June 4th, 2009
09:53 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 06/04/09

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Did you see Pres. Obama's speech to Muslims today? We'll play parts of it for you tonight. And we have reaction to his message from around the world.

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  1. Sathya, Chicago IL

    Hi Anderson,

    President Obama is really courageous to reach out rest of the world. It really shows the rest of the world what real America is. He has done some thing no US presidents never done before. This kind of leader the wold needs, who is open to dialog and shows mutual respect ......

    June 4, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  2. Aman Khanna

    The relation of America with the muslim world has always been fragile. Today, Pres. Obama has shown his intention to make this relation more stable, he has said things which prior administration had never done before. Now the quintissential question is what he would do put those words to action, answer to this question would (if answered) would pave a new road of civilization into the muslim world that would start from White House and end into the very heart of the muslim community.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  3. Sharon S

    Happy Belated Birthday Anderson!! Sorry I'm late!!

    Good evening all! I can't wait to see the villans in color!

    June 4, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  4. Karen C

    Erica, absolutely. The only way to change the frame of reference for all people is to stop using childish sobriquets. To be honest, the Bush administration's use of such things as "axis of evil" and the constant theme of terror and terrorists, not separating just WHO they were, is part of what became so cartoonish. Violent extremists is far more accurate. It could even be carried as far as people like the murderer of Dr. Tiller. Violent and hate filled extremism certainly knows no bounds. It's a problem, and spreading outside of Al Qaeda. It must not be acceptable.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  5. joe

    Obama's Speech this morning was brilliant benevolant and dignified wayyyyyy to go! this is the begining of the end for all of this petty violence. Bravo

    June 4, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  6. valerie

    Hello Anderson and the rest of the Panel. You guys are the greatest.

    I loved the Presidents speech. It's a breath of fresh air to see and hear a President with such confidence, integrity and respect towards all mankind. This only confirmend that I did indeed vote for the right man. God Bless America and thank God for President Obama.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  7. Rebekah

    evening Anderson and Erica =]

    i'm very glad Obama didn't use the word "terror" i think people in Arab and Muslim countries are pretty dang tired of hearing about "terror... terror.... War On Terror" it's kind of like Weapons of Mass Destruction... after a few uses people start to see just how ridiculous it sounds. also, obviously trying to distance himself from the Bush Administration.

    OH MY! i'm soo excited to see these pictures and video of Hitler and the Nazi's! i'm a HUGE history geek – especially when it comes to the Holocaust and World War II. it's like the moment is actually caught in time when the picture is in color and looking at the photos you can really feel the intensity and the fear in these shots. amazing stuff...

    June 4, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  8. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Those pictures were a bit eerie...but as a history buff, I did enjoy seeing them!

    June 4, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  9. Miss J

    Not to knock that Hitler story you guys just did, but didn't we have the technology and computer expertise to put this in color many years ago? Or are you saying that those were original rare photos that were already in color?

    June 4, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  10. ahmed

    Its refereshing to see a paradigm shift in washington .....having said that it will also be intresting to see how muslim world reacts to it ....( much will depend on Obama adminstrations actions ...........particularly......challenging ........isreali .....palastenian issue

    June 4, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  11. Mary Lee

    A remarkable speech- not because President Obama's thoughts are unique, but because he expresses the beliefs that are truly in the hearts of most Americans. We are tolerant, we are united, we honor freedoms and we appreciate truth. He has articulated our ideals and, thus, has called us to duty.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  12. Esma

    Hitler is even creepier in color.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  13. Imran

    The speech is a great start but action speaks louder than words. Now President Obama have to match his action with his speech. This speech will open the door with Muslim world to come to common solution.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  14. Isabel, Brazil

    great pictures ... this is pure history ... I like very much

    June 4, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  15. Doug

    wow those pictures are creepy in color

    June 4, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  16. Dulcie - Denver

    To Erica's question: Yes, absolutely. I think that eliminated the words 'terror' and 'terrorism' was very important to the Arab/Muslim world. To many of them, sloppy usage on the part of the US has made it seem synonymous with Islam. And it should not be. There are many peace-loving Muslims in the world and the probably outnumber the extremists.

    'Extremists' is a much better term. I, for one, don't care for Christian extremists either.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  17. Patrick, Rockville, MD

    Unfortunately the term "terrorism" has become synonymous with the Islamic faith. I am glad the President knows this and is using his oratory skills to be respectful to the Muslim world. What a great and considerate man.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  18. Cessy, Chicago

    good evening!

    I'm not sure if I agree that this is the most powerful speech ever given by a president addressing the Muslim world...

    June 4, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  19. Krasi, Houston, TX

    @Erica, definitely! I think this removes the association between the Muslim world and terror. Very thoughtful.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  20. LisaL - Canada

    oh David Gergen – a very good point about President Obama creating the path that he intends to follow. he is absolutely correct. in order to get somewhere, and achieve an objective, you need to have an end goal in mind. taking the necessary steps is easier once the path is defined.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  21. Martin

    As an American and a Jew, I'm proud of our President's courage and wisdom. If the Jewish community can look beyond its own selfish interests, they will appreciate the power and the meaning of his words.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  22. Cristy

    It was good not to use the word "terror" since the middle east would be turned off.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  23. Karen C

    David Gergen,

    I was thinking, do you not think that this raising the bar on ones self, is not what he and even his wife, are kind of all about? They seem to represent that constantly in their life. Almost like that is simply how they thrive. It might not be possible, but, to me, the core of all I have read of his work and listening to both Obamas, that they almost have that as a life mantra. If you don't raise the bar you won't get there, kind of mentality (which, so far, seems to have worked fantastically).

