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. pam Eugene OR

    I am all for the President giving this speech but it should be given from the White House. Even giving out the exact date is very dangerous. There are thousands of people in the Middle East who would love to kill the President of the United States. It is impossible to protect him in a foreign country. Please do not do it Mr President. If there is an attack on you it would start WWlll.

    May 8, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  2. cookie-cutter liberal

    This is a wise move.... only President Obama has the ability to persuade the Arab world to stop hating us (it's all your fault Bush!). After hearing his kind and soothing voice I'm sure that they'll also feel that tingle up their leg that I get every time I say Barack Obama (oh!!!! that felt nice!)

    May 8, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  3. Felicia

    I just want the President to be safe, and take care of hisself. I don't want anything to happen to him.

    May 8, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  4. yuri

    Remember Egypt ain't no Turkey and basically it had its own tiger's share of terroristic organizations including but not limited to Al-Jihad, that is alleged to have masterminded Sadat's assasination in 1981. Also, Aiyman al-Jawahiri is an Egyptian born cold blooded killer who has not stopped at anything to spread the tormentin' terror. Mohammed Atta, the 9/11 ring leader, is another dead example of some of the disgruntled deadly dudes from Egypt. Just a few opinions of ours.

    May 8, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. Davis

    Secret Service, please take very, very, special care of our President Obama. He's so loved.

    May 8, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. DaBird

    The speech is worth the effort, but nothing is going to change quickly. Good luck.

    May 8, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  7. Hussein family member

    Is the president meeting his relations?

    May 8, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. The Death of America by Obama

    obama is going home to speak to his people.
    oh, let me just puke.
    What a disgrace this nitwit is.

    May 8, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. Travis In Colorado

    Why do we even need to address the muslims? What is the big deal? Oh yeah, I forgot that Barack Obama IS a muslim, that's why. He has to protect and comfort all his muslim buddies. America may not be at war with islam, but muslims ARE at war with America, and Barack keeps weakening us through his policies. Soon the war will be at our door step. Americans, keep your firearms close and your ammunition closer!

    May 8, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  10. Bill ~ Down on the Bayou

    Egeypt in many ways represents the heart of the Arab world and that is where "the Great One's" (obama) heart lies.

    May 8, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  11. No More Incumbents

    More Bowing to be sure.......

    May 8, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  12. gary davis

    I am becomming a very proud american with our new president doing presidental things

    we shall go forward and this new administration will rebuild our countries basic ideals and become proud again .

    I trust our presidents judgment 100%
    and he also has a great smile and a good sense of humor . makes for a all around good person .with a very important job . he is incharge of keeping our country safe and repairing all of the bad things that has happened in the last eight years .. and he is a perfect choice to be the one that talks to the muslims and anyone else in the world ..

    this president tells the truth 🙂

    May 8, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  13. The Other Michael in Houston

    And here comes the Obama is a muslim in 3....2....1

    May 8, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  14. Steve, Columbia SC

    Will be bow to the president of Egypt?

    May 8, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  15. Sharon LV

    Of course he is. He is one of them!!!

    May 8, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  16. Rick

    Since Obama is going to be speaking just before he attends the D-Day ceremony, I wonder if he will mention the cozy relationship the muslim world had with the Nazis?

    May 8, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  17. bess

    well, Mr Obama did say to George Stephanopoulis "my muslim religion" and it took idiot Mr S to suggest he really meant 'christian religion' to which Obama quickly agreed.

    Freudian slip? Obama has much to hide and his real religion is just one of them.

    May 8, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  18. A Proud Arrogant American

    Who will he bow to this time?

    May 8, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  19. John M in CA

    I lived overseas for 16 years.

    To those who spew the phrase "Apology Tour" and the slurs it implies... I modestly offer an observation:

    Listening to people who never lived - not just vacationed –abroad talk about America's role in the world is like listening to my single friends preach to me about marriage after I've been wed 18 years.

    You think you can extrapolate your opinions and experience into understanding... but you can't. And to those of us who've been in the trenches, you come across sophomoric.

    Obama, being the American son of an immigrant, lived overseas and had enough experience being a foreigner elsewhere that he can deeply comprehend what our Texan ex-president's domestic frat-boy bravado couldn't.

    You do get to express your opinion as an American, of course. Just realize that it comes with zero credentials.

    May 8, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  20. CO

    What's the problem with Obama diffusing tensions and reducing animosity towards America? It's logical, essential, and overdue. It isn't Christian conservatives who despise America.

    And not all Muslims are bad people, just like not all Americans are ignorant and insular.

    May 8, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  21. Dan, TX

    I disagree with the posts that criticize Obama. I don't see any logic or reason to suggest this is not a very good move in the best interests of the US. Critics of Obama appear to JUST SAY NO to everything related to Obama with no logic, no reason, no maturity.

    May 8, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  22. Mike from Shelburne, VT

    Fear mongering, fear, more fear...
    Accept it. He's not a Muslim, he's not the anti-Christ, he's not any of the labels opponents try to place on him. You can call him whatever you want, but when you have absolutely nothing to back it up with...
    Besides, racism like saying he's a Muslim, and than acting like its a horrible thing, is pretty much enough to get you ignored anyways.

    May 8, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  23. J in NJ

    I got an advanced copy of the speech. Here is a brief excerpt: To all you people who wear your laundry on your head: Stop blowing yourselves up or we will no longer give your government millions of dollars in aid (9 million to Egypt to be exact).

    Note to secret service you won't have to worry too much about barry, everyone loves him but whatever you do, do not let anything happen to the teleprompter or you will be fired!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 8, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  24. Bitter, party of one, your table is ready!

    Hey everybody, let's show how racist and ignorant we are by saying Obama is a muslim as if there is something wrong with that! And go!

    May 8, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  25. joe smith

    very nice; I'm sure this gathering will go along way to promote harmony around the world. but, what's this story out in the air about not being able to pull your own money out of your 401k fund..that many of the funds have invested in some very questionable securities, the funds have lost their shirt, and investors who were told that the 401k was there ticket to retirement money, can't get their money, and may not be able to get it till the end of can anyone of our skilled Senators or Congressman shed some light on this very disturbing situation, maybe mr geitner needs to address the Amerian people on this one..

    May 8, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
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