May 8th, 2009
02:59 PM ET
14 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. Diego

    This trip isn't about all Arabs – it's about Egypt. Possibly our new strongest Muslim/Arab ally in the region, they can do tons for us in terms of preventing radicalization and terrorist funding, providing a model of Middle Eastern democratization, as well as give us a roadway into the greater Middle East. This speech is for Egyptians: let's wish the President luck and hope that he's watched over very carefully!

    May 8, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  2. ib

    Will he tell them what a bad country we are like he has everyone else. This so called president is a disagrace to this country.

    May 8, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  3. Ula Nejad-Sacramento ,Ca

    The Pope is now in Jordan on the first leg of his middle east tour. Why does good for nothing registered muslim of a President has to stand of Egypt soil to Muslim? And what muslims exactly. It would assist Muslims that he make a clear distinction. I just think he needs to give it to those leaders who are more qualified in the region to speak to Muslims than he is as the President of the United States. Stick to Elmo in New York.

    May 8, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  4. Tom

    More ignorant responses from the right about not needing diplomacy. Oh that's right, Obama is a Muslim and all Muslims are terrorists.

    The dumbing down of American took one hell of a toll the past eight years. Your arrogant and ignorant responses are all prime examples of the failures of our education system.

    May 8, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  5. The Devil's Advocate

    The entire world is treading on very thin ice. If anything happens to Obama or if anyone even attempts anything that could harm him, we are all in deep Dudu. It will not matter your religion, your race, your politics, your gender or your age. WW3 will be fought everywhere. WW4 will be fought with sticks and stones. By the way I am not an Obama fan, but I would not wish bad on this man or his family; no matter his religion, race or politics. If there is a God, then pray to him or her, no matter which God you believe in.

    May 8, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
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