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. Woody

    To understand how people in Egypt live. You would have to go there. I have and half of the people in the U.S. do not have a passport . There is a Kentucky Fried Chicken within walking distance of the sphynx nose . Most people of Egypt can not even afford one meal there. Many farmers still take their produce to market with a cart and donkey. If you want to feel the way people feel in Egypt. Give up eighty percent of your modern convenience. Then save your money for a week to a month to have a little KFC.

    February 9, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Can't help that i was born on the winning team. Keep your horse and cart

      February 10, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. Woody

    You who say it is none of our business have no idea the roll Egypt plays with America. Or the billions of dollars in investment that American companies have there.

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

      By none of our business, i think we mean not our place to tell egyptians how to live. We're finally tired of breaking countries and having to buy them.

      February 10, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bandar

    If the revolution does not succeed many of these millions of protesters will turn to be anti-USA or terrorists because of supporting the US government to the dictator Mubarak and his gang who have killed more than 300 of his people in the last two weeks and trust me there will be many 9/11 if the Arab don't get thair freedom. This revolution is US only chance to make peace with the Muslims all around the world because the revolution is not based on any religious background it just a call for freedom and liberty.

    February 9, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |

    you put your left foot in, you put your left foot out,you put your left foot in, and shake it all about..

    February 9, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |

    Judging by the number of comments against the usefulness of foreign-aid US tax dollars given to middle-east countries including Egypt and Israel over decades – to no good effect – perhaps we should consider the following: A Middle East Conflict Surcharge Tax – an income and business tax applied to all US citizens, individuals and corporations doing business with the US who are Muslim, ME Christian or Jewish. Yes it will descriminate. But why should American Christians or Buddists or athiests have their tax dollars used for a generational "peace process" has not produced results.

    February 9, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. NewsFlash

    I could have sworn that Obama and Clinton ran against Bush citing his human rights violations in regards to how we "interrogate" terrorists. I'm also pretty sure that Egypt was mentioned as a place we sent terrorists to be "interrogated" Egyptian style. I also thought GITMO was going to be closed too. Hmm... Interesting.

    February 9, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dave

    Anyone remember "We are the cops of the World" song from the Vietnam days?
    What goes around comes around, seems to me.

    February 9, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. NewsFlash

    @Frederick: How's about we end all foreign aid to countries who apparently hate us? Sounds like a good start to me. I can name 5 countries off the top of my head that we send $ billions to with little or no results.

    February 9, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. John Wilson

    Several of the reasons that we – the US Government – are doing such a SOFT treatment of Mubarak: He's been in power, with our financial and intelligence support for over 30 years and has robbed his people of around 40 Billion dollars; he's been an ally – sort of – for the large money interests in the USA (i.e. Large Corporations); he has made a peace treaty with Israel – our government would fall apart if we were to ever do anything that the Israel's didn't like – they own us; and finally, both Bush & Oblahma have sent many people, including Americans and Canadians to Egypt under the Extraordinary Rendition Program so that Mubarak and his regime could torture them [Off of USA soil and we would have plausible deniability.]

    Now, given that history, do you really expect Oblahma, Hillary or anyone in the USA Government to PUBLICALLY throw Mubarak under the bus?

    Finally, our government is very much aware of how the rest of the international community views our OVERT interference in other countries affairs… so we really can’t be too assertive, publically here or you just might see one of our other GREAT allies: Saudi Arabia, raising the price of oil, so you can pay $8.00 per gallon; damn, maybe even Israel would decide to send us several of the 150 nukes we gave to them... Oh, yes, OUR ALLIES...

    February 9, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. NewsFlash

    @daniel: You're apparently a math whiz, but you should have paid more attention in English. You're spelling miscues are hilarious, but you should just stop now while you're ahead. Most phones or computers have spell check buddy.

    February 9, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Travis

    Every minute of inaction by US, only pushes the Egyptians more into the clutches of fundamentalists.

    February 9, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ed

    Hello News Flash,

    Those five countries you named must be on the top of your head. What's missing on the insdie of your head follows:
    1) Iraq – $18.44 billion
    2) Israel – $2.62 billion
    3) Egypt – $1.87 billion
    4) Afghanistan – $1.77 billion
    5) Colombia – $570 million
    6) Jordan – $560 million
    7) Pakistan – $390 million
    8) Liberia – $210 million
    9) Peru – $170 million
    10) Ethiopia – $160 million
    11) Bolivia – $150 million
    12) Turkey – $150 million
    13) Uganda – $140 million
    14) Sudan – $140 million
    15) Indonesia – $130 million

    February 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. brent havens

    When i first heard of the 'Egyptian protest crisis' and that we were quote: "..not getting involved." i knew that our intervention would not be with military force, but with government pressure applied to Egypt's gov't via the next president. We dont want to get involved or 'dirty our hands' with the countries problems or leaders until the next term. Since their dictator said he will 'see out the year..and leave office at the end of that time, we need not 'flex' our muscle there at this time. it is a good cooling off period for every person involved. And put frankily, my view on this issue is that of the same of most foreign conflicts for WHATEVER reason: STAY OUT OF OTHER COUNTRIES BUSINESS. We should not be ignorant of the facts and situations, but rather get involved physically only when solicited. I mean really, who likes the hall monitor that asks you 50 questions, who is listening over your shoulder and is barking orders at you? We are not the police state of the world. It is quite arrogant of our leades to think this, and it shames me personally when i think of other countries that think that exact same concept of my country and myself as a citizen. We have our own financial, economic, and sociaj issues here in the US. Obama, quit worrying about the middle-east's opinion of you, and every other outside conveyance of opinion and just take care, AND GOOD care I might add, of our country and everyone will respect you more for it, foreign and domestic alike. -Brent

    February 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. angela

    Why do people who comment go off the track and start abusing people who can't spell to their liking??? Shut the hell up and get to the point...

    February 9, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Fariz

    The egyptian have a chance to take a part in the democracy election, so the proplem will be finished

    February 9, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
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