June 4th, 2009
10:59 PM ET
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Sheri, N.Y

    The president's speech was great and historical. Egypt must be proud of being in continues part of history. This speech reminds me by the president Anwar Sadat (Egyptian president) in 1977 to Israeli knesset before the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. It was great, historical, and cited from the three holy books as president Obama speech. God bless good people every where in the world who are looking for peace and God bless the United State of America.

    June 5, 2009 at 10:50 am |
  2. Amir Shahzad,NY

    President Obama's speech was a great message of peace for whole world and we should respect it and we prey for him may Allah bless him
    to do what he said.Amen.

    June 5, 2009 at 10:03 am |
  3. Omer Ilias Espinosa Ahmed

    I have to say, for the purpose that the speech served, Obama did an almost perfect job. Also, for those like Mike from Syracuse calling for moderate Muslims to criticize radicals, they have been doing so since before 9/11. Imams, professors, statesmen, and even Muslim rappers like Mos Def have publicly denounced terrorism repeatedly. Obama seems to recognize this and is trying to bring together peaceful people of each of the Abrahamic faiths with a message of mutual respect and cooperation.

    June 5, 2009 at 2:44 am |
  4. Andy

    This was a fair and balanced speech by Pres. Obama. It is very important we continue this dialogue and show Muslims in this country
    and around the world that we respect them and their religion. Leaders around the world need to address Isreali nuclear weapons. How can you tell other countries in the Niddle East they can't have nuclear weapons, but its okay for Isreal to have these weapons? These are the inequalities people see around the world, and must be stopped before we can move forward. This was a great speech based on fact and history. Now we need action. Pres. Obama was correct when he said that most leaders talk about peace and democracy when they are out of office but they are dictators when in office. David Gergen said this was the greatest speech ever given by a US President about the Muslim world and People in the Middle East. I agree.

    June 5, 2009 at 2:34 am |
  5. V.J.

    What President Obama has stated in his speech, no other American president before, has publically had the boldness to say it publically. He has wisdom and insight to the real problems of the Middle East. End of politics of partiality; recognize the rights of Palestine and Israel to coexist and to end violence on both sides. His emphasis on a balanced approach to world problems (not that America is right always and everyone else around the world is wrong approach is refreshing to hear.).

    June 5, 2009 at 1:44 am |
  6. Nahom, Canada

    I've got to say I'm vastly impressed with your president. You've got a leader who takes actual proactive action on issues concerning not only the nation he is responsible for but issues concerning the world.
    On another note I'm curious to understand Terry, TX's comment, the fact you've elected your first de facto Muslim President is that good or bad? I could probably assume from the fact you woke up early but I'd rather not and instead hear it form you

    June 5, 2009 at 1:41 am |
  7. peter,chicago.

    We have agreat,faithful President at last. I hope his taught and aspiration will bring us together .

    June 5, 2009 at 12:29 am |
  8. Mike Deist, FL

    The beauty of being President is that it doesn't really matter what anybody thinks. President Bush proved that in the past eight years. Now, the Republicans can whine for eight years and watch their numbers dwindle as they have nothing to offer but criticism.

    June 5, 2009 at 12:14 am |
  9. Elsa Edwards

    I again thank Christiane Amanpour for her knowledgable input. She was "spot on."


    June 5, 2009 at 12:03 am |
  10. Paulette M. Williams

    Words are a start. If you listen withouy bias you here a conscious individual homoring the divine in another community. Something that is needed more all over the world. He did not speak down to them and he did not blame the intire population for the sins of a few radicals. Boldly he addressed openly issues that we all discuss at our dinning room tables but have not found a means to resolve. I also live in texas and there are Muslims on my block and in many homes in the community. So I guess I have something in common with President Obama. Just as the Hispanic Judge whom I hope will join our supreme court justices. This president has lived the oppression that Muslims have and can identify with their plight better than a white male. That is not racist it is fact. The greatest problem America faces today is the white male feelings of being displaced as the affluent of this country and the beginning of true equality. It is not a comfortable position to be in but it is the position that all human being have the divine right to share. I am extremely grateful that I have lived to see this day and witness this country being lead by a person who is awake no matter what his race. That fact alone will give us all the opportunity to live peace seeking lives, because he will honor all humans knowing that only in doing so can he honor himself.

    June 5, 2009 at 12:02 am |
  11. pat westbrook

    President Obama's speech will go down in history. His speech was riveting. It should be used in classrooms. Our lives are changing right before our eyes. Change has come just as he promised. World peace is no longer something that pagent contestants say for show. Our President has made it a possibility. If you keep listening to him you will eventually change just as you would if you keep hearing GOD's word. U will change. We will change. I have changed. Have you changed? Keep listening even if you are in despair & change will come. Knowledge is 'the new currency.' Knowledge is power.
    Hosea 4: 6 (KJV) My people perish from a lack of knowledge.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:33 pm |
  12. teri

    I felt that the presidents speech was both moving, and inspirational for me. I also feel that he is doing what he needs to do to get the things done that he would like to accomplish. i am a very proud american.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:29 pm |
  13. Dave, Tampa Florida

    The President’s speech started out fine; it had its positives, but quickly digressed into the US being a terrible country.
    Sure there have been some missteps in the past, but WHY? Does he have to continue to put us down? We are a great nation that in spite of our flaws. I just don’t get it. Who’s for America?

