Obama speaks to Egyptian president
President Barack Obama speaks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in the Oval Office on September 1, 2010.
January 28th, 2011
06:40 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama speaks to Egyptian president

(CNN)-President Barack Obama spoke to Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak by telephone and urged restraint Friday night. “I told him he has a responsibility…to take concrete steps that advance the rights of the Egyptian people. I'm calling on Egyptian authorities to refrain from any violence on peaceful protesters."

Stating that the White House is "very concerned about violence in Egypt," he continued, “I believe the Egyptian people want the same things as the rest of us...a government that is fair and just and responsible.”

“The U.S. will continue to stand up for the rights of the Egyptian people,” he affirmed. "This moment of volatility has to be turned into a moment of promise."

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  1. Sniffit

    Let's see all the Obama-hating idiots from the previous post apologize for speaking too soon.

    What? Silence? Hmm....

    January 28, 2011 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |

    Mr. President, don't start what we can't finish, We are still in 2 wars and please advise but keep our troops out of it.

    January 28, 2011 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  3. carol fryday

    freedom for all. End repression.Justice and peace must prevail!

    January 28, 2011 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  4. Paul Ernest Show

    The president has a very delicate terrain to move through. While the old foreign policy of supporting repressive regimes simply because they protect our interests should be done away with, because it's selfish on our part, the role of Mubarak in making peace in Asia cannot be totally discarded or ignored. Egypt may fall into the hands of Islamic fundamentalists, and given their record, both the US and Egyptians interests will unequivocally be sacrificed. A genuine political and economic reform should be our demand, while discouraging this mass demonstrations, that can leave Egypt vulnerable for extremists to capitalize on.

    January 28, 2011 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  5. Serge Crespy

    It just may be that it is time for Egypt to adopt the wisdom contained in "The Constitution of The United States of America" !!!

    January 28, 2011 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  6. S. In California

    Finally, a president who REALLY and simply understands..... nothing more needs to be said.

    January 28, 2011 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  7. MAC

    If the islamic radicals take over the governent we could have another Iran and not only we will be in trouble, but other Arab Nations and Isreal who is one of our few real friends in the world who would come to America's aid id we were in trouble.

    January 28, 2011 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  8. Albo58

    How about calling on those "peaceful protestors" to refrain from committing violence, setting fires, and looting during this "peaceful protest" or is this ok?

    January 28, 2011 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  9. Limbaugh is a liberal

    “The U.S. will continue to stand up for the rights of the Egyptian people,” Yes, just like the US stood up for the rights of the Iranian people by supporting a repressive tyrant before the revolution, and then, not accepting that our puppet was gone, even funded Saddam Hussein to kill tens of thousands of Irani civilians.
    Egypt should watch out! The US is coming to 'help' the people of Egypt!

    January 29, 2011 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  10. Peter Q Wolfe

    Nevermind the fact that American Foreign policy supported and still supports dictatorships all around the world! Yes, America wih the Shaw of Iran to many others like Saudi Arabia's dictator like king to all manners of individuals to better ourselves. This is the american way of doing things via feeding off of the ignorant population. Corporations own America and western values not the people who supposedly run the show. The question is are wwe an empire or an representative democracy? Seriously ask yourselves this though and look into critica and proAmerican newspapers, peridocals, etc with plenty of books to find ou the hypocracy of America. Patriotism is for supid individuals in any counry that usually consist of 100% of the population ofthe world.

    January 29, 2011 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  11. diridi

    Obama, do not go to these Muslim guys...Iraq...Iraq...Iraq...you remember.....they even hit with shoe....remember???????? let us prosper...bring manufacturing...strict immigration...fuel-efficiency....focus...USA!!!!!!!!!!

    January 29, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |