Amid Egyptian crisis, Obama meets with security team
January 29th, 2011
03:49 PM ET

Amid Egyptian crisis, Obama meets with security team

As violence in the streets continued in Egypt, U.S. President Barack Obama convened a meeting of his national security team on Saturday, the White House said in a statement.

During the meeting, which lasted just more than an hour, Obama was updated on the situation in North Africa. He restated the U.S. focus on opposing violence, upholding universal rights, calling for restraint and supporting Egyptian efforts of political reform.

Among the meeting's participants were Vice President Joe Biden; National Security Adviser Tom Donilon; John Brennan, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism; White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and senior advisor David Plouffe.

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  1. Nancy

    I am a white women married to a black man for 22 years.My husband is about to retire from the military. You keep talking about Mexicans and natives Indians,what about the blacks that was forced over hear and fought and died for this country.Blacks that helped builted
    this country and contribited science and tecnology.Sounds like to me you is just as bad as Sheerie ,Canadian. You need to check yourself

    January 31, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sherri W.W.#1~ILLinois

    Evidently,,that a.third of our folks in this country cannot read and understand what they are reading! Go back and read what I really said! I believe it is that,while I stand with the people who want the same freedoms we have,I do think they lose credibility,when they start tearing up and burning the very businesses that they need to shop at! THAT is NOT a smart thing to do. Or ,to destroy peoples homes and looting,etc.What about the 500+people who have gone missing?Many are single Moms~what does all THESE actions have to do with folks wanting their "freedom"? Or letting 1000 criminals out of jail to loot and hurt everyone.Those are the type of things that happen when 1000s of people start carrying on.Freedom is one thing~that is another.Why do you think some folks over there now wish they would forget the whole thing~not all rich either?And destroying the beautiful,priceless things,that only E.has? I thought destroying the Party Hdqtrs was one thing.and destoying the property THEY are going to need,another thing entirely.

    January 31, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sherri W.W.#1~ILLinois

    @Canadian>I am in favor of EVERYONE having freedom! I am NOT in favor of all these nutty folks in this country,who want to be mean to Mexican folks,and I FULLY believe they come here to live decent lives,and do jobs most people here wd NEVER do,no matter what! As for Native Americans,I spend a great deal of $ supporting a wonderful,live~in school for those Native American children,up in N.D., you dont think I give a s*** about~WRONG! As for Canada,I have been there many times~its a beautiful place,and our politicians could learn something by following your countrys`belief in Health Care vs. Bankruptsy we often have to choose from.So,possiblility.YOU.need to be a little quieter until YOU know the facts! More power to th E.people IF they can do it right,and ,if they do not end up under laws and rules much worse than when they started.THAT is to be determined,because there are all sorts of unsavory people waiting to take advantage of those poor folks !

    January 31, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sherri W.W.#1~ILLinois

    @and Nancy>there is nothing "bad" about me,and I agree with you! But,its not Whites or Blacks,or Mexican,or Native American,or whatever one is.We are ALL Americans,lucky to be living here,no matter how poor anyone is,still better off. Pres.Obama is the best thing that we got going for us,never mind the ones too dumb to see that,who vote against their OWN interests! Amazing! And they wil be FIRST to scream if they lose any of THEIR Soc.Sec.,Medicare,whatever!

    January 31, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cesar

    @Nancy, CNN, FOX, and the other networks cover the war every week. Most of us are color blind, unlike you. So when the military is mentioned, blacks are automatically included. Wake up, sweetie, it's 2011. Best of luck to your good man, may he get home soon and safe.

    January 31, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sherri W.W.#1~ILLinois

    @Mykids>thanks for saying what you did,about President Obama.He is trying,as are the "decent"politicians,to stay "in the middle",yet speaking for the people of the same time.We must walk a fine line here.There are NO clear answers yet,and As I said,those poor folks over there,could end up in a worse mess if they dont handle it very carefully.I expect that some people,who have lost loved ones,or have no available food for their children now,or who are missing homes and work places and loved ones,some may be wondering if they really will end up better off.I hope so,but we will see.I saw where one lady said"I wish we could have the freedom America has,but it will never work here!" She is probably in a better position to know than we are.All we can do is pray it turns out ok for them,and for the rest of the world as well.

    January 31, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Come on Sherri,enough with the right-wing mumbo-jumbo! Pres.Obama and the right-wing thugs in Washington are not "in the middle" of anything. They support this cursed Mubarak and are desperately trying to keep him in power because they fear that without him,they will no longer get to pull the strings in the Middle East and that scares them!!!

      January 31, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. 0BAMA illuminati traitor

    The riots in Egypt organized by Obama, Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood
    Mohamed Mustafa ElBaradei the Iranian traitor , the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran want to rule Egypt.

    They want Repression of women, prohibition of education, high unemployment, radical Islam as Iran, Somalia and Afghanistan under Taliban rule...

    As James Earl Carter supported Iranian Islamic Revolution of 1979, so does today Barack Hussein Obama II... SINCE 1979 USA HELP IRAN TO TAKE CONTROL IN Middle East !

    What is the condition in Iran 1979 before the islamic Revolution and today in:

    Human rights ?
    oppression of women ?
    freedom of expression ?

    Today if woman Wearing Jeans or Without a head covering in Iran she will be Punished...!

    All the Opposition parties in Egypt Agreed to the government's changes and for new elections this year Except the Muslim Brotherhood !

    After some months the Islamic extremists will take the POWER and people will be in worst situation then before...

    Do the people in Iran, Somalia, Afghanistan want the Extremists to rule ?

    February 5, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
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