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June 4th, 2009
10:19 AM ET

The 65th Anniversary of D-Day

Looking ahead to this weekend in the CNN Newsroom with Betty Nguyen and TJ Holmes...

President Barack Obama and the first family will be in France for the 65th anniversary of D-Day - marking the Allied invasion of Normandy to fight Nazi Germany during World War II. We will air President Obama's speech in its entirety in a special hour dedicated to D-Day.

Josh Levs takes us on a virtual tour of one of the most fascinating web sites he says he's EVER seen - a site that takes the viewer inside D-Day.

Whether you’re an expert on that critical moment in history or know nothing about it, Josh says you’re going to be struck by this interactive site, packed with video, photos from the front, sound from the President, and more.

Join TJ, Betty and Josh in the CNN Newsroom Saturday and Sunday beginning 6am ET/ 3am PT.


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  1. Diane Salomon

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    Investigate!! Just don't banter on the air!
    Diane

    June 4, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  2. James

    Why is America apologising for Islam? Obama is not a Christian and if he knew the Bible he would not call them brothers. 5:51 and 3:28 from the Quran is clear Muslims can not be friends with Christians and Jews, why just because they are Christians and Jews. Islam demands equal rights only to further it's own needs yet deneys equal rights to women, Christians, Jews, Buddist, Hindus, Atheist and even so called moderate Muslims in the middle east. 51 out of 51 Islamic countries women, Christians, Jews, Buddist, Hindus, Atheist and even so called moderate Muslims are persecuted. The problem is not radical or moderate followers the problem is the Quran itself. A radical Christian is one who follows Jesus and he said, "love your enemy" even. The Quran from the first chapter is cursing the Christians and Jews.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  3. M Flynn

    President Obama's speech was regarded as very optimistic by the Arabs as well as the West. He has to put pressure on the Israelis to dismantle the settlements and stop building new settlements and to realize that a two-state solution is the only way to peace. Human rights have to be upheld. Only when the Palestinians have peace, will the Israelis have peace.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  4. J. Mendez

    I am a mexican/american living in the So. California area. I am a big CNN viewer, I know that there is a part 2 of the show called "black in america" I am proud that we elected an african/american as presedent and I am so far satified with our pick. But, in the face of being balance in the journalism world you (CNN) needs to also reconize the contributions that other ethnic groups have done for the better of the US. For example the Asian commuinity and the railroads, the Mexcican/Hispanic community and the work we perform to improve our community. I would just lik eto see more balance with regards to your programing, African/Amercian are not the only ethnic group that went to war or build America....

    June 4, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  5. Shalfia

    When the US gives money for the Palestians, it never reaches the people! When Isreal gave land, like the Gaza Strip for peace.... what did they get? More rockets, more killings, more hatred. You cannot talk "peace treaties" with liars and people who hate and swear to destroy you and wipe you off the map. What would you do... you cannot rationalize with irrational people.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  6. Leo Collins

    For the first time, an American president has addressed the kernal of the problem in the middle-east, i.e. the formation of a Palistinian State and the continued existence of the State of Isreal. While no details of how this alliance will be governed or operated, I would suggest that an analysis of the European Union be undertaking. Former traditional adversaries such as France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, have not engaged in belligerent military pursuits, since becoming partners in the union.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  7. greg jefferson

    the president's speech was on target. all parties israelis, palestinians and arabs must focus on peace not war.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  8. Kathleen Bakke

    President Obama makes me proud to be an American once again.
    Our foreign policy is finally on track and he captures the best of the American spirit of respect for rights and inclusion. Right on.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  9. Larry

    Why is President Obama apologizing to the world for the actions of America? Why are we, as Americans, concerned about what the world thinks of us! We are the ones that bail out the rest of the world when they have problems! Can the president not quote the bible or is he too ashamed to be a christian. Those who are muslim and reside in America should call themselves American muslims and not the other way around. If they are ashamed to be Americans first, then maybe they need to return to their country of origin!

    June 4, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  10. tim

    why do we always have to cater to the muslim world? when i was over their fighting for peace and freedom. i did not have rights to express my religion by wearing a religious cross.i do not want my tax payer money go to people who do not care for my rights or religion.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  11. Maurice Hicks

    To the American people and media, lets not be so hard on Obama. We talk about how great our country is but yet we bash someone trying to promote peace and clean up all the garbage that was left from President Bush. I am a black christian man and I believe in loving people and forgiving but I am not witnessing that from my media Christian Americans. We also should not judge Muslims because we have done wrong too but we would not want people judging Christians. As a black man I could be mad at what happened in slavery but I am not because there are people who had nothing to do with that and my religion gives me a heart of forgiveness and that is what I pray for all Americans to do. That is how you become Christian leaders to other nations and religions.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  12. salman ahmed

    wow what a ture president we have thanks Allah. I must say i do like him before this speech but i do really feel love in my heart for him he is realy true man and we muslims and christians and jews co oprate with him as musch as we can do and help his policies to spread peace and humanity,and if we dont do now i dont know when we will have such great chance to help humanity and the world president Obama is great person true man and willing to do somthing good for this world lets come together and help his policies becouse after 8 years he will not be president of USA by US law so help him please

    June 4, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
  13. James

    Pres Obama is calling all the people of the world to declare peace. If you are asking now what? Peace starts in your own back yard. We once believed the Earth was flat. Now we know how lucky we truly are to live on this small planet. Let's Grow Up and learn how to live together!

