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Here is President Obama's statement following the Thursday televised address by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak:

"The Egyptian people have been told that there was a transition of authority, but it is not yet clear that this transition is immediate, meaningful or sufficient. Too many Egyptians remain unconvinced that the government is serious about a genuine transition to democracy, and it is the responsibility of the government to speak clearly to the Egyptian people and the world. The Egyptian government must put forward a credible, concrete and unequivocal path toward genuine democracy, and they have not yet seized that opportunity.

"As we have said from the beginning of this unrest, the future of Egypt will be determined by the Egyptian people. But the United States has also been clear that we stand for a set of core principles. We believe that the universal rights of the Egyptian people must be respected, and their aspirations must be met. We believe that this transition must immediately demonstrate irreversible political change, and a negotiated path to democracy. To that end, we believe that the emergency law should be lifted.

"We believe that meaningful negotiations with the broad opposition and Egyptian civil society should address the key questions confronting Egypt's future: protecting the fundamental rights of all citizens; revising the Constitution and other laws to demonstrate irreversible change; and jointly developing a clear roadmap to elections that are free and fair.

"We therefore urge the Egyptian government to move swiftly to explain the changes that have been made, and to spell out in clear and unambiguous language the step by step process that will lead to democracy and the representative government that the Egyptian people seek.

"Going forward, it will be essential that the universal rights of the Egyptian people be respected. There must be restraint by all parties. Violence must be forsaken. It is imperative that the government not respond to the aspirations of their people with repression or brutality. The voices of the Egyptian people must be heard.

"The Egyptian people have made it clear that there is no going back to the way things were: Egypt has changed, and its future is in the hands of the people. Those who have exercised their right to peaceful assembly represent the greatness of the Egyptian people, and are broadly representative of Egyptian society.

"We have seen young and old, rich and poor, Muslim and Christian join together, and earn the respect of the world through their non-violent calls for change. In that effort, young people have been at the forefront, and a new generation has emerged. They have made it clear that Egypt must reflect their hopes, fulfill their highest aspirations, and tap their boundless potential. In these difficult times, I know that the Egyptian people will persevere, and they must know that they will continue to have a friend in the United States of America.
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petbirdpro

Prayers should be sent up now for the Egyptian Military and the new VP to restore civility and organize an honest and fair election so that the TRUE "people" of Egypt may choose a suitable leader... not one picked from the islamic faction. If the U.S. president is really NOT a muslim... then he will agree and push for the same. For those who believe in the Holy Bible, refer to Genesis 16:12 to understand their origin and nature.

February 12 2011 at 8:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
coreyberengere

President Obama is wise to say this. Deciding whether or not to interfere with Egypt, who is Americans ally, is a extremely hard decision. I believe President Obama truly cares what goes on in Egypt as well as it's people. He just wants to help and he is doing the best he can even from all the bombardment from the republicans and especially the American people. Knowing if we should get involved with Egypt has to be very strategical because if something goes wrong, then we would have an enemy when we need a friend.

February 11 2011 at 12:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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pulsefire

Obama's major mistake here was saying ANYTHING but, since he apparently had to make some sort of comment, he should have kept it short and, once made, should not have wavered from his original position. Try this-----"The government and people of the United States are watching, with great interest and concern, the events unfolding in Egypt. For many tears Egypt has been a force for peace in the Middle East and a good friend to the United States. It is my sincere hope that this relationship will continue. That being said, the ultimate decision will be made by the Egyptian people. Thank you."

February 11 2011 at 10:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
fit2lead70

Let the Egyptian spill they own blood if they want democracy I am tired of cowboy diplomacy where we send our troop over to foreign land to fight for someone else democracy like we did in Iraq and Vietnam. The Neo Con are saying Obama is saying the wrong things; what would you have the President of the United State to do. Oh don't answer that I already know the answer to it; you want the US to storm into Egypt and drag Mubarak out and hang him like Bush did to Saddam and we’ll get to spend the next ten year sink our tax dollar into fix in the Egyptian roads and bridges.

February 11 2011 at 12:12 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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Charlie

Has anyone suggested war with Egypt? Your reaction sounds extreme and contrary to what is going on there... I never heard anyone suggest cowboy diplomacy or sending troops...

February 11 2011 at 3:27 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
tistolaugh

President Obama's position just does not seem to carry the respect or clout with other nations of past president. Perhaps it seems clear to them as it does at home that he is a fairly ineffective leader.

February 10 2011 at 11:53 PM Report abuse -7 rate up rate down Reply
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Charlie

Ineffective? The Egyptian stepped down. HA HA!

February 11 2011 at 3:19 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
truthforfreedom

This President does not give a hoot about the rights of these protesters. He just parrots someone else's words. He has been in a circle since this began. Saying one thing, retracting it and then saying something else. And, then Clapper gets up there and sounds like a total ignoramous. What a spot on this upsy downsy bunch of incomps.

February 10 2011 at 10:46 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
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Charlie

How do you know that the President does not care about the rights of the protesters? When did you gain the power to read the hearts of strangers? How do we know that you wrote your own post, and aren't parroting someone else's words?

February 11 2011 at 3:28 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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