June 4th, 2009
08:48 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Pres. Obama's Message to Muslims

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tonight on AC360°, Pres. Obama's message to Muslims. What he said and what he didn't that has a lot of people talking. We'll play parts of his speech for you. And, our panel of experts will weigh in. Was Pres. Obama successful? Sound off below.

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soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Ruba

    No shoes thrown at anyone during the speech in Cairo huh??? I had goosebumps throughout the whole thing. Very well said! So proud of my president. Today for the first time in a very long time going out in public wearing a hijab was awesome. Lots smiled, and some when passed by me said "Salamu Alaikum" which means peace be upon you. I cant wait for the day when we can all just get along. Palestinians and jews. Whites and blacks. Democratic and republican.

    God bless America and God bless Palestine.


    June 5, 2009 at 1:23 am |
  2. Paul - Houston,TX

    I thought it was i brilliant speech.It was a great way to open talks by not saying ok were do this and that,just doing what he does best reassuring you with out the "ok whats he trying to do"in the back of you mind.A speech is not a rule book its a guild line of words that lets you know the intentions of the part and what needs to be done to start what ever your intentions.We need to get past who's right and wrong cause in religion theirs no wrong religion.We as a people need to come together and and start planing for the future of global problems before its to late like he said fist need to be unclutched and open to shake hands with our neighbors and start working together in fields of math,science and history to not better our selves but better our children's future. Sincerely one voice

    June 5, 2009 at 1:23 am |
  3. Mushir O

    This was a pretty good speech, and probably the most balanced towards the core issues, Palestinian/Afghani/Iraqi.

    I look forward to seeing his comments lead to action.

    June 5, 2009 at 1:16 am |
  4. Mohammed Rustom

    Its been 2 years now that I have moved to the United States. I don't know if my coming to the States is the catalyst that is making changes, or the changes are simply changes that are happening to me. The one thing I do know for sure is that change is happening and we should hold ourselves responsible to be part of it.

    After years of sending jokes and negative news about US policies, I find it even more important to be part of the chain that sends the good news.

    There are millions of ways to interpret the change, but one thing is for sure; there is change! I hope we all take this an opportunity to involve ourselves in this and pull ourselves out of the circle of mistrust. I hope our short term uncertainties do not allow us to miss an opportunity to build real bridges.

    Good luck and hope the years only bring better times.


    June 5, 2009 at 1:13 am |
  5. Michelle Komjathy

    I am an educated 38 year old immigrant female form Ireland (became a citizen 1.5 months ago)

    What a Brilliant Man!!!

    It is time to show the world that we are no longer segregators’, isolators and dividers. Obama has acknowledged to the world that we should not have ever been a "One Nation" but rather a "Nation of Many". It is time for collaboration, contribution and most importantly unification this is the only way for progression...simplified to Listen a wee bit and we all shall learn.

    June 5, 2009 at 12:49 am |
  6. Avi

    Here are the problems with Obama's message:
    1. He came close to equating the Holocaust with what he termed Palestinian Arab "displacement." First, any such notion is abhorrent. Second, it is not even accurate. For the most part, Palestinian Arabs were not displaced by the establishment of Israel. Rather, they were displaced due to Arab refusal to recognize the right of a Jewish state to exist in the natural homeland of the Jewish people.

    2. He seemed to indicate that there is no other solution but a two-state solution. I disagree. There is no need for a twenty-third Arab state, nor can a contiguous Palestinian Arab state be created without making Israel non-contiguous.
    3, He seems to consider Jewish settlements in the disputed territories to be illegal. Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) are part of historic Israel. No one has the right to prevent Jews from settling there.
    I just hope it is not Obama's intent to sacrifice Israel on the altar of U.S.-Muslim relations.

    June 5, 2009 at 12:07 am |
  7. Yvonne from Canada

    An excellent speech today. Your leader is a visionary. That's what you want in a leader. It's up to the rest of us to help translate his vision into reality. You are a very lucky nation to have someone of his character, wisdom and fortitude to go out into the world and try to change the conversation. The issues in the middle east are not easy ones to solve.