    June 4, 2009 at 12:21 pm |
  14. Gulshanin

    SubhanAllah, (praise to GOD).
    President Obama’s reaching out phenomenal speech reflects: honesty, truthfulness and paints the true picture of good and bad of both the worlds, he clearly proves: he is for equality, and justice for all.
    His remarkable statement: "It will be blind to the truth, if we see it from one side only".
    Since the day one he has displayed the righteousness, equality
    and Justice in his words and actions.
    I would like to make a ‘Fatwa’ and tell those mischief-makers
    jealous, hateful of ‘Peace’ to go home, meaning: shut up and change
    Yourselves, stop criticizing him/Obama and act according to the
    Quranic message, which President Obama knows better and acts
    Upon better than those so-called Muslims and so-called
    Israelis who knows only one thing and that is killing, which is in opposition to the message of Creator GOD.
    Overall, leave this spiritual soul-Mahdi/righteous person to do his
    job properly and support him.
    Not helping him in his endeavors of good work, and criticizing him will be our dooms day.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  15. Rick Miracle

    I believe his speech was a good start and was needed. I wish he would have mentioned that Israel is in violation of UN resolutions. Personally I have always believed our government has been slanted to much toward Israel. I'm sure many feel that way. I am Christian and have never blamed entire peoples for the actions of a few.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  16. Mary Mtl Ca.

    About time for the usa to talk straight with israel. All around the world people with different faith start to think enough with israel and all their pretext to extend their arms ... took everything they can believing nobody care ...enough is enough...

    June 4, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  17. salman ahmed

    As a pakistani muslim i must say we should come together and give soul to the President Obama words, think about love to each other and help the world instead thinking of obama is muslim or not.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  18. Barrak

    I hope the media stops referring to Islam as iz-lam it's pronounced as es-lam.
    The same goes for the word Muslim; it's pronounced as mos-lem not muz-lim.
    Thank you.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:45 pm |
  19. Gulshanin

    What comes from the mouth of President Obama the awaited Mahdi
    the Righteous person's appearance before the re-appearance of
    Messiah Jesus a.s., is the truth the whole truth and nothing but the
    truth. So let us leave him alone to do his good work and support him and that is the good deed. To oppose him is bad Karma 'Sin.
    Salaam/Peace.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:45 pm |
  20. Donald Lyken

    No other President has ever did what this President has done and is doing. This President has set the bar very high, we as Americans look for thing to happen just this minute, things take time, he is making real big progress. We should be proud of this Pres.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:48 pm |
  21. pradyuman mali

    HELLO ITS ABOUT MR.OBAMA SPEECH IN CAIRO.EXCELLANT .MESSAGE IS CLEAR. TO THE POINT. EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE TERRIABLE PROBLEMS IN OUR SIDE OF THE WORLD. DO WE HAVE TO HELP THEM. AND WE STILL DO SO. WHO CAN DO OR WHICH COUNTRY CAN STAND BY US TO HELP US. AND STILL WE DO GET CRITISIS BY OTHERS. IN OUR OPINION GPD KNOW WE DOING BEST GOD KNOWS THAT. THANK YOU TONY . ALL OF YOU ARE BEST.P MALI

    June 4, 2009 at 12:51 pm |
  22. Said Tayeh

    I love president obama he understands that the gateway to peace in the middle east starts with isreal b/c with that solved there is no justification for Islamic terrorist

    June 4, 2009 at 12:58 pm |
  23. Gulshanin

    "Did he bridged the gap"?
    Of course! Not only by this speech, but since the day one he put his foot forward for the Presidency he has bridged the gap, extended the hand
    of 'friendship, equality and Justice' and that is the reason good godly non-Muslims and Muslims voted for him.
    The enemies of Islam the so-called Muslims and non-Muslims
    would try and find faults, criticize him and try to jeopardize his good
    work but it will be in vain as the godly people are in majority.
    Salaam/Peace.

    June 4, 2009 at 1:13 pm |
  24. Tony

    It was the most brilliant speech I have ever heard in years as an academic and a former US military. Peace in the region can only begin with dialogue. Actually, peace begins with you and me. A great Saint once said, "War is in the minds of men, and it is in the minds of men that we must resolve war." Tthe President is hoping to reopen dialogue and commonsense resolution to the issues of the region. The Saint also went on to say, "Our enemies are a reflecion of ourselves," We need to cut the President some slack and let history play out – "It is the dawn of the golden age." Obama is God send!

