President Obama's Middle East Speech: Live-Blog

May 19, 2011

President Obama is today giving his first major address aimed at the Muslim world and the Middle East since the Arab Spring movement swept aside regimes in Egypt and Tunisia, and rocked governments in Libya, Yemen and elsewhere in the region.

We're live-blogging in this post before, during and immediately after the address (which is scheduled to begin at 11:40 a.m. ET.). There's no need for you to refresh; this page will do that for you every two minutes.

Audio of the address will be streaming at the top of this post and on Also here on The Two-Way, NPR's Andy Carvin will be co-hosting a conversation on Twitter during and after the president's speech. You can submit questions on Twitter via the hashtag #MEspeech.

We're also planning a live video stream as Andy and Marc Lynch of's Middle East blog interview Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, on Twitter, after the address. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit