Webcast of President Obama's Speech in Cairo

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
June 3, 2009
President Obama Arrives to the Middle East

U.S. President Obama delivered a speech at 1:10 PM in Cairo (6:10 AM in Washington, DC). Viewers were able to watch it live at WhiteHouse.gov/live.

The White House Blog previews President Obama's June 4 speech in Cairo:

The history of the relationship between America and the Muslim World is deeper and more complex than the common perception might suggest. Thomas Jefferson taught himself Arabic using his own Quran kept in his personal library, and had the first known presidential Iftaar by breaking fast with the Tunisian Ambassador at sunset. President Dwight Eisenhower attended the dedication ceremony of the Islamic Center in Washington, D.C. on June 28, 1957. President Bill Clinton issued the first presidential greeting for Ramadan, appointed the first Muslim American ambassador, M. Osman Siddique, to Fiji, and sent the first presidential Eid al-Adha greeting to Muslims. And one year after President George W. Bush placed the Holy Quran in the White House library in 2005, Representative Keith Ellison took the oath of office on the same Quran owned by Thomas Jefferson two hundred years before.

With his speech in Cairo, the President will lay another marker, addressing America's relationship with the Muslim World in the heart of the Middle East. Whereas the past years and decades have deepened the rift in that relationship, the President will seek a new start by opening up a serious, honest dialogue to find areas of common interest where we agree, and new ways of communication where we do not. By continuing unprecedented outreach to the Muslim World, the President is strengthening national security and opening up new opprtunities to address some of the problems that have seemed so intractable over recent years.

The speech will be given at 1:10 in the afternoon in Cairo, 6:10 in the morning here in Washington, D.C. No matter where you are, watch it live on WhiteHouse.gov/live.



California, USA
June 3, 2009

Masood in California writes:

Secretary Clinton, President Obama's efforts in reaching to the Muslim World will strengthen relations and will be a new start.

New Mexico, USA
June 4, 2009

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Or one man's perception of what is giving folks a chance to reflect on what is and what might be.

That all depends on whether folks choose to remain stuck on the past or not.

Or fixated in mindset in the here and now, rather than embracing inevitable social change and driving it past roadblocks.

A choice offered rather than imposed I think becomes self evident of intent.

Even when that choice is imposed on extremists out of necessity to regain social order.

June 4, 2009

Gana in Egypt writes:

Thank you so much for coming here at this time. You have the best timing in the world! I need you to be my lifesaver just like the rest of the world need you. THANKS AGAIN!

June 4, 2009

Mostafa in Egypt writes:


Lamia B.
June 4, 2009

Lamia B. in Kuwait writes:

That was a historic moment! Mr. Obama has said what we've been saying for most part of our lives, but what we've always put down as sheer 'fantasies'. He is a visionary and I hope his idealism won't be washed off by the 'forces of darkness', around the world, who won't rest till they prove him, and us, wrong! Mr. Obama has just declared war against racism, ignorance, poverty, inequality, regression and oppression. This battle is not for him alone to fight. it should be for all of us to bring this vision to reality. Please support him. Pray to Allah that Mr. Obama lives long enough to see his 'dream' comes true.


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