June 4th, 2009
03:51 PM ET

iReport reactions to Obama's speech

Editor's Note: President Barack Obama delivered a much-anticipated “speech to the Muslim world” on Thursday in Cairo during a whirlwind overseas visit to Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Europe.

A new national poll suggests only one in five Americans has a favorable view of Muslim countries, and most believe people in Muslim countries have similar feelings toward America.

What do you think of Obama's message? Are you concerned about the way Muslims have been portrayed in recent years? Is the Muslim religion at odds with American values or democracy?

Are you concerned about the way Muslims have been portrayed in recent years? Is the Muslim religion at odds with American values or democracy?

See more reactions to President Obama's speech and post your own.

soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Tim

    Dear Anderson,

    How does Rush Limbaugh reconcile his distaste of moral equivocation of the Nazi Holocaust perpetrated upon the Jews and the plight of Palestinians, with the following statement?

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

    In fact, events in the Warsaw Ghetto during WWII, which were considered one of the Nazis most horrific acts, lasted for 3 years, while the very similar situation in the West Bank and Gaza has lasted for 60 years.

    June 4, 2009 at 7:26 pm |
  2. Alaa

    If I wasn't an American , I would love to be an American living in Obama's time , I've seen , listened to many Arab and Muslims leaders speechs and never seen one after Mohamed Anwar Elsadat using holy Quran evidences that Allah created the world to warship God and build and live in peace , It was from the heart to the mind

    June 4, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  3. Kate

    We should all be proud to have such an amazing President representing America. Of course, the Republicans are going to run him down, but who cares. I think they should just CRAWL off into the sunset. They are the ones who scare me!

    June 4, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  4. penny

    "Pres Obama going to the Muslim world was a part of his help but they will have to help themselves to the fruits of peace and harmony and see how great it is for our world that we all live in."

    June 4, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  5. Cyril Sam

    Pure rhetoric, mostly hot air, which is an insult to anyone intelligence who knows the complex relationship between the "west" and islam.
    Nevertheless, its a start.
    What needs to be seen is how our policy towards the east/islam takes shape after today and whether they lead to easing of tensions and conflict that exist.

    June 4, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  6. Gravity Heights

    i strongly believe that obama's speech in egypt will be the primary cause of bin ladin's capture and the calapse of the taliban it ia only a matter of time

    June 4, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  7. gabrielle Rosenberg

    I think Americans should be proud to have Obama as our President.
    His speech was articulate, intelligent, sensitive and honest. He spoke with feeling and much forethought. He tried to address all, not just the university students he spoke in front of.
    He told us that change will come from all of us appreciating and respecting each other.
    Change will come with Barack Obama, our very impressive president.

    June 4, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  8. Susan Williamson

    I was impressed with his speach and believe it came from his heart. He is not going to make everyone happy, but more good was said than bad. He was correct to address the youth. They are the future leaders and of the 21% world population of Muslims 55% of that population are under 30. With equal education, and encourgement this generation might move forward instead of rehashing what has already happend.

    Maybe we should all heed the words Do unto unders as you'd have them do unto you.

    June 4, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  9. Wahida Karmally

    President Obama is phenomenal_he is the world's leader!

    June 4, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  10. M.Ali

    As an Arab American, of Egyptian parents, living overseas I thought that his speech was fantastic, serious, honest, blunt and transparent very much like his inauguration speech . Don't get me wrong I loved it all but the best part was when he spoke about human rights. What he did was effectively tell the "Head Of State" in Egypt that his state is a facade, although lets be blunt he is not the only one. That his brand of "democracy " there does not exist. It is just a word that is thrown around to the world but is empty especially without the freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of association etc etc. Millions have thought it , he said it.

    Mr. President I could not agree with you more. 🙂

    June 4, 2009 at 4:15 pm |