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June 3rd, 2009
08:06 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Pres. Obama's Message to Muslims

Ayman Nour prayed for an Obama victory, but does not plan to hear him in person.

Ayman Nour prayed for an Obama victory, but does not plan to hear him in person.

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tonight, a look at what's at stake with Pres. Obama's speech tomorrow to the world's 1.5 billion Muslims. He'll deliver his message from Cairo, Egypt. But just as he's getting ready to speak, it's believed Osama bin Laden has issued another audio recording threatening America.

We'll talk with CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen about the new message from the al Qaeda leader. Bergen has incredible insight on the most wanted man on the planet. He's one of the few Westerners to ever meet bin Laden face to face.

Also tonight, new details on doomed Air France Flight 447. We have a time line of what seems to have gone down in the cockpit before the jet crashed into the Atlantic.

And, happening right now in North Korea, a secret trial on the fate of two Americans. Will North Korea free journalists Lisa Ling and Euna Lee? We'll talk with their family members on the fight to free the two women.

Join us for these stories and much more starting right now on CNN.


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  1. jimmy

    The President message should be simple and direct. He should let oue muslim brothers that there is a new brand of american today.

    Although it might be difficult to persuade them becaus eof the past relationships, yet a new begining can be forge.

    June 4, 2009 at 5:37 am |
  2. brian

    Obama speech will not ad much in the arabs and muslims world

    June 4, 2009 at 5:17 am |
  3. Mark

    Question to ask:

    If childern are born in the state of pure love, please ask why is it OK to teach future generations to hate and kill ? Maybe offer our kids the ability to live as one, in peace, respect, honor and love.

    June 4, 2009 at 2:59 am |
  4. clarenceclair

    I'm a social studies teacher in chicago and what the president is doing showing leadership through observation and participation. He has courage and the world appreciate him. I am so happy he making an effort. The people of the muslim world are people also. They have the basic needs that all people do. Its not hard to appeal to a "repressed" people if he is sincere. I don't why americans have this arrogant attitude as if our finacial, social and educational systems are successful these days. While we are reinventing are finacial markets we should be changing the way think. Culture is the way we live. We could start learning something from the people in mid-east. Peace

    June 4, 2009 at 2:55 am |
  5. M.s Wilson

    What do people expect Obama to do?!

    Why give him crap..for going to the muslim 'world', to try and mend relationships with a country ..where American soldiers has done some sever damage,even to the innocent..I mean come on!!

    What I hope comes from this is some type of resolution to this war..and the radical terrororist,that want...what exactly?!

    Whatever the case may be ..making peace ,in a 3rd world country..that has American's on their 'bad list' ,is always a good thing!!

    Anderson Cooper..Your great!! = )

    June 4, 2009 at 2:42 am |
  6. Rick Boheler

    President Obama is making a bold move for peace for the Middle East and for our planet. This pathological conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians must, finally, come to an end.

    Although the conflict is between the Isralis and the Palestinians, the U.S. has a special responsibility because of all of the financial, political and military support we provide to Israel. Any objective observer would have to conclude that since 1948 and virtually without exception, the U.S. has sided with the Israelis. This one-sidedness is not lost on most Arabs; in fact, our policy has proven to be a very critical mistake (e.g., the attack of September 11th).

    Since the combatants has clearly demonstrated that they are incapable of coming to a mutually acceptable agreement, it is necessary that President Obama use his power as the U.S. President to cause the two sides to be reasonable. For starters, he has requested that Israel simply stop adding to the settlements in the West Bank; predictably, Israel promptly refused. These settlements are in direct violation of the Geneva Conventions as well as clear rulings by the World Court and the UN; since the U.S. provides Israel with over 3 billion in annual aid, it is entirely reasonable that our president should demand that, at the very least, Israel simply cease adding to these settlements that have been built on contested land taken in the 1967 War. Israel has already moved over 500,000 people into these settlements that have been built on land that has been designated for a future Palestinian state.

