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June 2nd, 2009
06:00 AM ET

President Obama to visit Egypt this week

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="President Barack Obama speaks about the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing by General Motors June 1, 2009 from the White House in Washington, DC"]

From CNN's Jim Acosta and Bonney Kapp

The White House says President Obama’s trip to Egypt this week fulfills a campaign pledge. But that may be up for debate.

In October 2007, then candidate Obama said the following in Iowa: “One of the things I’ve proposed is to call a summit in the Muslim world within the first year of my presidency that I would lead and would invite Muslim leaders from all around the world.”

Mr. Obama said roughly the same thing to author Richard Wolffe, who writes about the Muslim summit proposal in his new book, “Renegade.” "If I had a Muslim Summit," Mr. Obama tells Wolffe, "I think that I can speak credibly to them about the fact that I respect their culture."

But the White House says there will be no such summit. Instead, the president will be delivering a speech at one of the region’s most important universities. The White House points to this statement from the president that he made back in August, 2007: “As president, I will lead this effort. In the first 100 days of my administration, I will travel to a major Islamic forum and deliver an address to redefine our struggle. I will make clear that we are not at war with Islam, that we will stand with those who are willing to stand up for their future, and that we need their effort to defeat the prophets of hate and violence.”

Technically, the trip falls after the first 100 days. But who’s counting.

Filed under: White House
June 2nd, 2009
05:59 AM ET

What’s on Tap – Tuesday, June 02, 2009

A photo of the Airbus 330 that went missing over the Atlantic early Monday. Courtesy Olivier Corneloup
A photo of the Airbus 330 that went missing over the Atlantic early Monday. Courtesy Olivier Corneloup

Here are the big stories on the agenda today:

  • An urgent search underway for a Paris-bound Air France jet that vanished while flying into thunderstorms over the Atlantic Ocean.  Right now there are new clues into where the flight with 228 people on board may have gone down.
  • A murder suspect's chilling past.  New details about the man charged with gunning down a Kansas abortion doctor.  He may have had an "eye-for-eye" anger toward those doctors performing abortions.  We're live in Wichita with the developing story.
  • A possible test case for the president's Supreme Court nominee.  Will the current justices reject Judge Sonia Sotomayor's ruling in a case alleging reverse discrimination?
  • It's the morning after for General Motors.  The bankrupt automaker is now beginning the painful process of cutting one-third of its hourly workforce and 40-percent of its dealerships.  The company's Chief Financial Officer joins us live.
  • President Obama is leaving for the Middle East tonight.  He’s hoping his visit will begin to "change the conversation" between the U.S. and the Muslim world.  The president will be trying to win over the hearts and minds of millions who are still very suspicious of America’s motives.  We’re talking to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright about how his upcoming Cairo speech can get things off to a good start.

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