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Pres. Obama: 'The People of Egypt Have Spoken.'

Friday, February 11, 2011

President Barack Obama makes voices support for Egyptian protesters on Feburary 10, 2011 at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan. (TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

Hours after the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, President Barack Obama remarked on the situation from the Grand Foyer of the White House.

"The people of Egypt have spoken," Obama said. "Their voices have been heard. And Egypt will never be the same."

Obama noted that while jubilance from Egyptians was warranted, we should remember that this is "not the end of Egypt's transition, it's a beginning."

Still, the president projected optimism. "I'm confident the people of Egypt can find the answers, and do so peacefully, constructively, and in the spirit of unity that has defined these last few weeks," Obama said. 

"Egyptians have inspired us, and they've done so by putting the lie to the idea that justice is best gained by violence," the president said. "For Egypt, it was the moral force of nonviolence, not terrorism, not mindless killing, but nonviolence, moral force, that bent the arc of history toward justice once more." Obama singled out the military for praise, calling it a "caretaker" in defusing the situation and ensuring "a transition that is credible in the eyes of the Egyptian people."

Among changes necessary to such a transition, Obama said, are lifting Egypt's hated 30 year-old police powers laws, revising the constitution and enacting other safeguards to "make this change irreversible" and set the path for free and fair elections.

President Obama did not use the opportunity to comment on Hosni Mubarak himself, mentioning the Egyptian President by name only once to say that he "responded to the Egyptian people's hunger for change."

Obama said he is confident that a democratic Egypt can assert its role as an influential player in the Mideast and beyond. He also offered the United States' support in affecting the genuine evolution of a democratic state. "We stand ready to provide whatever assistance is necessary—and asked for—to pursue a credible transition to democracy."

(With reporting from the Associated Press)

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Comments [4]

Give Assange the Nobel Peace Prize ? from Did Wikileaks help Egypt & Tunisia ?


It is said : "the Truth shall set you free".
Whether you agree with this or not,
it may be valid to say : " The Truth will
set other people free" - particularly
if they are subjects of corrupt autocratic rulers who hide malfeasance under the
veil of "national security concerns".

It appears that Wikileaks played a
vital role in exposing important
truths about the regimes in Tunisia and
Egypt. In doing so, it may have done
more to help bring about peaceful transition
to democracy in the middle east than
decades of US and European policy,
diplomacy and subterfuge.

Perhaps, then, it is time to give
Julian Assange and Wikileaks the Nobel Peace prize next year.

No doubt, many regimes would have felt
freer to continue their misdeeds if such
truths had remained as classified State secrets.

Perhaps, then, it is time to consider
Clemency for whoever leaked these
documents.

Democracy and secrecy are volatile
partners at best. Sometimes
the interest of humanity as well as the
national interest benefit more from the bright light of day.

Feb. 12 2011 04:42 PM
Ron from NJ

Let's see *your bibliography of posts calling for the overthrow of Mubarak before Jan 25.

Feb. 11 2011 10:00 PM
Stephen from NYC

After weeks of denying Mubarak was a dictator, refusing to stop the flow of military dollars to Cairo, and publicly selecting a torturer named Suleiman as the successor, it was good to see the Obama regime utterly humiliated by the people of Egypt. In. Your. Face.

Feb. 11 2011 06:00 PM
Stephen from NYC

After weeks of denying Mubarak was a dictator, refusing to stop the flow of military dollars to Cairo, and publicly selecting a torturer named Suleiman as the successor, it was good to see the Obama regime utterly humiliated by the people of Egypt. In. Your. Face.

Feb. 11 2011 06:00 PM

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