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June 4, 2009
Posted: 1820 GMT

Hello everyone,

The highly anticipated speech, the main attraction, President Barack Obama's Cairo address is now a thing of the past.

The 6,000 word, 55 minute speech, featured only mild allusions to human rights and lack of political freedoms, but was a loud call for a new beginning between the United States and the Muslim world.

We'll talk to Ben Wedeman, in Cairo, about how the speech was received and whether ordinary citizens felt President Obama's address was a game changer.

I did find it interesting that although Kind Abdullah of Saudi Arabia rolled out the red carpet and greeted Mister Obama in person on teh tarmac outside Air Force One, the Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak did not make the trip to the airport, sending one of his ministers instead.

We'll also be live in Germany, where Frederik Pleitgen is covering the German leg of the trip. President Obama will visit the Buchenwald concentration camp, that his maternal grand-uncle Charlie Payne helped liberate in 1945.

Also today, we'll talk about the fiery presidential debate between Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his main, pro-reform rival, Hussein Moussavi, broadcast live on Iranian TV.

Moussavi accused Ahmadinejad of tarnishing Iran's image, essentially for being a big mouth holocaust denier. Ahmadinejad waved a picture of Moussavi's wife on air, blasting accusations her way and turning the whole affair into a personal mud-slinging fest.

Christiane Amanpour is covering that story for us and we will dip into round two of the debate, which will be happening live when I-desk is on the air.

We'll take you live to Brazil for the latest on the mystery of AF flight 447. Investigators there say they've found more debris from the doomed Airbus.

Plus, as always, the rest of the day's top news stories!

See you on TV,

Hala

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Ursula   June 4th, 2009 7:15 pm ET

Iran's election and its results will surely be influenced by Obama's 'olive branch' extended to the Muslim world. His trip's timing is rather ominous, wouldn't you agree?

Ana M. Rodriguez   June 4th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Americans, your president, do not have an idea about the history of Spain.Today, he still thinks that our Andalucia still is muslem.
We Reconquer Spain and our country is base in the christian culture like the the rest of Europe.
We do not trust that muslem culture that is still in the prehistory .

FAISON   June 5th, 2009 8:38 am ET

This is to those noise making Americans who feel that there are above everyone ,why on earth do they think that OBAMA is too apologitic even if he was does that make him weak on the contrary it makes the president more human. Also this notion that he is not being tough is childish talk because if u really need peace u should show others that u are serious not by use of langauge that will only generate hate and anti-America or use of force and besides for those of u who only live in the states and have never been out ,please ask those Americans outside the country how they now feel moving around the globe.Honestly speaking they are very proud and without any fear say they are Americans .

almehel   June 6th, 2009 6:43 am ET

thanks obama your friend in yemen

warren   June 10th, 2009 10:20 am ET

i hope they keep him in germany cause we dont need him

ABBA GALADIMA   June 11th, 2009 7:47 pm ET

i think the obama administration is not just about speeches and visits to the muslim nations, but a wise step towards the co-existence of socio-economic, and political advancement of America, and the not only the muslim nations, but the world at large. I have confidence in your TEAM.
GOODLUCK.

cosmos john   June 12th, 2009 10:30 am ET

hala when are going to resume on idesk

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