    Tony

    June 4, 2009 at 1:35 pm |
  25. Gulshanin

    Finally he has succeeded in removing the anger of Muslims against
    the former American regime for its 8 yrs of discriminative, racist policies, torture killing and illegal wars on Muslims.
    By the name 'Obama' we all take a sigh of relief.
    He is teaching the whole world how to be a humanitarian worker
    to respect each other and believe in true Justice and equality for all.
    And that is the message of the Bible and the Quran.
    Those who believe in these 2 books truthfully can never go wrong.
    Those who read it upside down they are doomed.

    Salaam/Peace.

    June 4, 2009 at 1:48 pm |
  26. Fred

    There is another part of the president's speech that troubles me. The President stated that Blacks in the USA achieved freedom through non-violence means and that's the way the Palestinian people and Muslims should emulate. Well that's nice, but the USA was founded on violence, just ask the Native Americans. Oh and how was Israel founded, by violence. The Palestinians are defending their lands that was taken from them through violence. So Mr. President, before you go preaching to people about how they should defend thieves, check your historical facts first. Perhaps had the Israelis achieved their "HOMELAND" through non violent means then maybe the President's comments would be received by the Muslim world without skepticism. FACT, Israel is a "state" founded by stealing land from the people who were already living and are kept those people from re-gaining their land through violence. The Palestinian people are forced to take up armed struggle to get their lands back by any means necessary.

    June 4, 2009 at 3:00 pm |
  27. Fred

    There is another part of the president's speech that troubles me. The President stated that Blacks in the USA achieved freedom through non-violence means and that's the way the Palestinian people and Muslims should emulate. Well that's nice, but the USA was founded on violence, just ask the Native Americans. Oh and how was Israel founded, by violence. The Palestinians are defending their lands that was taken from them through violence. So Mr. President, before you go preaching to people about how they should defend thieves, check your historical facts first. Perhaps had the Israelis achieved their "HOMELAND" through non violent means then maybe the President's comments would be received by the Muslim world without skepticism. FACT, Israel is a "state" founded by stealing land from the people who were already living there and have kept those people from re-gaining their land through violence. The Palestinian people are forced to take up armed struggle to get their lands back by any means necessary.

    June 4, 2009 at 3:03 pm |
  28. Sean

    President Barak Hussien Obama, is the president every descent human waiting for. We been waiting for him to do the real change, wheather here inside the US or outside the US.
    Allah bless you Mr President, and keep up the excellent job.

    June 4, 2009 at 7:42 pm |
  29. Johnny Bass

    Outstanding job by our President to the Muslim world, his speech today has just made history making him the greatest President of the United States of America of all time. We are respected again around the world.
    Thanks Mr.President for representing us.

    June 4, 2009 at 8:26 pm |
  30. michael armstrong sr.

    this is the day of rememberance for all people to heed the sadness that war brings with all the lives lost to protect the great american dream of freedom may god bless all the warriors who gave there lives on that beach and may we never have another d day .

    June 5, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  31. Carrie A

    CNN's 2-part series "Latino in America" will air later this year.

    June 5, 2009 at 11:07 am |
  32. sherwood knight

    In the uncle lennie story, the issued uniform was olive drab green, they did not issue the typ[e that uncle lennie had on. I never saw one anyway.

    June 5, 2009 at 1:29 pm |
  33. Marissa Cabani

    I just wanted to say thank you, to all of those who are still alive and those we are no longer with us, who served us during WWII and who landed on the beaches on D-Day. You are real heroes for what you did so bravely. I salute all those men and women who serve our country in the past as well as those who serve currently. Let us never forget that no matter the cause behind the war we are fighting the brave men and women of our armed forces do so with much sacrifice and we should always support them no matter what.

    June 5, 2009 at 2:43 pm |
  34. Charlie Erickson

    Wow, did this get off on the wrong topic. I wish that people would take the time to post under the connected topic.

    I went to the army.mil site. It's great stuff, and I will keep going back. I noticed that they prominently displayed the patch one of my former units; the 8th Infantry Division.

    We need to keep honoring the Veterans from all of our conflicts, and those who served in between them. The Government and the media had done little to honor, or even make mention of, the rapidly dwindling population of those Vets, until we were down to just two surviving ones. They don't even have a memorial on the National Mall. That is a shame.

    Let's not do the same with the WW2 Vets. Although it will be another (most likely) 30 years before we're down to just two of them.

    Charlie.

    June 5, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  35. Charlie Erickson

    Ooops. I forgot to point out that It was the WW1 Veterans who were not honored and remembered, as their population was rapidly declining. I was also referring to a WW1 Memorial.

    Charlie.

    June 5, 2009 at 3:48 pm |

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