White House calls on Egypt to take specific steps
February 9th, 2011
03:06 PM ET

White House calls on Egypt to take specific steps

President Barack Obama's spokesman on Wednesday called for specific steps the Egyptian government needs to take to satisfy the demands of protesters convulsing the country.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs called for expanding the negotiations with opposition groups, lifting the state of emergency and making constitutional changes to bring about democratic elections.

"We think more has to be done, and more importantly, I think the people of Egypt think more has to be done," Gibbs told reporters.

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  1. Ernie

    What is with oue government sending so many mixed up messages? The President says one thing, the VP says many things, none of which agree with the last thing he said. Hillary says something else. Maybe they should get their heads together & find a course of action helpful instead of a mass of confusion! Washington seems more confused than Egypt!

    February 9, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimmy Dunn

      Our government is pretty much clueless on this one, but then so are a lot of the analysts. I happen to be one of those, and repeatedly this whole thing has driven me crazy, along with a lot of other people. What is interesting is that our government stays about one or two steps behind the current thinking.

      February 9, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      We have a fundamental problem. We built our country based on few fundamentals which attracted many genration like my family to immigrate to US 80 years ago. The fundamantals are: Equality, Freedom of Speech, Openness, Respect to individual and indpendance of religon and government. President Obama had a speech several months ago un Cairo and promoted freedom. Our government stock between values we belive we over 100 years and support of Israel regardless. That is a main problem. Israel is becoming a liablity issue for our fundamentals. Even CIA has enclosed that information. So we are doing nothing, since we do NOT want anti-Isreal government, regardless of what price we have to pay such as disregarding our values and fundamentals. That is a reason, we are loosing a respect throughout the world.

      February 9, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • MC

      The US Armed Forces should liberate the people of Egypt with a much lesser cost than in Iraq and much more beenfit than befriending Iraqis. It is time tha the US choses the side of the oppressed, not the oppressor; of course the same principle of freedom and rights should also apply to the Palestinians.

      February 9, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      What do you expect those goons in Washington to say? The events in Egypt are making them look lke the very fools that they are!!!

      February 9, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael O'Rourke

      Come on MC,get real! Don't you think that our armed forces did enough damage around the world already? I do!!!

      February 9, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Stoomzee

    Liberate the people of Egypt!

    February 9, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Quatchi

    All the decisions of Mubarak and his regime and those of the Obama administration are favouring the Egyptian citizens.
    Egyptians: Stay strong and keep up your protests for weeks and months if you need to!
    There is no turning back now.

    February 9, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Guest

    The hypocrisy of the Obama administration. Why don't they just say: Mubarak , you are a dictator. We've been buddies, but sorry, your time has come.

    February 9, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • endrew

      But Cheney thinks he is a "Good guy"....in their world may be.

      February 9, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • jean2009

      Do you know that they haven't said that in private?

      February 9, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. person

    Why does the United States think that they're on top of the world and that everybody wants to hear their opinion?

    February 9, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      If a country takes billions of dollars from us, they at least have to listen to our suggestions.

      February 9, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • MC

      Rich, why don't you say the samething to the Israeli rulers, the US aids them the most.

      February 9, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Why does everyone keep looking at us like we're supposed to be doing or saying something?

      February 10, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. JAYDC

    I read articles everyday saying the White House has called on Egypt to do this and their government to do that, and all I can think of is why are we always telling other people how to run their country. We are always in other countries business and trying to control the way they do things. I understand we have a financial stake in that region with the oil and the Suez Canal but when are we gonna realize that the world is tired of us bossing them around.

    February 9, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Patrick

    The US has done nothing, nothing to actually promote democracy or human rights in Egypt. Not just these past two weeks but in the past 30 odd years.
    The US has supported a murderous torturing fascist regime there, all the while calling it "moderate", just so that American interests are followed.

    February 9, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • MC

      Right on, Patrick. Just consider what crooks like Cheney are still arguing, namely they want the corrupt and rutal dictators to continue!

      February 9, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      It's not our place to tell people how to live. If they'd have risen up 20 years ago, we would have supported whatever came after for the last 20. Don't blame us for your past.