    Looking in the mirror is difficult. To call his tour an "apology" tour – well – that is what is niave!

    You Americans need to stay the course and stop the whining. Bravo Mr. Obama!

    June 5, 2009 at 12:06 am |
  8. Dumo O.

    Mr.President's leadership is a movement,his speeches therefore should not be misconstrued.The world needs a leader who can create a common grounds for settlement.Good Job! Mr.President I am proud of you! "My God is a God of peace, and "Blessed are the peace makers".

    Dumo O. Atlanta,GA

    June 5, 2009 at 12:00 am |
  9. Barbara Ann Jeffries

    President Obama spoke with such love and purpose today to the Arab and eastern world. Never before has a President engaged so many different people with the power of words. His honest love and care of America plus the world was awesome. No longer do we live in a world where men of color can allow themselves to think that they have nothing to offer in life. We all every race, creed, and color should thank God for his wisdom. Thank God for the people whom voted him in office. God Bless America!

    June 4, 2009 at 11:56 pm |
  10. Bonnie Crawford

    I saw President Obamas speech on the Internet. The speech was moving. It extended an olive branch of peace from America, especially when he spoke of mutual respect and the similarities of all religious belief systems seeking peace among human beings. Violence needs to end around the world. We should all have learned by now that war isn't the answer and doesn't solve problems. I hope mankind can find common ground and stop the endless fighting.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:50 pm |
  11. Rich Rollins

    Ali Cheema-Well said lets not waste this one life that we all have!

    June 4, 2009 at 11:46 pm |
  12. Penny

    America's prayers have been answered–we have a wonderful leader who understands international diplomacy and a whole lot more. He is a brilliant man and the message shines through–I hope people around the world listen and make the necessary changes...we are all in this together, no country can survive alone, humanity cannot be quashed. Obama's speech made me proud to be an American, and I haven't felt that in years.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:44 pm |
  13. R.J.

    I am glad President Obama gave this speech. He is always looking back and blaming former Pres. Bush and America for the ills of the world. But now, if the U.S. experiences another Islamic extremist /terrorist attack, Obama will not be able to blame it on the Bush Administration, since he has announced to the Islamic nation and the entire world that the U.S. is no longer the same.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:43 pm |
  14. John Flora

    Obama gave it a good try but diminished the effectivenes of his speech by continuously appologizing for the United States. I am tired of him showing weakness abroad – out enemies will take advantage of him, and with his lack of experience in foreign policy, he will "never see it coming".

    June 4, 2009 at 11:42 pm |
  15. Dave

    I feel much better now knowing that my President blames the United States for all the evil in this world. America, are you awake? Do you care?

    June 4, 2009 at 11:39 pm |
  16. Melissa

    Obama continues to amaze me. His ability to deliver a message with compassion, humanity, humility, and determination makes me proud to be an American. It's such a relief to be represented by someone who embodies the best of America...who can deliver a message rather than a sound bite...who is respected around the world as opposed to being despised. His speech was truly inspiring, and I hope he is able to bring about the vision that he expressed tonight. I believe he has defined a path to peace and security – I pray for his success.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:36 pm |
  17. Shirlie Parker

    President Obama has set the bar high, for himself and for his belief that logic will open the lines of communication. I hope the majority of interested parties will meet the challenge and open their fists and accept the heartfelt beliefs and handshake of this Chrismatic President and his nation who sincerely believes in supporting human rights everywhere.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:32 pm |
  18. jimaka

    I am tired of the term Muslim World, there is no Muslim world, just like there is no christian or jewish world, they kill each other and disagree on a regular basis just like Jews and Christians and all people. If we want candor then we speak to all people, what is right is right and what is wrong is wrong in all religions we are the people of the world!
    Let us talk in an honest way!