    June 4, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  24. Joe Terrogano

    This President is a thoughtful man who thinks about now and the future. Criticism for asking both sides to look at their contributions own to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the only way to any peace. Conservatives like to deny any culpability, it's always the other guys fault. Grow up!

    June 4, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  25. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    @Erica, I do think that was very wise of the President. By continuing to use the word 'terror' we continue to associate Muslims with that word...and it becomes a stereotype and that's not fair to the majority of the Muslim populations.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  26. Greg, Austin Tx

    Hope and Change. That's what Obama promised long ago. Maybe it IS possible to change the world. It's at least worth a try.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  27. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    @Erica, no, the President shouldn't use semantics. If we are calling a guy who kills an abortion doctor a terrorist, what about people who have killed over 3000 Americans? They are terrorists no matter what term the administration chooses to use.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  28. Michelle in L.A

    As to David Gergens last stmt, maybe that is exactly what we needed, to be held accountable, some one to say out loud what needs to be done- basically, sign a contract and work towards it.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  29. dorothy

    Hi Anderson – you were so funny on R&K! Made me laugh out loud many times. Love you doing that show. You and Kelly play off of each other so well!

    Erica – I absolutely think it was wise for the President not to use the word "terror". I think the speech was a very good thing.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  30. Steve - NC

    Yes, I think it was an excellent decision not to use terror, and it was remarkable that he used the term "holy" to describe the Kuran. What a courageous president we have. We are so blessed.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  31. Isabel, Brazil

    @ Erica Hill

    I agree with you. President Obama spoke not word terrorism once, preferring, as a kind of exchange, the term "extremism".

    I think this was an effort by the President to take off an idea of the other in the sense that Islam and terror are not synonymous.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  32. Jasmine - Spokane, WA (Spoklahoma!)

    I feel it was nice of him to not use the word. Connotations are cruel and this is definitely a nice change in a politicians' rhetoric.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  33. Miss J

    do you believe it was wise of the president to not use the word “terror”?


    Shows that he doesn't only associate the Muslim world with terror

    June 4, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  34. Caitlin - NY

    Aparna: As an average American, and teacher of our youth... I was inspired and motivated by Obama's speech. He artfully spoke of all of the ideals I believe in as an American, respect for ALL people, and a yearning to live in peace. I am so proud to be an American and, just as importantly, a member of our world.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  35. Anna W.

    @ Mike, Syracuse:

    "Obama referenced the need for a Palestinian state, but failed to say that it can’t come as the result of the elimination of Israel"


    Perhaps you didn't listen carefully enough. The President absolutely addressed the primacy of Israel's safety and integrity. He was very forceful on that point.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  36. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Aparna, not ALL average Americans loved it.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  37. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    I am going to have to watch the speech again that President Obama gave. I could not watch it through and through. I have to leave to go to work this morning.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  38. Nizze

    I think Obama is awesome

    June 4, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  39. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    To be honest, I find all of Pres. Obama's speeches incredibly patronizing. But given the often lacking world context within the general population, he does an excellent job of not *appearing* patronizing. His speeches are both reassuring and forceful, which is important in solidifying both public opinion and international relations.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  40. Van

    All style no substance.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  41. Minou, New York City

    I'm so glad Obama is not using words like "terror", "evil", "rogue nation" all the time. Words are very important.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  42. Steve - NC

    In his speech, Obama has cast a new vision of how the world can work together to address common problems.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  43. ericacnn

    do you believe it was wise of the president to not use the word "terror"?

    June 4, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  44. Jasmine - Spokane, WA (Spoklahoma!)

    it was nice because in the speech you could pick up that Obama was happy to be in the Middle East. Unlike Bush where there was this lingering feeling like he was forced. Nice to know Obama can be genuine in his thoughts and actions.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  45. Isabel, Brazil

    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.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  46. Michelle in L.A

    Happy Thursday Peeps!

    I so enjoy hearing President Obama speaking, so articulate, courageous, empathetic, understanding, humble, honest. The majority of the people are thinking-"Yes, we can all get along".

    He is exactly the man we need right now as President of the United States. I Love our current President.

    Anyone dissatisfied with his speech is obviously just looking for an excuse to keep war, and hatred going – AKA – The Devil – here to still, kill and destroy.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  47. Susan, Vancouver B.C.

    I cannot remember a speech that was more important and more well delivered than the one President Barack Obama gave today. I am heartened by his intelligent, compassion and call for reason. I hope the greater good will listen.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  48. Esma

    I agree with David Gergen, this is the most powerful speech we've heard, even more so than Jimmy Carter or Bill Clinton. My father is a huge fan of Jimmy Carter, but he is now a bigger fan of Obama thanks to this speech. I'm so ready for positive action, and I think this speech laid the groundwork for such action.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  49. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Why are all the actions on us or Israel? What about the Muslims stepping up too?

    June 4, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  50. Phil from VA

    Aparna... Average Americans loved it.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
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