President Obama's statement on Egypt
February 10th, 2011
10:54 PM ET

President Obama's statement on Egypt

Following is the text of a statement released Thursday night by U.S. President Barack Obama on Egypt:

"The Egyptian people have been told that there was a transition of authority, but it is not yet clear that this transition is immediate, meaningful or sufficient. Too many Egyptians remain unconvinced that the government is serious about a genuine transition to democracy, and it is the responsibility of the government to speak clearly to the Egyptian people and the world. The Egyptian government must put forward a credible, concrete and unequivocal path toward genuine democracy, and they have not yet seized that opportunity.

"As we have said from the beginning of this unrest, the future of Egypt will be determined by the Egyptian people. But the United States has also been clear that we stand for a set of core principles. We believe that the universal rights of the Egyptian people must be respected, and their aspirations must be met. We believe that this transition must immediately demonstrate irreversible political change, and a negotiated path to democracy. To that end, we believe that the emergency law should be lifted. We believe that meaningful negotiations with the broad opposition and Egyptian civil society should address the key questions confronting Egypt's future: protecting the fundamental rights of all citizens; revising the Constitution and other laws to demonstrate irreversible change; and jointly developing a clear roadmap to elections that are free and fair.

"We therefore urge the Egyptian government to move swiftly to explain the changes that have been made, and to spell out in clear and unambiguous language the step by step process that will lead to democracy and the representative government that the Egyptian people seek. Going forward, it will be essential that the universal rights of the Egyptian people be respected. There must be restraint by all parties. Violence must be forsaken. It is imperative that the government not respond to the aspirations of their people with repression or brutality. The voices of the Egyptian people must be heard.

"The Egyptian people have made it clear that there is no going back to the way things were: Egypt has changed, and its future is in the hands of the people. Those who have exercised their right to peaceful assembly represent
the greatness of the Egyptian people, and are broadly representative of Egyptian society. We have seen young and old, rich and poor, Muslim and Christian join together, and earn the respect of the world through their non-violent calls for change. In that effort, young people have been at the forefront, and a new generation has emerged. They have made it clear that Egypt must reflect their hopes, fulfill their highest aspirations, and tap their boundless potential. In these difficult times, I know that the Egyptian people will persevere, and they must know that they will continue to have a friend in the United States of America."

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  1. Tom Van Meurs

    A 'wind of change' is blowing through the Arab world. Long established ruthless cruel dictatotships economically but more military sponsored and supported by the US and Israel are and will be ousted by the masses of people eventually.These 'revolutions' are long overdue. The US/Israeli sponsores will do anything in their power to prevent this. They already have another ruthless criminal lined up by the name of Suleiman (excuses for the wrong spelling?) a former CIA agent who has been in regular contact with the Isralisand accordin to the Wikileaki papers had promissed the Israelis to get rid of the Palestinians in the Sinai. It is all about Iarael. The Egyptian people do understand that very well.

    February 11, 2011 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |

      Well stated,Tom. Thank you.

      February 11, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bellvue

    Tom, come home.

    February 11, 2011 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |

    American government should take a tougher stance on Mubarak. Why can’t they impose sanctions on Mubarak the same why they did on Zimbabwe’s Mugabe? These are the double standards we talk about. If Mubarak can be isolated through sanctions, he can eventaully give in to people's pressure. Isn't that the democracy you talk about? You can not preach about democracy while befreinding autocratic and authoriterian dictators.

    February 11, 2011 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sherri W.W.#1~ILLinois

    No,the American govt. should NOT take any harder stance right now~NOT if we REALLY want to help the people of Egypt! OUR President,by the accounts of folks who know about that sort of thing,believe Pres.Obama has handled this situation very well indeed! Having said that,I am FOR the people of Egypt having the freedoms we take for granted every day of our lives in this great country! However,we do NOT want those people to end up under a WORSE party than what they have now! And that could well happen,if not handled right from here on! The rest of us,including these sideline"armchair politicians",need to KEEP QUIET NOW,and let things play out as they must,and let our President handle any comments and pressures on the govt in Egypt.Other talk is NOT helpful,and may hurt the people trying to get free,as well as hurt several countries,including th U.S. So,all these "opinionated"folks need to keep those "opinions "to themselves at this time! It is VERY EASY to give advise when you dont have to actually DO anything or govern anything!