    June 4, 2009 at 11:29 pm |
  19. Amer

    I believe Israels and Palestinians need to work together. They need to find a solution to live in peace and harmony. Obama gave a wonderful speech about this issue. Fighting each other will not get either side any where. This war has been going on for over 50 years, its time to get along with each other.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:22 pm |
  20. Tracy Nance

    For the first time in many years, I am proud of who is representing us as Americans. President Obama is an eloquent, thoughtful speaker who is able to take a strong position, while communicating understanding and insight without accusing, threatening, or promising that which cannot be delivered. He speaks the truth without confrontation. So many of the world's cultures do not find it appropriate to confront others, and confrontation has been used inappropriately by past administrations to influence these people.
    Anderson, "Terrorism" is a relative term, use of language as you know can be power.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:20 pm |
  21. Michelle

    Obama artfully wove globalism into every portion and spoke of ‘E Pluribus Unum: Out of many, one’… very Roman. He spoke of ‘common aspirations to live in peace and security’, of the 1200 mosques in America , and how the U.S. government has gone to court to protect the right of women and girls to wear the hijab (Islamic garb).

    I could not help but think of the many young ones who are denied the right to carry a Bible to school, to pray, to have Bible study, and now Homeschooling being threatened. Where is the ‘protection’ of the ‘aspiration’ of Bible believing young people? And ‘aspiration’ for the unborn to live.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:16 pm |
  22. toshi

    President Obama delivered an excellent message to begin a new relationship with a Muslim world. He is such a gift to all of us!

    What concerns me most after listening to his message is the use of money to solve the problems! What happened to the reliance of American value of hard work and a fair return on our sweat resulting on economic success. How can our President take care of our economic mess when he relies on exhaustive borrowing as a means of solving our economic problems without bankrupting our American citizen's ability to pay fair tax. As an American I am more selfish to our needs than the Muslim's. I realize that we are in one world and we need a holistic solution to our changing world but the Pres needs to pay more closer attention to his plan of action in his economic solutions. He needs to promise less spending as a solution to the relational problems. His message of spending bothers me greatly since this will affect my generations of my family in the years to come.

    We spent our blood and sweat to build and hold on to our American values in the last two and half century and we need Pres to practice our American values rather than verbalize it and wasting our way of life by practicing new economic generalization. This is not a conservative message but it is an American message.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:16 pm |
  23. frank from waterloo-canada

    Every American should be aproud of what their President did today. He has reached out in a very humble and smart way to almost quarter of the Earth population. Many of our american brothers and sisters may not know the extent of dislike the past eight years have brought to them from virtually everyone around the world. GOP policticans in Senate and Congress along with past adminsitration officials led by the ruthless Dick Cheney and his follower G. Bush have brought single handedly disrespect to the US from virtually all corners of the Earth. They simply are warmongers and are absolute slaves to the extreme right who have alwasy considered Israel interest first even before the Amercian interest

    The speech of Obama will hopefully reset the cycle of hatred, that has been built over the past eight years and which has been fueled by the human virus called 'AlQaeda' and by the right wing party in the US. 99.99% of Mulsims are peace loving people and so does the majority of Jewish and Chriostian religions. But the media and politcians have demonized them and have created instability throughout the world.

    I hope the cycle of violence will end during an Obama Adminsitration and that the Right wing Israeli come to the conclusion that they can live in peace with their brethern the palestinians even within an area covered by mostly Muslims.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:09 pm |
  24. Jay

    President Obama’s ability to walk in others shoes is why so many like him, his ability to articulate it in simple words is amazing, and the way his body language and facial expressions emphasizes them so people from all countries and back ground, outside the USA relate to him is without precedence. I wonder if he speaks several languages. Any one disagrees? Why?

    June 4, 2009 at 11:09 pm |
  25. ernie from California

    Its simple. President Obama is not a politician. He is a Statesman.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:04 pm |
  26. Ron - Atlanta,GA

    Great job on the speech obama.i agree about what that white man said during the expert analysis about how no american president has spoken to the muslim world as confident and honest as obama has.he is leading us into and more peacefull world step by step.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  27. Steven in Chico

    I am a conservative to the core and I voted for President Obama because I believe that God will use him for the "greater good" . Every Christian believer should be praying for this man who has chosen to serve his country in the best way he knows how . Pray that he has wisdom , knowledge and understanding and ultimately protection from harm for both him and his family . I don't necessarily agree with every policy , but he deserves our support both spiritual and moral . I don't agree with him on his posturing toward Israel and it would seem that he is sending the wrong message to them in the overall picture . The USA is not against Muslims , but we are against terrorist organizations and those who are linked to terrorist activities . The history between Israel and neighboring countries is as old as the world itself and will never be settled by any man .