      February 10, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  8. mostafa

    Mubarak doesn't want to listen to Egyptians and this situation gave US the opportunity to interfere in Egypt uprising. Mubarak has to be smart and do quick actions.... he doesn't have much time and work in sequence as he used to work in the last 30 years. people won't wait till you recognize and do the changes....work in parallel and listen to you people otherwise The army will get you out and this is the end of the story...

    February 9, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. alethean

    Our U.S. leaders have never looked so “feeble” have never looked so “corrupt” have never looked so “bought”. We can thank the Egyptian people for bringing this to the average American’s attention.

    When Secretary of Sate Hillary Clinton and other leaders call a Dictator a “close family friend” or an “ally” or a “friend” something is very wrong. When we openly support a Dictator with the instruments of subjugation something is very wrong.

    A person who systematically brutalizes, tortures, demonizes, murders, and humiliates a population of people can never be a “good” friend or “any” friend at all but only “evil” and “despised”. Never, and I mean “Never” should the natural “Corruption and Filth of Dictator“ be “supported” or “allied” with in any way.

    February 9, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      I agree with you, but it is nothing new. We have done it our entire history. Jimmy Carter tried to tie our foreign policy to human rights and was laughed out of office. Regan went back to loving dictators and was applauded.

      February 9, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Factual

      The problem is that there is an international and a national perspective. Nations do not generally interact on the basis of interfering in each other's internal, national affairs. Rather, international interaction is based on relationships involving foreign affairs and global power plays, in which we are the primary player. This results in tension and hypocracy regarding basic democratic values. All of what you say aboud Mubarak is true. But it is also true that Mubarak has been a stabilizing, pro-Western force among the leaders of Islamic nations. So we have a situation now where these enormous conflicts can no longer be hidden. Perhaps it is good for us to learn to see things in nuances, and not always in terms of black and white and right and wrong. Usually, we do not have all the information to make such judgements anyway.

      February 9, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bailoutsos

    I sure hope the new government does not want infidel American dollars.

    February 9, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      I totally agree,bailoutsos. Thank you.

      February 10, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  11. MS

    Has the WH cleared their talking points with their daddy (i.e Israel)?

    Biden = OVER ; overrated, over talkative, over the hill, overpromise
    Obama = UNDER ; underrated, underperforming, under Israel's watch

    February 9, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Heather

    I agree with "person" above. How arrogant of Obama to be calling on anyone to do anything when he can't even get his own Country straight. Mr. Prez.. focus on jobs, economy, deficit... and mind your own business.

    February 9, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Well said,Heather. Thank you.

      February 10, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  13. bulfeed

    United States, Isreal and the Arab rich nations all pressuring Mobarak and his dictator ship to stay in power to eas in another goverment thats pro USA.
    All the above nations claim that they support the free will of the people mean while they are ignoring the people are forcing their will on them

    February 9, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Ignoring which people? The thousands protesting or the millions not?

      February 10, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Peter

    As long as the current VP is convening and running things nothing good will happen. All of you Obama bashers out there...this isn't about your local grievances...this is what is happening in another part of the world...pay attention..if you want to be negative give very specific suggestions as to changes you would like to see and how to get there...creating a culture of NO and they are always wrong, doesn't do a thing...what concrete, positive suggestions do you have to make things better?

    February 9, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Josh

    If only the US response to Egypt wasn't a joke. Biden was saying that Mubarak isn't a dictator, and how he was friends with Mubarak speaking to him regularly.... Hillary Clinton was telling us that there was only minor protesting that was being talked out and solutions found over and over again as the protests were exploding She flat lied several times. Mubarak somehow has 40-70 billion dollars (enough to give every African 400 lbs of rice or buy all the gas consumed in America for a year)

    I'd like to know how they knew that 90% of Egypt lives in poverty, on about $2 dollars a day while their leaders have amassed such a ridiculous amount of wealth under the US's nose and yet Biden can be friends with this man and they have all been defending Mubarak constantly when it should be obvious that Mubarak MUST leave and democracy should prevail. They still haven't called fort Mubarak to step down when he's ruled for 30 years using a "war on terror" and his police are specifically targetting members of the media, killing beating and detaining reporters and cameramen to try and keep the protests quiet including human rights advocates....I mean wow...

    February 9, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
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