    February 11, 2011 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. personny

    Israel is becoming a nation.

    February 11, 2011 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |

      And so should Kurdistan!!!

      February 11, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. leeintulsa

    Here, here. They were squawking about obama not doing enough just so they could squawk about him doing too much. He's done a great job and needs to shut up and keep doing it

    February 11, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
    • JC

      Republicans like to point out Obama isn't doing enough, as if Mubarak has only been in power the last two years. I guess the world was a eutopic nirvana before "O" took office. Darn, I must have missed it.

      February 11, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Globalgary46

      Where was O when the Iranians were clamoring for democracy. He is a muslim, bent on destroying America.

      February 11, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sadday

    I guess what they want is for Obama to start another war.Why not Bush did it?

    February 11, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  8. truth fighter

    8 years they was losing their homes, jobs, 401's,children. That's when they should have been hollering.but then BUsh was in there.

    February 11, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  9. G.Fx

    Why no story on the Bank of America and HBGary scandel??? Its Been a week since it happened??
    Well quick update all, Anonymous caught wind of HBGary threatening they would sell info they gathered to US feds, threw an article Aaron Barr made a quote "that he knew who they were." Well he then went into their domain, and conforonted them boosting his actions. Well they got into HBGary's system, and pulled out 60,000 emails. Not only was all their information wrong, they were planning on selling it to the FBI, it could have had many innocent people charged with crimes they were never part of. Also to their amazement, they found that Bank of America was paying HBGary and two other securtiy company's to creat a plan of attack against wikileaks, due to some files that wiki may have of BoA's, proving corruption. Their game was not only to replicate what Anonymous does, DDOS attacks, amoung other hacks, they were planning on feeding fake info into the system, to try and disprove wiki leaks truthfulness. Have to love when the big dogs get bit in the butt, though it is still sad, that our leading news networks can't give us straight forward truth.

    Google HBGARY or Aaron Barr then check the news and read for yourself LuLz

    February 11, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. tomas

    Little by little chamellion reached his destination. They can pull all their politriks. But the people will get to the mountain top by courage. mubarak must step down now!!!

    February 11, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. tomas

    Days of fake democracy are done. Vive la liberte d'Egypt! Bravo to the fighters. You can prove freedom can be made possible like Gandhi did. Like dr. King did in the 60s. Hang in there the nightmare will soon be over! LET FREEDOM RAIN, MUBARAK MUST GO!!!

    February 11, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Carlos

    This is the kind of sweeping change in the middle east that the Bush administration said would follow the Iraq and Afgan operations. I remember the predictions of democracy taking hold in the region as a result of doing so in Iraq. Who'd have thought...

    February 11, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Come on Carlos,get real! The Revolution has nothing to do with neither Iraq nor George W. Bush!!! The Egyptian Revolution happen despite U.S. foreign policy and Pres.Obama is not happy about it although he pretends to be!!!

      February 12, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ejmounsey Granville Ohio

    Did we not start this revolution in 1775?

    February 11, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Gladobamalikesrevolution

    american women love cheap cheap plastics and cheap cosmetics..notice that as long as things are cheap.. Like alcohol they are always for "human rights".. But the only rights that truly matter is wallmart and even cheaper child care.

    February 11, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tomaz

    @carlos coment#15: what are u talking about dude? We've 2million plus people since going to iraq and paid mubarak and saudi king to dictate the basic right of their people. In case you don't know what's going on, that what angering these people to seek freedom we don't want em to have. Egypt is the beginning of the exodus to freedom from Tunisia. Let freedom rain!

    February 11, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
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