    June 4, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  28. Ali Cheema


    June 4, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  29. Lance Coley

    President Obama message was on point by calling them extremists. Using the term terror only promotes these global nuisances to blend into Muslim society. These extremists need to be segregated from all of society vice being cloned in our world's religions and races.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  30. Mery Reisinger

    Charisma follows where ever he goes, whenever he speaks, what ever his topic. Obama is the man of the hour, everywhere in the world.
    I hope he brings peace to all people.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  31. Michael

    I'm disappointed in our naive president and his apology tour. To equate our missteps after 9-11 with the heinous behavior of radical Islamists is moral relativism in the extreme. Frank and honest dialogue is what is needed.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  32. Sharon

    I don't think anything in the Obama speech today convinced the fanatical muslim terrorists who will stop at nothing to annihilate America and Israel. He dishonored the memory of the 2700 Americans who died on 9/11, when he apologized for our country's actions afterwards. Everytime this man speaks, I feel less safe. I don't now how our country is going to survive 4 years of this administration. He is not a force for good or promoter of Democratic principles. He is taking us down a path that is weakening our defenses.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  33. Don

    As he did today in Cairo, Obama summons the best from the people he meets. That is a sign of leader. In the darkest and most dangerous of times, the United States has had the extraordinary good fortune to find a great leader. In the 18th century it was Washington, in the nineteenth Lincoln, in the twentieth FDR. I think this man could very well be of that caliber. He's young, and he's been on the job for about 4 months. Let's hear what he has to say, and listen to the resonance within our own hearts, and possibly find some ways in which to help him.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  34. mike from denver

    We the Americans have to first see Muslims as humans. Then we need to see what was said by our president today. He didn't shy telling that the terrorists are the problem, even speaking from Islamic Soil, he was truthful and fair. what he said was truth, that we need peace and it has to come from both sides, we have to forget our petty differences and hope for something bigger than all of us.
    I do not think that Israel wants peace, they never do. They were running Armageddon drills lately; is like making people think OMG, OMG, The shy is falling. "The Iranians are going to start a WAR"....Fear tactic is a play they play it well and the outcome is they get to do whatever they want through that excuse, even deny Obama and continue settlements.
    Time for change is now.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  35. iyke

    the presidents, speech was one great one that could bring the world together.the world peace is at treat and the only way fowared was for the world irrespective of our religion to found away and co-existently leave as one.this is the best time now to bring the one world to leave as one,may god bless obama.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  36. Kamal Rathi

    This is the most truthful speech I have ever heard from any politician from any country. It need a lot of guts to speak the truth when you are not sure about the consequences that truth will bring. Despite of thinking about possibilities of alienating his allies across the world and his followers in USA he spoke his heart and his believe. Today will be marked as one of the most important day in the history of the world if he is able to follow his word. Good luck Mr. President. The world needs you to success.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  37. elizabeth henderson

    President Obama may have aimed his speech at the Muslim world, but his words gave pause for Americans to reflect on who we are, who we should be and who we can be in forging peace. His words "heard round the world" herald a focus and challenge for each of us.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  38. IndyVoter

    I am a Christain, Veteran and a proud American who has lived and studied in the Middle East, and I think that our President did a wonderful job. In my opinion he epitomized what diplomacy is all about....Sometimes, I wonder if his critics have ever apologized for anything in their lives, as they seem not to be able to distinguish between an apology and merely stating the truth or clearing the air in order to have an open and honest diologue as our President did today. I too am proud that Barack Hussein Obama is our President!

    June 4, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  39. Jim

    It is time that someone actually had the courage to speak the truth about the Iaraeli-Palestinian conflict. If past leaders had been more concerned about truth and fairness and less concerned about their political futures, we would have had a more balance Mideast policy, and much of the conflict and hatred we experience today would not exist. I fully expect those that have their heads in the ground and benefit from the status quo will be quick to attack this man of truth and vision.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  40. Marie J Lemonnier


    It is so refreshing to hear your program. All day I was sure that the speech was perfect all the way. President Obama is such a good speaker. but every time that David Gergen is on I know its going to be positive toughts coming from him. President Obama is doing so much to make it work if only pple would be positive, It would be so much easier on him to go forward.

