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. George

    If the people want Mubarak to go quick they must take out all of his & his family’s residences and as a last resort, all of the government offices as well. But DON’T burn down their own homes & businesses

    January 29, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian

      I have family and friends tweeting from there..and you know what? The looters the trouble makers, the damage makers and the crazy ones are police dressed as thugs! CNN fails to report that, they've even had the people turn in these thugs, they've taken their ID away and discovered police are the ones creating damage!
      of course CNN wouldn't report this...theyre reporting "people are too scared to go outside" yeah right! They are sure coming up with Catchy lines, so are the newspapers, to sell a paper, sell a story.

      January 31, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Well said,Canadian. Thanks for telling it like it is.

      January 31, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • artistchd

      Obama SUPPORTS Black Genocide. The Cover-Up!

      February 2, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bimbombay

    Biden is like a token high school kid. A press secretary (a "spin" artist), homeland security (it must be the Christians and he veterans who caused this). That advisory group could easily start WWIII. Be wishy-washy on everything (allow all points of view), nebulous utterances, blame, point, blab, stand back. That is the door for every whacko in the middle east to step in. Lift off – ignition – WWIII

    January 29, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • McMurdo

      Actually it's all about placating Israel We don't make a move unless it's in their best interest. Our government is here to serve at their pleasure. Look at the billions we spend for their defense. The dictators we support because they're friendly to Israel. Netanyahu pulls the strings and they dance to his tune.

      January 29, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jim Brieske

    Thirty years in power is way too long for any modern day leader of Egypt. That's what President Obama should have said. But he likes fence posts up his b/tt. He is a cowardly leader.
    He is doing same thing he did with the Iranian protestors. We know how that turned out.

    January 29, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • artistchd

      Obama the Divine Demon: YES CK-NWCA vehemently proclaims to our Global-World-Nations, it high time to bring back down to ground level zero of economic naught, the entire empire-vampire of Racist White Supremacy Superiority Sickness Syndromes of Sinister Superpower Snake Serpents!!! Pale faced Arabs and European Caucasoid CaucAsian controls and dominance of Love Goddess Mother Africa Earth Nature!!! Period.

      February 2, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy

    @ Jim Brieske:

    I agree with 30 years being too long for ANY modern-day elected official to serve as President in ANY country, but what's up with the fence post thing? Where'd THAT come from?

    January 29, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Brieske

      banasy. President Obama is using the same approach he used with Iran. He is staying in the middle. He is doing nothing. He could have armed the Iranian protestors and the Iranian nuclear weapon building regime would be history now and a democracy established.
      I didn't say any modern day country because of Saudi Arabia. The issue is Egypt not all countries.

      January 29, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cesar

    I see what banasy means. I was with Jim B, until he wrote about the post fencing.

    January 29, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Brieske

      cesar. What ignore the truth? That's the game you want to play? Why? So your fantasy of Obama as a good president will not be destroyed? President Obama is riding the fence again.
      He is a coward and a p/ssy.

      January 29, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Quite true,Jim. Obama's now scared to death of losing his puppet Mubarak in the Middle East along with all the other right-wing thugs in Washington. They may no longer get to pull the strings over there!

      January 29, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |

    What scares me is that this cursed Mubarak might just ride all this out just like Czar Nicholas did in Russia back in 1905 with his infamous "October Manifesto" which was never woth the paper it was written on!

    January 29, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Markey Marshall

      I feel exactly the same way you do,RUFFNUTT. It's nice to see someone intelligent like you post here since you're well versed on Russian history. Not many people are.

      January 29, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |

      i know alot about russian history and the people because 90% of pizza drivers are russian. alex,oleg to name a couple.

      January 29, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |

      Sorry Markey,I didn't post the above. Someone's trying to make a fool out of me.

      January 29, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |


      January 29, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mahamid abdu

    Hot dogs! Camel Hot dogs for sale!!

    January 29, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |

    I wish we could have this much fun back in the states.

