deny others that are unable to afford health care now the opportunity to do so with health care for all Americans.

    God is not pleased with the benefit of health care being withheld from all our citizens. Now is probably the best time for this to happen and it would be a blessing.

    It's time to remember the golden rule. In case it's been forgotten, it's "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

    June 8, 2009 at 10:22 pm |

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