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. Mohamed Fakhreddine

    There's only one thing the WH should say to Mubarak: we're cutting off your funding so now you can leave.

    February 9, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. vegas01

    Yes, please do more, so people can forget my blunder. Someone has to step up and create a way of escape for me. The "I was for it before I realized I needed to be against it" looks bad. I cannot make a mistake, so someone better quickly figure out how I didn't goof this one up.

    February 9, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Guy

    I think the administration is doing the exact right thing. Remember, life is high school. You don't tell your girlfriend that you're breaking up with her until after the prom. And if you can get your friend to tell her friends ahead of time nobody is surprised. In the end, what our governemnt says is more for us then it will ever be for Egyptians. At least there are no pictures of the president holdinh Mubarak's hand.

    February 9, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. dawod

    The us is sending so many different messages, but behind the curtain is something else. If they now president of Egypt is a dictator why they can't tell him to leave with force like they always do. They now him not leaving is better for Israel and us. I hope every person in Egypt get there freedom like we do here in us. Its so bad to see blood just to get peace. If all the leaders in the world don't like dictator they should tell him to bounce of the chair not be on his side and act they with the people in protest. Obama here is your chance to prove you came for peace and to build relation with the middle east. If you don't act now for peace people will dislike you in M.E. Don't let people hate you like G.B. Peace.

    February 9, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. David

    The us is sending so many different messages, but behind the curtain is something else. If they now president of Egypt is a dictator why they can't tell him to leave with force like they always do. They now him not leaving is better for Israel and us. I hope every person in Egypt get there freedom like we do here in us. Its so bad to see blood just to get peace. If all the leaders in the world don't like dictator they should tell him to bounce of the chair not be on his side and act they with the people in protest. Obama here is your chance to prove you came for peace and to build relation with the middle east. If you don't act now for peace people will dislike you in M.E. Don't let people hate you like G.B. Peace.

    February 9, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Josh

    I suppose that's a good point Guy but even so....30 years is a long time to wait for the prom when the US seems to allow similar behavior elsewhere while we chase some groups of terrorists around which doesn't seem like it will ever end.

    February 9, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. rita and mr b

    Yowzer! now can we black bag extradite Mubarak and wife?

    February 9, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chevyss22

    Obama and the rest of the WH can't even run this Country right. Whats make them think they can give advise to other Countries

    February 9, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. David

    When u have over 45million people living under $2 a day and the president have over $70billion, something is wrong here. Unless you now nothing about math

    February 9, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. NB

    Why do we call some countries "friends" if we give them billions of dollars?

    February 9, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. David

    Lol because we get from them oil or gold that's worth more than what we give them

    February 9, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. David

    Have you ever heard of this( friends with benefit)

    February 9, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Josh

    The US had the chance to heal all wounds in the Arab world by supporting the correct side. If we had done it there would have been American flags everywhere in this Revolution and it would have been the beginning of something great.

    February 9, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. searchingForAnAthiestExtremist

    Actions speak louder than words..we should cut off the money train _now_

    February 9, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. George

    The fact of the matter is that it's really none of our damned business.

    February 9, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
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