Obama: Egypt has options
February 6th, 2011
05:58 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama: Egypt has options

(CNN) - President Barack Obama said Sunday that the future of Egypt is in the hands of its people, and that their options consist of more than the current situation or the Muslim Brotherhood.

In an interview that aired before the Super Bowl, Obama stressed that the opposition Islamist umbrella group is only one faction in Egypt.

"They don't have majority support in Egypt, but they are well organized and there are strains of their ideology that are anti-U.S.," Obama told Fox News' Bill O'Reilly. "(But) there are a whole bunch of secular folks in Egypt, there are a whole bunch of educators and civil society in Egypt that want to come to the fore as well."

Obama said he's confident Egypt can have an orderly transition process that leads to a representative government "we can work with together as a partner."

Sunday marked the 13th day of protests in Egypt as demonstrators continue to demand change. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said he will not seek re-election when his term is up in September, but when asked if Mubarak will step down before then Obama said the United States can't dictate Mubarak's actions.

Although the crisis in Egypt has monopolized attention in recent weeks, Obama reiterated the theme of his State of the Union Address, saying he's focused on how to "win the future," but that doesn't mean he's "moving to the center."

"I'm the same guy and my practical focus, my common sense focus right now is how do we out-innovate, out-educate, out-build, out-compete the rest of the world," Obama said. "How do we create jobs in the United States of America, how do we make sure that businesses are thriving, but how do we also make sure that ordinary Americans can live out the American dream because right now they don't feel like they are."

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  1. scieng1

    Obama should shut up about Egypt and let the Egyptian people pursue their own course.

    February 6, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  2. UFO2012

    The best option that Egypt will choose is to STOP supporting Israel and USA government and it is their right !!
    The USA and Israel MUST leave the people of Egypt ALONE !!!!

    February 6, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  3. Monster Zero

    Egypt has options and so does America, what you are seeing in Egypt will eventually happen in America should we stay the course our current Usurper pushes us. Destroy America's middle class and pit the haves versus the have not's and see what transpires, I am surprised it has not happened yet. Hungry people without hope of prosperity or advancement for their families breeds dissent and with a 14 trillion dollar National debt and close to 20 million unemployed and under employed American citizens, we are well on the way.

    Change the Change 2012, vote ANYONE WITH INCUMBENT by their name OUT!

    February 6, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  4. John Brady

    hey lets take all the foriegn aid spent and wasted in the middle east as we go around preaching the wonderous malarkie of democracy and spend it on our own country to create jobs and technologies.
    Please Mr president lets bring our troops home and save the taxpayer billions.
    America lets get our own house in order and stop throwing stones in the glass house built by Barach Obama. Put America first. Once thats done, we can tell the rest of thw world to go to-hello.

    John Brady

    February 6, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  5. cliffdogg

    While I sympathize with protestors in Egypt, we saw what Iraq was like when a transition is abrupt and a country becomes crippled from lack of gov't.

    February 6, 2011 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  6. dud

    The sad thing is is that now Obama is mimicing Ronald Reagen. I did not vote for that.

    February 6, 2011 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  7. Howard

    Obama has no principles and no integrity. All his decisions are based on his own political survival. I just hope he doesn't sell out the future of Western Civilization, by opening the door to the Muslim Brotherhood. Obama is already selling out the economic future of our children and grandchildren. Obama has already flushed the constitution, and our American traditions down the toilet. This guy has got to go in 2012 !!!

    February 6, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  8. Lisa Mitchell

    The "American Dream" seems to have been greatly distorted and or miscontrued in the last 2-4 decades. It seems to have become an entitlement or handout of some sorts, and I for for never interpreted the intenet of the American Dream to be such. My simple version of returning the dream option back to the Americans.....bring our troops home, bring our jobs back to America, end corporate management of our country, educate our children, treat our addicted and mentally ill, house our homeless and treat your neighbor the way you want to be treated! I am very aware it is not just as simple as that, but does it really need to be as drawn out, expensive and complex as it is being made? I am not blaming anyone specifically for the current condition of our country, as I think it is a culmination of many years of greed, and failed policy. I do believe that Obama has done a wonderful job with what he had to work with. Not to everyones liking, but the President has passionately, and consistantely fought for what he believed to be the right thing. If nothing else, he earned my vote for his courage to take on the job in the face of all he had going against him. You go Obama!!! You can't do this alone, and if those in the house and senate want to work against you, you need to reach the American People who will fight with and for you! OBAMA 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 6, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |