President Obama will deliver his long-promised speech to the Muslim world in Egypt next month, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs revealed to reporters on Friday.
Gibbs said the speech will occur on June 4 in Egypt, just before the president visits Normandy, France, to mark the anniversary of D-Day.
While Obama originally promised to deliver the speech during his first 100 Days, senior administration officials privately say the date was pushed back in part because of security and logistical issues. The officials stressed, however, that the Secret Service still has deep security concerns, given the continued tumult in the Mideast.
Gibbs said the White House chose Egypt because it is "a country that in many ways represents the heart of the Arab world." The press secretary deflected several questions at his daily briefing about whether Egypt is a wise choice given President Hosni Mubarak's resistance to making his government more democratic.