    June 4, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  14. Pam

    I was so proud of Mr. Obama. He said what needed to be said. He spoke tfor all Americans and people over the world. People want to live in peace. I ask all on this blog to pray for our President.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  15. mohamed

    great job Mr President.
    Obama stated his vision toward the muslims and the opion that he thinks will best work for everyone. The best and interesting part I heard was the issue between Palestine and isreal. to me, i think every single problem between America and islamic world will end soon, if the issue between this two countries are solved.

    June 4, 2009 at 9:56 pm |
  16. abdul

    for all muslims out there we need to open a new window with the west like obama was purposeing.I am a muslim and i think we are tried of west's media talking wrong about our religion. so need to show them what our religion compelles us to do and make peace with the west. war isn't going to get us anywhere its just going to kill our brothers and sister.

    to a new beginig

    June 4, 2009 at 9:53 pm |
  17. Ruby Coria LA., CA.

    President Obama, was great & no matter what he does or say, someone out there will nag about it. Someone stop Ms. Chiney Chick, He did great.(period.)

    June 4, 2009 at 9:31 pm |
  18. Terry, TX

    We have elected our first defacto Muslim President....I got up early and listened to the whole speech.

    June 4, 2009 at 8:32 pm |
  19. ibri

    The speach was tremendously inspiring and peacefull. Obama has not only inspired the US but now he's inspiring the entire world. Since the war on terrorism, muslims were afraid to show their religion in America as they were discriminated and pushed. The speech was very emotional and made muslims around the world proud of their religion. Obama did not made this country weak, he made it stronger.

    June 4, 2009 at 8:31 pm |
  20. Lynn

    Mike in NY: You are not accurate. President Obama stated TWICE that we need to state in public what we say behind closed doors. The Muslim audience knew what he meant.

    June 4, 2009 at 8:03 pm |
  21. Aadil Lakhi

    In my humble opinion, the speech was the definition of greatness. When Barack Obama speaks, he elevates all that listen. I hope his message of peace will inspire everyone on all sides. Peace. Tolerance. It’s possible.

    Johannesburg, South Africa

    June 4, 2009 at 7:04 pm |
  22. Annie Kate

    Obama's speech was good; if he left out some of the negatives discussed in prior comments, then it reflects the fact that you don't go to make friends by telling them what all THEY have done that is wrong over the centuries. You accentuate the positive and work on the negative after both sides sit down and are willing to work out our differences.

    June 4, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  23. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Great points Harry. Obama also failed to ask (or demand) that the vast majority of supposedly moderate mainstream Muslims step up and confront the terrorists who live among them, and are sheltered by them.

    June 4, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  24. Isabel, Brazil

    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

    June 4, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  25. Harry

    I carefully read the text of the President's message in Cairo I applaud this step to dialogue however I am troubled at the embrace of Islam at the cost of truth. Specifically:
    "Islam paved the way for Europe's Renaissance and Enlightenment". While Islam was one of many factors that influenced the Renaissance to say it paved the way would deny and denigrate the many other factors, especially the growth of Christian (and specifically Roman Catholic study, thought and humanities), the influence of the Far East and the very richness of the European people themselves.
    "Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance": Bigotry, persecution and violence is a tragic and inexcusable facet of all religions. But few have practiced such persecution as Islam. The "conversion by the sword", historically known, deep and violent enmity between Shiite and Suni Moslems, the present day common (but rarely reported)persecution and murder of Christians in Islamic countries all speak of another tradition.
    America as an example of a country where civil rights were won without violence: What about the Civil War? Did not this bloodiest of American wars to be fought on American soil, bring about the end of slavery and the start of the long, albeit too slow, path to civil rights?
    These are just a few examples of glaring falsehoods that contradict the very message the President was seeking to bring.
    I hope that one day the President's much touted eloquent speech will contain substance and content to match.

    June 4, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  26. Alice

    I am very proud of our President, and the words he used in his speech were perfect.. It showed that he is sincere about bringing all people together. The response by Al Queda showed how they fear that this President can and does connect with so many.. Americans must continue to support our President and not allow a few to change his words and its true meaning.

    June 4, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  27. adela palenzuela

    Unless we free Palestine now, today ,from the cruel and endless
    occupation from Israel. How Mr President can we talk about peace in the Middle East or any Arab's countries?

    Free Palestine first, then go on with the negociations

    June 4, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  28. Ozzie

    Forgotton Muslims
    Somalia is 100% Muslim and it is in chaos and war for near 20 years.
    We're responsible for the chaos in Somalia and watching on TV for the suffering of civilians. The Intel community knows the cause of this war and no one seems to care. If president Obama wants to help and reach MUSLIM community around the world. Then start the needy ones and help Somalia stand it is feet and get rid-off the HAWALA money transfer here in US and all over the world. They're the one who are making millions of dollars per day and they're the ones who created so called AL SHABAB and financing as well. They're the ones who recruiter young Somali Americans and sent them to Somalia for JIHAD. There is no JIHAD is Somalia and as far as I know no one is forcing Somali people to change their religion = that is when you're in JIHAD not when you're making MONEY and the new government is thread cuz they will rebuild the central bank of Somalia and take away from the money printing machine that they have. DAHABSHIIL MONEY TRANSFER = AL SHABAAB – PERIOD. If you want to find out the truth go inside Somalia and see what is happening. I visited this year and 2007 and it is obvious who are the financier of this war. We all know how expensive war is

    June 4, 2009 at 2:07 pm |