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June 2nd, 2009
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President Obama to visit Egypt this week

President Barack Obama speaks about the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing by General Motors June 1, 2009 from the White House in Washington, DC

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.


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  1. tamer sobhy

    I do believe that the visit to Egypt means a lot to the Egyptian administration. Egypt is already boasting with the visit on the national TV and saying that Obama chose Egypt because it is the most important country in the Arab region. I am not criticizing Egypt for saying so, but shouldn’t such a declaration come from Obama himself. I do believe that the visit is really significant in a way of emphasizing the two state solutions for Israel and Palestine and the right of the palestinan to return to original homes and lands .

    June 3, 2009 at 1:39 pm |
  2. james stoernell

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    June 2, 2009 at 9:01 am |
  3. Anne Selden Annab

    I hope Obama gets to the root of the Palestine/Israel conflict by making it clear that basic human rights and the rule of fair and just laws are crucially important, as is every home and family... A just and lasting peace has to start with FULL respect for the Palestinian refugees inalienable legal, moral and natural right to return to original homes and lands as clearly affirmed by international law all along: People should not be harassed and pushed into forced exile because their supposed race or religion.

    June 2, 2009 at 7:40 am |
  4. Daniel Nelson

    I think that we should respect their culture with the exception of killing or stoning and flogging of people who break their laws! Prison and rehabilitation is the way of God who has hope for all people to be saved!

    June 2, 2009 at 7:10 am |