    January 29, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. CaptainAmerica

    Normally I think Jim is a bit over enraged about stuff, but he's right on this. Obama is a habitual fence sitter, and I totally got the fence post comment. This isn't a domestic social issue that he can say is above his pay grade. Even if Egypt did require some stern political structure to control the masses, Mubarak should announce his resignation and hold new elections. He's 80+ years old. Retire already. Enjoy life and all that money he stole from the american taxpayer. Go lay on a beach wearing nothing but Depends.

    January 29, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Good posting,CaptainAmerica. Thank you.

      January 29, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Brieske

      CaptainAmerica. Frustrated about stuff. Because I am usually right so many people attack me instead of my comment content often times disregarding the subject entirely. Then I go on the defensive by calling them names and swearing. Which is the correct procedure, in The Book of Jim, regarding those who know i am right yet they choose to insult me. Ignoring my valuable opinion instead of just saying, you're right.
      And sure I admit some of my ideas are out there, but guess what? They are correct otherwise I wouldn't say them. You must have vision and understanding of the future. Look at the last hundred years. Do you really believe humans will survive another hundred years? More than a few gamblers would bet against humans surviving.
      I am trying to get us past the next hundred year period and most everything I write is based in some degree on accomplishing that goal.

      January 30, 2011 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
  10. laughter

    Tell you what... it sounds like these people are rioting for the very same thing we want... i say we join them

    January 29, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. yellow cat

    All governments are corrupt. Gov't needs to be an open book to and for their people. Shrouds of secrecy feed corruption. This must change.

    January 29, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |

    thunder.. thunder... thundercats!!!.. i thought cheetera was smoking hot..

    January 29, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. helenhull102951

    Why is anything that goes on everywhere else in the world any of this countries bussiness?? That is besides another way or reason to take our troops to another war!!! The government of this country needs to spend more time securing this country and fixing what they F–KED UP... Our country can't even keep the drug dealing Mexican's and their trash out of this country, let alone stopping the flow of income foreingers out!!! Problem is this gov does'nt give a rats azz about it's people, they only care about the foriengors from everywhere else. This country is in SHAMBLES and they can't fix it, it's easier to take us to war so the people of this country won't dwell on the problems here at home... VERY VERY SAD!!!

    January 29, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian

      so typical of someone to say that..only giving a crap of themselves. That's such an American thing to do. The mexican people belong in USA too...we have families that live on both sides of the border. Same goes for Native American people. It's okay, you're all okay in your comfortable little worlds. If there was OIL there, Obama and the army would be there in a second. Theyre fighting for basic human rights, which the mexican and native american have to do too in our OWN HOME TERRITORY! But that's ok...just plug yourself in your Jersey shore tv with your fast food and your ipod covering your eyes and ears and the world will be okay and will keep turning!

      January 31, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  14. leeintulsa

    Didn't any of you read the story? Something about supporting the people's right to choose, calling for reform, nonviolence on both sides? What's wrong with that?

    We should do more? But you rant incessantly about us sticking our noses where they don't belong.

    Good luck to you, and when you get a new leader, give him our number.

    January 29, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Thespoileddjseuropeandamerica

    how interesting that countries americans and europe know nothing about other than gas milage for empire wealthy cars..have some victim revolution fantasy and who are anything but victims..big tears for fat family britian and american revolution fantasy.. You turn down stock profits or good goverment jobs and charity rackets with travel expenses..? True dj hypocrites..big masks of diversity revolution..fight the power.. Hilarious. Really you should have to pay a copyright fee to use the word revolution.. George washington was lame and all these big talkers cry if insulted by gender.bad hair days and new clown peace hippies are just more illusions.. Time to work and build your like never before just like tea party people claim to have built the country the regressed and braindead dj metal country flag big mouths will now build it....cause bush was your guy and cheny was your guy and you are the government and have been proclaiming your superior dj internet freedoms for one decade.right?

    January 29, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      It's so cute when they decry us not knowing much about their country by telling us how little they know about ours.

      January 29, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
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