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April 6th, 2009
03:00 PM ET

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American Morning viewers bestowed praise on President Obama and the First Lady, as they continued their trip abroad. Many viewers were optimistic about the future of international relations:

  • BeeBee: I think Obama is doing a wonderful job uniting the US to the world! We can no longer rule the world we must partner with the world. People like Gingrich & Rumsfeld don't understand our new world and step out of the picture forever! We don't want old men with their mentality to be our leaders.

Even former naysayers waxed eloquently about the President:

  • Mike: I have to say although I was NOT happy with President Obama when he got an attitude with Ed Henry regarding when he knew about the bonuses; however, I have been impressed by his actions since he became our Leader. The PRIDE I am feeling as an American is beyond my ability to express that pride in written word! Maybe I can finally start traveling Europe again!

How do you feel about President Obama’s performance abroad? Do you believe he appropriately represented the United States and our interests? Was he too submissive or apologetic, or did he represent the U.S. with strength and dignity?

Some viewers took offense at Mr. Obama’s closing comments during the press conference with Turkey’s president:

  • David: I felt the press conference with Turkey’s President Gul today went very well...until President Obama's closing comments. He stated that the United States was not a Christian country, or Jewish country, or Muslim country. While trying to make a point about our religious freedoms, he offended me with this comment. As our Pledge of Allegiance states: "One nation, under GOD..." We are founded on Christianity, and we should remain steadfast on these grounds. We can still negotiate with the Turks without misrepresenting the beliefs of the most powerful Nation in the world.

Do you believe the President’s remarks in Turkey were inappropriate as the viewer above states, or were Mr. Obama’s words an attempt to present the U.S. as a refuge for religious freedom? Let us know what you think on these issues and others of interest to you.

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Filed under: We Listen
April 6th, 2009
12:49 PM ET

U.S. not a "Christian nation?" Call our hotline 1-877-MY-AMFIX

President Obama and Turkish President Abdullah Gul hold a joint news conference Monday.

President Obama and Turkish President Abdullah Gul hold a joint news conference Monday.

President Obama visited Turkey Monday where he said that "one of the great strengths of the United States" is that it does not consider itself "a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values."

Do you agree with the President's comments?

We want to know what you think. Call our hotline at 1-877-MY-AMFIX and we will play some of your comments on-ar tomorrow.


Filed under: Politics • Religion
April 6th, 2009
10:57 AM ET

Ex-Bush speechwriter: Obama achieved little on overseas trip

David Frum, former speechwriter for President Bush, critiques President Obama's trip to Europe.
David Frum, former speechwriter for President Bush, critiques President Obama's trip to Europe.

President Obama visited Turkey today. It's the last leg of a trip that also took him to France, where he got NATO allies to share more responsibility for Afghanistan, and to London, where the leaders from around the world tackled the global financial crisis.

So how did the President do?

David Frum is a former presidential speechwriter and founder of newmajority.com. He joined us live.

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What do you think? Was President Obama's trip to Europe successful?


Filed under: Europe • Politics
April 6th, 2009
10:30 AM ET

First Lady takes world stage

First Lady Michelle Obama takes the world by storm. CNN's Suzanne Malveaux reports from Prague.
First Lady Michelle Obama takes the world by storm. CNN's Suzanne Malveaux reports from Prague.

From CNN's Suzanne Malveaux

This morning Michelle Obama goes back to being Mommy in Chief. She's at the White House to see her daugthers Sasha and Malia off to school.

But this comes after an extraordinary trip overseas that still has much of Europe talking.

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What do you think? What is behind Michelle Obama's popularity overseas?


Filed under: Europe
April 6th, 2009
09:30 AM ET

Rice: "Grave concern" over missile launch

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice speaks to CNN's Kiran Chetry about North Korea's rocket launch.
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice speaks to CNN's Kiran Chetry about North Korea's rocket launch.

North Korea's controversial missile launch on Sunday sent the UN Security Council into an emergency session and President Obama was woken up at 4:30am with a phone call in Prague.

It's the President's first major international security dilemma. But even after hours UN officials left their late night meeting with no response.

America's Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, joined us live.

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What do you think? What steps should the United Nations take in response to North Korea's missile launch?


Filed under: North Korea
April 6th, 2009
08:51 AM ET

New American image?

Washington is split over President Obama's approach toward repairing a damaged U.S. image. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.
Washington is split over President Obama's approach toward repairing a damaged U.S. image. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

As the President travels to a predominantly Muslim country, a new image of America is reaching a side of the world where friends are sorely needed.

After eight years of George W. Bush, President Obama is talking a lot about "mutual respect."

So far, Europe has responded. But some in Washington aren't so sure it's the right message.

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What do you think? Is President Obama repairing America's image abroad?


Filed under: Europe • Politics
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