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. Thespoileddjseuropeandamerica

    dont forget... President Obama was your overwhelming choice of "youth liberty" agenda.. Its all the goverment? A shell game..its all you. Thinking of leaving for other countries? Why? This is the land of "revolution".

    January 29, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sherri W.W.#1~ILLinois

    @JimB Calm down now.You know Pres.O is doin fine.and@George is talkin sensible. That is the one problem with what those folks are doing over there.They need to do it without destroying decent peoples property and businesses,which is THEIR businesses.too.That is the problem when too many people get going on something like this.The sheer numbers of them involved,makes the whole thing finally turn violent.and away from its original purpose,which helps no one,and may hurt a lot of innocent folks,children and elderly as well. Tunisa calmed down,and that is the right thing to do now,before they ruin their beautiful country and the people and treasures of their nation.There are peaceful ways they can see it through now.

    January 30, 2011 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Pres.Obama doing a "fine" job? Get serious,will you! Barack Obama's working for the MIC(military-industrial-complex) who now want to run things worldwide. Enough with this right-wing mumbo-jumbo!!!

      January 30, 2011 at 5:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sherri W.W.#1~ILLinois

    I believe we all need to Keep Quiet in this Country right now.and let our President handle this! There is so much at stake for them over there.and for us.and several other Nations around the World.We dont want a bunch of folks ,who dont REALLY know that much about what about the total Huge problems are,[and that includes myself and most people]messing around in it and saying or doing things to make it worse.This is the time when we let the ones who get paid to handle this stuff,do their jobs without our interference.

    January 30, 2011 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      So the gist of what you're saying Sherri is that Obama and the right-wing thugs in Washington need to stay in control of that part of the world,come what may. So we need to just sit back and let them make an even bigger mess of things by retaining this cursed Mubarak in power,for example. How disgusting!

      January 30, 2011 at 5:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Canadian

      Sherri's comment is disgusting, yes Sherry, take your own advice and shut up about it before you do make it worse! Most American's dont even know about neighboring CANADA nevermind Egypt!! We have friends and family in Egypt that know what's going on and the media isn't even portraying the right facts. CNN is instilling that 'fear' in people, and that is exactly what they want you to do is be IN FEAR! The US gov't uses this tactic on Native American Indians and Mexicans HERE IN THE USA. Take off your rose colored your eyes, because the world is waking up and finally getting the truth about oppression.
      It is ignorant people like you that are the consumer and the brainless wits of this country that contribute to this zombie society....the world is only okay when you are blind, right. Keep telling yourself that.

      January 31, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tony

    Yes helen baby, I know it

    January 30, 2011 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
  5. ed bailey

    I supported our leader until now. Nothing ever changes. I quess power corrupts and absolutely power corrupts absolutely. President obama, why are you sticking your nose into a screwed up situation when CITIZENS of your (joke) country are being treated like garbage. Answer, WE don't mean crap!

    January 30, 2011 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Well put,ed. Thank you.

      January 30, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  6. helenhull102951

    Would'nt you know it, the guy that started all the unrest in Egypt was educated in the United States.. From elementry school to the University of New York, just alittle HINKY don't you think!! Here we go again another case of US involment in a place we have no bussiness dabbaling in... Send in the United Nations Peace Keeping Forces, then our troop involment!!! *Wayne*

    January 30, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Our troops have absolutely no business in Egypt helen,and everybody knows it! In fact,they have no real business in Afghanistan nor Pakistan either!!! Let the Egyptians solve their own problems like the French did after their 1789 Revolution!

      January 30, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  7. ed bailey

    This especially angers me after the blatant civil rights violation the utah state government perpetrated on me. Our government fails us,how and why can our leaders help others gain FREEDOM? Corruption rules the world, the people must fight for ANY rights!

    January 30, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    @Cesar...troops have "no business in Afghanistan" you say? Please elaborate, unless you are not the Cesar I know.

    January 30, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      I will,Philip. We have absolutely no right sending troops to Afghanistan where they're not wanted. What we need to do now is to get both the Karzai regime and the Taliban to the negotiating table and stop this insane carnage!

      January 30, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    @helen was Afghanistan's president Karzai. He is an American citizen also. Anyone who knows diddaly squat about the Koran knows that a true Muslim would never accept a leader who was trained by the infidels. The Koran commands them to repel the invading forces, not vote for a man trained by those forces.

    January 30, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  10. Veritas

    @Jim Brieske Do you really want Mr. Obama to take sides in other countries politics? Your on crack. Why would you want us taking sides in other countries politics? We had that with bushwacker, thats why we're at war on two fronts. Fk them let this 30 year dick-tator seal his own fate. In case you have'nt read it thousands of egyptian-americans were protesting in OUR streets yesterday now lets jump into the fray just because we can. Thats pure stupidity. Usually i agree with you but now your just taking pot shots from your soapbox of anti Obama rhetoric. Stick to what you know diplomacy is not your forte. I think you need less coffee more meds. God bless you in spite of yourself. V.

    January 30, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim Brieske

      Veritas. We have many Egygtian Americans living in the United States of America. President Obama should side with the protestors because they are right. What made you so fuking stupid?

      January 30, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Brieske

      Correction: Egyptian Americans

      January 30, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • myklds

      It's seems to me that you want to make a warmonger out of Obama.

      I don't hear much about Iran's but as far as current crisis in Egypt is concern, I don't see Obama in the middle. In his speech he was vividly sided with the people of Egypt in their freedom of speech and their right of peaceful assembly. And although such statement wasn't enough to ease-up the tension but I think, it had clearly delivered the message to Mubarak that US would neither tolerate nor condone any violent and inhumanitarian move and actions.

      January 31, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Big Game James

    Let Obama handle it. None of you are qualified.

    January 30, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    The US GOV. has been "jumping into the fray" for decades now. How is it that people speak as if they haven't, or argue over wether Pres. Obama should get involved with Egypt? It's laughable really.

    January 30, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  13. what's up

    If you are going to blame any one , blame all the other presidents before president Obama. This has been going on for years. President Obama is a thinker. He's not going to rush into anything unlike Bush.

    January 30, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  14. Veritas

    I voted for Obama i don't regret it and i will vote for Obama again. Thank God he is'nt a war monger like w. Obama would be stupid to arm the protesters to overthrow mubarak. You don't arm an unruly crowd how stupid would that be, the situation is volitile enough without us empowering protesters. We need less involvement in others political affairs. Bring our people home and let the middle east battle it out to the death. No more American bloodshed for others religeous/political zealotry. Lets secure our country and focus on our own issues here at home! America needs peace and patriotism to heal the damage of the 8 year bush regime.

    January 30, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    This rebellion is being portrayed as a demand being made by Egyptian citizens who want to enjoy our brand of freedoms, when in reality it is a protest over their leader being in cahoots with ours. Do a little research and you will find that both Mubarack and Barack Hussein Obama are blood relatives decending from the same family of Arab-African slave masters. True Muslim's know of this, and want no part of it in their homelands. Fake Muslims who profit from this cozy relationship have no problems with the infidels invading. Money is more important to them than Allah is.

    January 30, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
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