I’ve been live blogging pres Obama’s speech. It’s all done now, but we’re hear all day to receive your assessment of what he had to say. Here’s the live blog as it happened.
1206 On goes the standing ovation. The audience seem to love him. But it’s not just the few thousand there who matter. This speech was for global consumption. We’ll be taking your reaction all day at WHYS.
1205. It’s over. Finished with these lines – ‘The people of the world can live together in peace. We know that is God’s vision. Now, that must be our work here on Earth. Thank you. And may God’s peace be upon you.’ Well…. what did you think?
1204 I’d always wondered why Pres Obama always looks 45 degrees to the left or to the right. Then I realised that was where the autocues are.
1203 ‘There is also one rule that lies at the heart of every religion – that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us.’ Do feel America lives up to this?
1202 He’s addressing young people now. Does it include me? sadly i fear i no longer qualify.
1200 Your response so far is glowing. Is no-one unconvinced? I know that normally Obama fans are keener to share their opinions than his detractors. If you’re a critic, are you grumbling quietly to yourselves, or is Pres Obama bringing you round?
1200: iKasperr again on twitter: I want someone to start an Obama chant at the Cairo speech. He really deserves it after this wonderful speech he’s giving.🙂
1159 More enthusaism on twitter. Yet_for_you: Whoaaa! Assalam Allaikum.. Obama rocks! Isreali’s should leave Palestinian Settlements! (Obama i owe u dinner for speaking out at Cairo Univ)
1158 benandbarnet on twitter: Watching Obamas speech on Cairo. This is the man to bring the world closer together.
1157 I wonder how many of you have stayed with this speech from the start. It’s long by any standards (bar Messrs Chavez and Castro) – is he holding your attention?
1156 lots of applause for his big points on women. But the audience is so big it’s impossible to tell if half and the majority of the audience is clapping.
1153 Now it’s women’s rights. This is nothing if not wide-ranging. ‘ I reject the view of some in the West that a woman who chooses to cover her hair is somehow less equal, but I do believe that a woman who is denied an education is denied equality.’
1152 Stephen in San Francisco: He is not a miracle-worker, and he will certainly not put the interests of Muslim countries above the interests of the US. It seems that many Muslims, and many others besides, expect him to drastically alter the way the US conducts its affairs, and that will not happen.
1151 This is confident. He’s telling Muslims what to do. ‘And fault lines must be closed among Muslims as well, as the divisions between Sunni and Shia have led to tragic violence, particularly in Iraq.’ But the crowd seem to be taking the advice without complaint.
1148 ‘Surpressing ideas doesn’t make them go away.’ I wonder who in the audience he has in mind.
1147 OK, you can watch speech here. No audio stream available from BBC at moment.
1143 Stefan’s emailed WHYS: Please broadcast the speech, leave the analysis for after!!! Shame on you! Obama was just getting to the meat of the speech!
1143 Couple of criticisms of BBC coverage just come in. Shell in Honolulu: why would the bbc interrupt the president’s live speech with commentary? Very disappointing.
1141 World Service has stopped carrying the speech. Not sure why. Will try and find another feed of speech for you to hear.
1140 Jonathan Marcus – it’s what we expected but seeing him doing it gives it a ‘gloss’ and an impact.
1138 Now the Palestinains turn. They must give up violence – it doesn’t work. Well, there’s several issues to debate there. ‘Violence is a dead end’. Always, I wonder?
1137 Two state solution is the answer Pres Obama says to another round of appluase. He’s says he’ll pursue this with ‘dedication’. I wonder what Israeli PM is thinking.
1136 Thiss is strong stuff. Too strong? Of the Palestians… ‘They endure the daily humiliations – large and small – that come with occupation. So let there be no doubt: the situation for the Palestinian people is intolerable. America will not turn our backs on the legitimate Palestinian aspiration for dignity, opportunity, and a state of their own.’
1134 We will be ‘respectful; of sovereignty of nations’. AR (see comment below) – is that meet your demands? Or do you want more from Pres Obama?
1133 Big big round of appluase on reaffirmation that Gitmo will close.
1132 About Iraq – we’re a partner not a patron. Do those of you in America, feel that’s the true relationship? Are you supportive of the money and lives committed to Iraq.
