Obama says Egypt's transition 'must begin now'
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in the Oval Office in Washington, DC, on September 1, 2010.
February 1st, 2011
06:46 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama says Egypt's transition 'must begin now'

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama warned Tuesday of "difficult days ahead" for Egypt and said the transition following President Hosni Mubarak's earlier announcement that he won't run for re-election in September must begin immediately.

In a brief statement to reporters at the White House, Obama pledged continuing U.S. support for both a longtime ally and the aspirations of protesting Egyptians, whose eight days of growing demonstrations led to Mubarak's dramatic announcement on state television.

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  1. BeanerECMO

    BS. And right after Hosni said he wasn't going to stand for re-election; the BHO administration took credit for the 'decision'. Never let a crisis pass.

    February 1, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  2. Ahmed

    Egyptians will continue seeking thier freedom and moubark regime will end shortly

    February 1, 2011 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  3. Ruth

    Please send Bill Clinton in person to advise Mubarak to step down immediately. Then peace can quickly be restored to Egypt in a manner consistent with not only the request of the Egyptian populace, but in the best interest of U.S. diplomacy. This will precipitate an orderly democratic society to emerge in Egypt, rather than fostering a regime like Hamas to get their foot in the door. No one can charismatically get a point across better than Bill Clinton and effectively make it stick.

    February 1, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  4. Beth

    Your senior correspondent in Alexandria appears to have worn the same clothes for several days. What's up with that?

    February 1, 2011 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  5. NameLUIS BEVILACQUA

    How do you think that people from Egypt already have this guy for 30 years and now Mubarak wants to change the constitution and change law 70 and 71 of the constitution because he want to change people in power every certain time...but for him is good 30 years.

    February 1, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  6. JMikhail55

    Wise and responsible advice from Obama. Still I am worried that  The Great Nuclear Egyptian Scientist who has a political experience a little bit more than my puppy with political opinions and actions recently similar to my toddler's tantrum. I wish to die before he becomes the president of my Egypt.

    February 1, 2011 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  7. Nadeem

    President Obama has done what every advisor told Bush to do, what Bush said he wanted to do, but was to chicken to actually do.

    The President is bringing democracy and freedom to the Middle East without a cost to our treasury or spilling american blood.

    Bravo Mr. President.

    February 1, 2011 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  8. sara

    The President has handled the Eqypt situation Skillfully. Despite with "cold war Gergen and CNN/Fox News" says as they opinions. Mubarak has a 30 HX with the U.S., President Obama has NOT used the Bullhorn to INFLAME this situation. You don' t sell your" buddies" out. If you do what would our relationship with Isreal and the other Muslim nations think. He would only be feeding into the Middle East Muslims paranoia that America is trying to "dictate" how they run their lives. It is the Egyptians to DECIDE who they want to be their leader, It is obvious that the Presidents "antagonizers" such as CNN/Fox News, including Gergen wants the President to adopt the familiar "Cowboy" mentality because they knows nothing about diplomacy as they has become used to the "bully" mentality of the past. Which hasn't done anything for us as a country.

    February 1, 2011 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |