Open Thread: Two Speeches, Any Answers?

Watch and react to the two big speeches.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

In two closely-timed speeches Tuesday night, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and United States President Barack Obama addressed the massive pro-democracy protests that have rocked the Arab world for the last week. Mubarak vowed to not run for reelection this September, while many protesters continued to insist he leave the country by Friday. President Obama spoke with Mubarak this evening and insisted that an "orderly transition must be meaningful, peaceful, and must begin now."

What did you make of the two remarks? Were they convincing to you? Do you think they will be convincing to the protesters in the Middle East? Let us know, the comments thread is open!




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Phil from Palm Beach, FL via Brooklyn

I've been annoyed with the Obama administration, but I think today that it has become clear that Mubarak is a stubborn old man like a parent who won't move into a retirement home but is incapable of taking care of himself. Obama I think is trying to finesse him and it may be the best he can do given the circumstances.

Feb. 01 2011 07:30 PM

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