May 8th, 2009
02:59 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama to address Muslim relations during Egypt visit

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama will deliver his long-promised speech to the Muslim world in Egypt next month, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs revealed to reporters on Friday.

Gibbs said the speech will occur on June 4 in Egypt, just before the president visits Normandy, France, to mark the anniversary of D-Day.

While Obama originally promised to deliver the speech during his first 100 Days, senior administration officials privately say the date was pushed back in part because of security and logistical issues. The officials stressed, however, that the Secret Service still has deep security concerns, given the continued tumult in the Mideast.

Gibbs said the White House chose Egypt because it is "a country that in many ways represents the heart of the Arab world." The press secretary deflected several questions at his daily briefing about whether Egypt is a wise choice given President Hosni Mubarak's resistance to making his government more democratic.

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  1. Obama Victim

    from one Muslim to another

    May 8, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. timely and necessary

    wow an adult in the whitehouse

    this is so much better than ostrich in the sand, I'm not gonna play with you, mission accomplished, bring it on whitehouse we just got out of, thank you lord

    May 8, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. msptown311

    Keep up the good work President Obama, I love everything you do because you have my best interests at heart. Love You!!!!!!!!

    May 8, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  4. Nathan from alabama

    It makes since he is muslim

    May 8, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  5. Shirley In California

    Let the ignorant comments begin...

    May 8, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  6. Proud DHS radical

    Why is Obama in Egypt? Is a madrases having a graduation ceremony and he's keynote speaker?

    May 8, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  7. StuckinmoderationMari

    Good. We have been totally hateful towards Muslims, the only way we will win the war against terrorism is to win over the hearts and minds of the Muslim world. Bombs wont help.

    The three Great Abrahamic Religions: Judaism, Islam & Christianity.

    We are Children of the same GOD.

    May 8, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  8. smokey

    I think this is wonderful and way long overdue. Pres Obama just contines to amaze me..This man has not stopped working for the American people since he took the oath..I strongly feel that if anyone person can make a difference in restoring our image abroad, Pres Obama is the man..Inspite of all the issues he has to deal with on a daily basis, he continues to push on and is keeping all of his campaign promises and then some..I am sure we will hear the same old negative rhetoric from the GOP..But who cares !! Some things will never change.....Get it CHANGE

    May 8, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  9. Kevin in Ohio

    We will be watching, Mr. President......... don't you DARE make any apologies for America while you are on foreign soil.

    May 8, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  10. ray ray

    Can't WAIT for this speech.... to hear how he will blame America for their woes... about our past "wrong-doings"... etc.

    Barry Hussein Obama doesn't have a problem slamming America. I wonder why...???

    May 8, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  11. Expat American

    Aaaw shucks. President Obama is going to bow to 'All The Muslims', and apologize for the U.S. on his trip. Because he is one of 'Those Muslims', and his father was a 'Kenyan Arab' and his wife hates Amurikkka, and he bought a swing set with my tax dollars, and he eats cheeseburgers with Elmo. All of this is true. Do you know why?

    Because I never left the highway exit of my local red state walmart.

    That's why....

    I ate 3 big macs for lunch...took a diet pill...and I'm still fat?

    Aaaaw doggone shucks!

    May 8, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  12. Charlie in Maine

    If it can be as effective as his speech on race last year we may be able to make some progress.

    May 8, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  13. Jeff in Virginia

    here come the frothing reds calling Obama an appeaser that's soft on terror...

    May 8, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  14. Mississippi Mike

    He'd rather court militant muslims than conservative christians, has anyone else noticed that?

    May 8, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  15. mike

    I wonder if some middle east countries would address non-muslim relations.

    May 8, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  16. Lynn

    Another campaign promise to be met. Excellent choice for President Obama although the naysayers who would rather have war than peace, have enemies rather than allies and spend trillions on defense will be flocking with their usual insults.

    May 8, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  17. S Callahan

    I am not against showing compassion to those of various faiths..but if it got to the point that my faith is discredited that is when the rage will raise. In the meantime, may we all be in harmony on this great planet that God bestowed on us.

    May 8, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  18. Jayden,FL

    Fox News(GOP) and Hannity will now even more accuse President Obama of being Muslim... like if its a sin being a Muslim.

    May 8, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  19. phoenix86

    I wonder who Obama will bow down before on this visit.

    May 8, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  20. Michael

    One of the egregious mistakes Americans have been making over the past years is assuming that our own political system is not only right for us, but is the best option for everyone.
    Democracy barely functions in our own country, where people have all the information and opportunity needed to participate in government, and are guaranteed civil rights and freedoms. In nations possessing none of those benefits, democracy cannot work; it needs strong-minded, well-informed, free-thinking people to flourish.

    May 8, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  21. worriedmom

    This will be interesting. Sure hope he is not gonna apologize to the Muslims on how bad we Americans are.

    May 8, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  22. Fendell Crews

    Will he apologize for America again? What a buffoon!

    May 8, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  23. Kimberly

    Good for the President, this should have been done many administrations ago. FINALLY a man of conviction and moral in the white house. What a good time to be a Democrat. I am SO proud of this president.

    May 8, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  24. Bill in Austin

    Let the bashing begin by the GOP. I've reached the conclusion that they can't figure out how to respond to a president that is intellectually gifted and with an actual vision.

    May 8, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  25. Jim El Paso Tx.

    Hurry up Repukes...let's hear your racist comments on this:)

    May 8, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
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