The two met at the White House Tuesday. Obama sees Egypt as potentially a helpful player in moving the Middle East peace process forward.
The one-time democracy advocate and then president of South Korea, he focused on trying to improve relations with the North.
The Libyan intelligence agent convicted in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 drew closer to release from a British jail on Tuesday when a procedural hurdle was removed.
The Egyptian president hopes Obama will back away from Bush's push for reform, which caused a rift between the two nations.
The former, and perhaps future, US presidential candidate criticized Obama's policy, comparing rules about where Jews could live to racial segregation.
Ryan Crocker was a major force in helping to turn around Iraq, Presidents Bush and Obama say.
The indictment of more than 100 Iranians being tried en masse for opposing the regime opens a window onto the world view of those who fear change most.