    Thank You Anderson to have a positive program with positive pple that visits you

    June 4, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  41. Ali Cheema


    June 4, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  42. John

    It is refreshing to have a president that can speak in a way that makes real attempts at building relationships and partnerships. He attempts to engage all parties to participate in finding the solution. The US does not have the answers; even if we did, we could not force them on others. Thank you Obama; I am also proud we have a president who can put together complete, logical sentences.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  43. Ken

    I am so proud of this President !! He has the courage to stand up and make the correct comments about the issues in the world. The Middle East conflict is one of the greatest issue facing the world. He went directly to the conflict to set the agenda for the next four years. Hats off !! We must talk about the truth in the face of adversity. Muslism; Christians and Jews must learn to fight through the adversity of Islamic fundamentalism so that we may create a more perfect world for our children.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  44. Deen, India

    I felt Mr.Obama’s speech is nothing but a “Lip Service”, how can America be a good neutral moderator, while they have unbreakable unconditional tie up with Isreal (The enemy of Islam)
    How does America expect the Palestine Muslims to pay the toll for holocaust, If Isreal has a right to exist as a jewish state because of holocaust it should have been in Germany. Can any one prove that Jewish were the only people massacred by Hitler.
    Lets admit that this Isreal is nothing but theodore herzl’s master mind which even started before these holocaust, Why did they Zionist congress refuse to Uganda project.
    Stop these non sense “right to exist”

    June 4, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  45. sid

    the President's speech was a fair analysis of the current conflict between the west and Islam. It opened up minds and provoked positive thought towards the muslim community as a Whole. For the first time a positive light has been shed upon the religion of Islam based on authentic verses of the Quran. I see alot of hope for unity among mankind and finally perhaps a begining to the end of violence in the world.

    Weymouth Mass.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  46. kyle

    President Obama's speech was successful in that it was truly "honest". While he made it clear that Israel will remain as America’s strongest ally, he showed elements of “tough love”, where America will press on Israel to follow international allow, to stop the establishment of settlements and road blocks and allow for the birth of a Palestinian state. The United States can longer expect the Palestinians to make concessions for peace without asking the Israelis to do the same. The conflict will only be solved when both sides are treated equally and both meet the demands for peace. President obama is protecting Israel and being “honest”, and is also expanding America’s bonds to include the Muslim world, a vital part of the war on extremists.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  47. Hesham shawa

    President Obama's speech was great eapecialy with the Palestinian / Isreali issue. We just want this to be followed with actions that can be felt on the ground.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  48. Monica

    Really sad at all the christians that are tearing down and ripping apart our President. Give him a break and be tru to the call of Christ and be prayerful and peaceful.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  49. Ric Tomlinson

    I am so proud of the speech Obama gave today. I really think he should have said more about the Muslims cleaning up their own house and stop worrying about us here in the states. Thanks for your time.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  50. Isabel, Brazil

    Hi, Maureen!

    How are you?

    A moment of clarity in the middle of the irrationality of the long war in the Middle East. That was the speech of President Obama. But there are times when it is inevitable the feeling of being right in front of someone fair, but naive. Speaking of women's rights in countries where they do not have the most basic rights, talk about democracy when the largest ally of the United States in the area has a totalitarian monarchy, criticizing the Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory when the Israeli government makes a shift to more the right. Everything seems unreal.

    But despite the ingenuous tone I liked the speech. It could not be different. A speech with a conciliatory tone, even in self.

    Many criticized the President, finally, because he spoke on the themes like democracy, women's rights and religious freedom, but of the diffuse form. I do not agree. I think the tone was appropriate. Don't enter the house of others to scold anyone. In this case,he was diplomatic as some. Point to Pres. Obama. Point to the US.

    See you later...

    June 4, 2009 at 9:55 pm |
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