    Obviously, the Palestinians have serious issues to address as well. First among these is the imperative to bring Hamas and the PLO together and to form an effective government that recognizes Israel's right to exist in peace with its neighbors.

    June 4, 2009 at 1:42 am |
  7. Leticia ramirez

    I think what our president is doing is a big step in the right direction. He gets the term "world peace". He is demonstrating

    June 4, 2009 at 1:39 am |
  8. Emily David

    I think creating dialogue with the muslim world is a positive step. I can't see a negative side to it and talking to muslim classmates, they seem to be appreciative and excited about it.

    June 4, 2009 at 1:39 am |
  9. Matt

    I believe that Obama is one of many who finally see past all of the racial and religious boundaries seperating our brothers and sisters of the human race. We are all of the same being but have been broken and allowed trivial matters corrode our bonds. Thank you Obama for bringing these human fallacies to light and trying to better our race. If his intentious are virtuous then our world will better from them and hopefully will our race. Please dont let these simplistic emotions and attitudes destroy what we all have worked so hard to create; let us be united again as the human race and dispell this illusion of segregation as we are all the same.

    June 4, 2009 at 1:18 am |
  10. Amy tx

    In regards to the speech, Ihope the optimism being shown is a positive step in rebuilding bridges in the Middle East.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:39 am |
  11. T Coll

    I dont see the point of the speech... I mean why should it matter the muslims dont like america oh well barack obama is really making america unsafe very unsafe.. i wish bush was still in office or mccain being the next president...

    June 4, 2009 at 12:36 am |
  12. Gabi

    to Jose A. Diaz,

    I assume you are of very young age. And approve your eagerness to run for American Presidency, good luck, you might become one, you never know. But being a Professor at various universities, I suggest to view mass media news carefully in order not to misiterpret them to other, which makes you the bridge between the mass media and the public that reading your posts.

    Barack Obama is in Mid East not to impose American values; he said it clearly: he is there for the Mid east Dialog.

    And if you ever become a president or any individual in the future, please remember, to always be tolerant and to keep in mind only the positive in other people, as well is in ohter countries; even if they threaten you- always try hard to bring out their positive and good sides within themselves. And within yourself ofcourse.

    ABout Ahmed Amr;

    He is right in his post here, I agree that all of the Mid East is rather more positive than ever, for the 1st time about the visit of an American Official. Travel to Mid East, and if you are truly just a little kind, you iwll receive an ocean of hospitality and kindness back.

    About Peter Bergen,

    He is sure professional, but lacking an emotional intelligence. No offence here, Peter. nevermind the blog space online where anybody can say anyth, and will believe anyth mas media will broacast today, as they do not have the confidence in the original source of most of their info.
    But if you pay attention to an intellectual society globally, and listen to the true professionals, who are been in this journalism field and well educated minds; most of us hardly find it credible enough if the Osama bin Laden is out there syaing things, and we are so modest to readily believe that.
    Not only Peter Bergen, but many ohters been out there and witnessed matters with their own eyes and ears. So, lets be more humble and professional when it comes to smth that we are not so sure about.

    Lets be Responsible for our thoughts, words, and actions

    Thank you!

    have a wonderful day everyone!

    GP

    June 4, 2009 at 12:32 am |
  13. Yvonne M

    Looking forward to hearing what President Obama will say. I think they really want an apology and if they don't get it–well I'm afraid that will just anger them and put us right back where we started from–fearing that they will retailate against the us. All pretty scary stuff!

    Watching your program tonight–wishing you a very Happy Birthday! At least they didn't ask what most always ask on your birthday–The Age question!!

    Enjoy!

    June 3, 2009 at 11:57 pm |
  14. Farwah Sheikh

    The Muslim communities in the US greatly appreciate the hand being extended to the Muslim world. Having good relations with the Muslim world is extremely important. Every country, religion, and culture needs to unite in order to restore peace and wealth to the world. The balance has to be equaled out therefore changing relations with the Muslim world will help balance the troubles we are facing today. Cooperation and respect from both ends is vital to achieving this mission. Thank you President Obama for stepping up to the plate and trying to make a difference!