1132 ‘Iraq’s sovereignty is its own.’ Do those of you in Iraq feel that American actions bear that out?
1130 trisignia on Twitter: watching Barack Obama’s Cairo address. He’s making me proud to be an American in the Middle East.
1128 America is not at war with Islam and never will be. An explicit promise from Pres Obama. I know some of you feel that’s not the case, so is he convincing you?
1126 BBC’s diplomatic corr Jonathan Marcus says ‘it’s a speech with humility’ but he still has tough messages. Picks up on Pres Obama connecting his personal experience with wider issues of Middle East.
1125 Chrisstorms on Twitter: The “Holy Koran”? That’s strange for a Christian to say. When in Rome… I mean when in Cairo do as the Muslims do.
1122 Kamal in London again on our sister site Have Your Say: USA injustice can not be sweet-talked out so easily. Arabs want to see actions rather than fancy speeches. America should learn to apologise and compensate for the losses. Why is Obama shaking hands with Saudis and Egyptians while preaching democracy to Iran, Cuba and China, please get real!
1122 Here you go. ‘We are shaped by every culture, drawn from every end of the Earth, and dedicated to a simple concept: E pluribus unum: “Out of many, one.” ‘
1121 He’s just spoken in Latin. Don’t hear modern politicans doing that very often. One minute, I’ll check the transcript to see if I can find what he said.
1119 AR Shams in Pakistan hopes to hear ‘key points declaring that US would not, on its own accord, keep the intention to invade any country in future.’ We’ll see, but I’m not sure you’re going to hear that AR.
1118 if this isn’t enough for you, more coverage of President Obama’s Cairo speech here. There will be a full transcript as soon as it’s over.
1116 ‘I am a Christian.’ This speech may be aimed at the Muslim world, but that one was for some Americans as well I’d think.
1115 Roberto posts on WHYS: … it looks to me like Obama is busy leveraging his global status to address the middle east directly in an historical setting. Maybe something akin to the purpose JF Kennedy’s famous Berlin speech designed to soothe a jittery ally.’ Maybe this is why he’s trying to keep expectations down Roberto… that’s a big comparison.
1114 Pres Obama wants a new beginning. But ‘no single speech can eradicate years of mistrust’. A good point or just trying to dampen expectations?
1113 Bright blue ties seem to be everywhere. Gordon Brown and David Cameron both had them all yesterday. Clearly the colour of choice. Anyway I digress…
1112 Tensions between West and Muslim world have been partly caused by colonialism, he says. Is that fair?
1111: Rajendra in Dubai says: ‘Obama should continue strengthening the peace process with the Muslim world. This is important to ensure world peace, and resolve problem states like Pakistan.’ Let us know if he’s matched your expectations Rajendra.
1110 Plenty of thank yous and he’s off.
1109 Any moment now…
1108 Aravind in Bangalore posts at Have Your Say: Just by touring Obama cannot improve US relations with Islamic world. It looks like more of appeasement tour. Obama should really work on finding far reaching solution to Middle east problem.
1104 Moshe in Israel post on the Have Your Say pages: I am not waiting to hear what he is going to say but do. As he his a “feel-good” liberal he has no ideal how to deal with delicate situations like the Middle East. Will he be able to improve ties? that is always possible.
1101 BBC’s Christian Fraser says in a report that Pres Obama was up late tinkering with the speech. Well I guess he’s finished now as an embargoed copy of the text has just arrived in my email inbox. let’s see if what he says matches up to the email (I can’t publuish it without damaging relations between The White House and the BBC.)
1100 Our diplomatic corr Jonathan Marcus is live on air ready to give his response to the speech. He’s the man when it comes to these matters, so I’ll want to hear what he has to say.
1058 Adamu in Nigeria texts: We hope Obama’s visit to Saudi & other Arabs states brings peace not only to the Arabs world but to the entire muslim world.
1057 Ronald in New York texts: Do we want stability or an Islamist in power? What will happen to peace with Israel? Mubarak is our man!
1056 Now BBC World News tv saying we’ll have lift off at ten past.
1055 You can post your reaction to speech below, or email here.
1054 I feel like I’ve heard this speech already, and pres Obama hasn’t said a word. We’ve had days of speculation, with some passages leaked to the press. But the delivery will matter as well as the content.
1050: Announcement over that we’re expecting speech shortly.