I wonder what elements of the Republican Party will react strongly to this. Obama and President Gul of Turkey press conference. Obama's Islamic outreach. Transcript. - Lynn Sweet I've said before that one of the great strengths of the United States is -- although as I mentioned, we have a very large Christian population, we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation; we consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values.