    June 3, 2009 at 11:49 pm |
  15. Javier Vasquez

    In accordance to Egypt's compliance for peace his actions speak for themselves ,for Obama's arrival in a population of 1.6Billion people, I think the concensus speaks for itself. The Muslim World will never agreed under perpetual agreements to peace nor agreements. Egypt's Prince and our defenses are the least of our concerns for now! I believe the compliance lies within the hearts of both parties, not that there will be peace, just calmness.

    June 3, 2009 at 11:46 pm |
  16. Paula

    No one can accuse Obama of not fulfilling his campaign promise of :"change." Every day I listen to the news to hear what he's changed today, .and now he;s running around the globe trying to change the world.. In my opinion it's "change" for the worse and I fear after four years of this the America I know and love will no longer exist.

    June 3, 2009 at 11:37 pm |
  17. Als

    Pres Obama rocks for trying. Pres Obama could use excuses like the GOP I cant , I cant, I cant I cant. Fear mongoring by the media has been replaced by have faith.

    June 3, 2009 at 11:32 pm |
  18. annette thomas

    Having traveled to the Middle East six times, the Occupied Territories and Gaza three, I was astounded by the massive degree of human rights violations. Israel, with its unconditional support from the United States, confiscates Palestinian land to expand illegal Israeli settlements, has erected an apartheid wall, longer and taller than the Berlin Wall, which separates Palestinians from their land and has made Gaza the largest open air prison in the world. I asked an Israeli officer why they were doing this. His response: "Because we can".

    June 3, 2009 at 11:30 pm |
  19. Gail

    First let me state that I am not a church going Christian, but I am so impressed with Obama's NEED to reach out to all persons and his strive for peace that I am wondering if he isn't the next messiah, i.e. the intellectual person the Jews saw Jesus as. We are blessed to have him as our president. I just hope he is kept safe while he continues spreading his message.

    June 3, 2009 at 11:23 pm |
  20. Sami

    Obama's plan to open a dialogue with muslim world is a great step forward for world peace and it will help lessen fears and divisions between Muslims and the western countries.

    Muslims want western powers to stop killing their innocent poor peoples especially in pakistan, afghanistan. Stopping wars and finding diplomatic ways to promote peace will go a long way to convince Muslims that Obama is just not playing with beautiful speeches

    June 3, 2009 at 11:17 pm |
  21. Jay

    Hey Cooper, I'm going to get to the office late just so I can see this speech. I am interested in hearing what he has to say but also worried about what is going to happen after this speech. Will they twist his words? Will he like what he has to say? Will their be mass uprisings? Riots? All muslim world dwellers are not muslim. There are many Christians, Bahai's and others. How does this affect them? I think that he is walking on eggshells and no matter where he goes. It's going to be nail-biting, but worth being late to work for.
    Take Care and Happy Birthday! : )-

    June 3, 2009 at 11:13 pm |
  22. jay

    Lets get the ladies home to their families.As persons in the media you know this is so wrong.As a journalist you go out to get a story putting your life on the line as seen when reporters cover the wars.These ladies (Lisa Lling and Euna Less) as well as others like CNN journalists go to great length to bring the story to us or our front door steps.North Korea is wrong for calling these ladies spies when North Korea knows quite well these two ladies set out to cover a story and do their job to the best of their ability. If N. Korea wants to kidnap our reporter they should aleast tell us how much the ransom is going to be.When Foreign Govts. start detaining and kidnapping our media personel and journalist that says alot about who is in charge of that country. I certainly dont believe these ladies are spies what would they have to gain.
    My thoughts and prayers go to these ladies and their families who await a positive outcome.

    June 3, 2009 at 11:12 pm |
  23. Davis

    Israel has right to have the land in which they reside. History shows that is was rightfully theirs. However, they should seek to comprise a sufficient alternative to achieve peace with the Palestinians. Oppression and discrimination will never work.

    June 3, 2009 at 11:08 pm |
  24. RoseParvin

    We are here to unite and not to divide! We must each not only respect one another's differences and understand and accept them but to become a part of strenghtening the world peace with our sharing the responsiblity for it as a global family abiding by Universal Laws of Human Rights that any true religion would accept if not it is not a religion of the loving and forgiving and giving god who loves all her chidlren equal and does not want killing and war and violence in the name of god nor will forgive such tragic and primitive happenings again! This is a visit with good intent of a new start on relationship and dialgoue for peace and banning all fire for finding our peace! Together we must start a new and all forigiven sins and all taking responsiblity with equal right and dignitiy! Amen

    June 3, 2009 at 11:03 pm |
  25. Jose Antonio Diaz

    Happy Birthday!! Buddy!!! Muah!!

    June 3, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  26. Jose Antonio Diaz

    As for the the two journalist God thats so hard too hear. My prayers go out too everyone in their family.

    North Korea must understand that it would be valuable too release these two young ladies. They don't need too make things worst. If they believe in world peace they need too let them go.

    America has been a very generous too other countries. And for our country not help us, I'll make sure that if I make it as President in my future I will remember those countries that have turned their backs on us. We must remember why we must hold on too the safety of our country. Fighting sucks but for freedom and for the safe return of all Americans must be!

    June 3, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  27. Ahmed Amr

    Hello from Cairo;
    Everyone around here is talking about tomorrow's speech, everyone I know is going to watch the speech and in fact its probably one of the most important things that I've witnessed over here in a long time, by the way, no one is expecting anything as most of those political analysts keep saying, or rather they don't know what to expect but there's a general thought that the american president took the time to actually talk to us over here and thats enough, cause thats instead of the arrogant tone we kept hearing form 1600 Pennsylvania ave for the past 8 years, its like going from an awful event to a pleasant surprise, and we're appreciating

    June 3, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  28. HELANE PETRILLO

    AS PRESIDENT OF THE LEADING DEMOCRATIC COUNTRY IN THE FREE WORLD IT IS FRIGHTENING TO FIND THAT HE SEEMS TO BE IGNORING ISRAEL, A COUNTRY WHO HAS BEEN OUR STAUNCH ALLY SINCE ITS INCEPTION. I BELIEVE PRES. OBAMA SHOULD EXTEND AN OLIVE BRANCH TO THE MUSLIM NATIONS, BUT CERTAINLY NOT AT THE EXPENSE OF A COUNTRY THAT FOLLOWS EVERY PRINCIPLE THAT WE HAVE FOUGHT FOR SINCE THE WAR OF INDEPENDENCE. OUR SOLDIERS ARE BEING WOUNDED, MAIMED AND GIVING THEIR LIVES FOR PEOPLE WHO WOULD KILL US IF GIVEN HALF THE CHANCE AND OUR PRES. IS BOWING AND CODDLING THEM. SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE,

    June 3, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  29. Jose Antonio Diaz

    Hi Anderson,

    Seeing our President Mr. Obama trying very hard too share our values and policies with the Muslim word is a great start. But many don't welcome our values.

    This is a very repressed country. So how we live and how we see things here are not the same at times. We might have too except that. Its like forcing them too except our rights here. They may not want them...unfortunately.

    What we have here isn't what everyone thinks is best. Sadly too say. Our country isn't much of a rule model if you look at what's going on in our social cities. We so have much here and don't take advantage of the education we can get.

    This is why other country really just don't like us. Sad...but I hope when I run for President in 2020 I can make the true shift in our culture. With all that's happen I hope we don't lose our way more then we maybe.

    June 3, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  30. Annie Kate

    Look forward to hearing Peter Bergen; he always has good information and points to consider. And I hope during the show we will hear good news about the two journalists in North Korea.

    June 3, 2009 at 10:12 pm |