Egyptian protests rising to top of Obama's agenda
President Obama discusses the situation in Egypt with Vice President Biden and his national security team during the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office.
January 28th, 2011
10:23 AM ET

Egyptian protests rising to top of Obama's agenda

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Just three days after a State of the Union Address that President Obama's own aides say was 80 percent devoted to the economy and domestic issues, the pressing national security issue of unrest in Egypt has suddenly vaulted to the top of the commander-in-chief's agenda as he struggles with how closely he wants to stand with a longtime U.S. ally, President Hosni Mubarak.

White House national security spokesman Tommy Vietor said Obama has been getting regular briefings on the unfolding situation throughout the week, and the president got a special memo with the latest information on Friday morning.

"The president has requested multiple briefings each day on the situation in the Middle East," said Vietor. "Today, he received a memo updating him on the latest in Egypt from National Security Advisor Tom Donilon."

Vietor added that Obama will get even more on the latest intelligence on Friday during his Presidential Daily Briefing, which is focused each day on sensitive material dealing with pressing national security issues.

Asked if there have been any direct telephone calls between Obama and Mubarak, Vietor said, "The president has not called President Mubarak, but there is daily contact between the U.S. and Egyptian governments through various channels, including the embassies and other organizations in which President Obama's messages and concerns are relayed."

The president publicly expressed some of those concerns about Mubarak's reaction to the protests on Wednesday, during a Q&A session moderated by You Tube in which Obama took questions from the general public.

"My main hope right now is, is that violence is not the answer in solving these problems in Egypt, so the government has to be careful about not resorting to violence, and the people on the streets have to be careful about not resorting to violence," Obama said. "And I think that it is very important that people have mechanisms in order to express legitimate grievances."

Obama and top officials in his administration are in the awkward position of deciding how closely to stand with the repressive Mubarak, who has been in power for 30 years and is now cracking down on protesters and cutting off social media.

"As I said in my State of the Union speech, there are certain core values that we believe in as Americans that we believe are universal: freedom of speech, freedom of expression, people being able to use social networking or any other mechanisms to communicate with each other and express their concerns," Obama said. "And that I think is no less true in the Arab world than it is here in the United States."

It's hard to overstate how pivotal Mubarak has been to the U.S. in bringing stability to the region over the years, including help to the Obama administration on building international support to stop Iran's nuclear ambitions as well as trying to bring together the Israelis and Palestinians in efforts to forge Mideast peace. All of that makes this a tough balancing act for Obama.

"Let me say, first of all, that Egypt has been an ally of ours on a lot of critical issues," Obama said during the You Tube session. "They made peace with Israel. President Mubarak has been very helpful on a range of tough issues in the Middle East. But I've always said to him that making sure that they are moving forward on reform - political reform, economic reform - is absolutely critical to the long-term well-being of Egypt. And you can see these pent-up frustrations that are being displayed on the streets.

When the protests first sprung up earlier in the week, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was twice asked if the White House still backed Mubarak directly, and he twice fell back on quotes declaring that Egypt in general is an ally of the U.S.

Vice President Joe Biden is also trying to walk that same fine line, refusing to call the Egyptian leader a dictator in an interview with PBS on Thursday, while also noting that Mubarak needs to make changes to his government and let his people taste freedom.

Asked specifically by Jim Lehrer if it is time for Mubarak to "stand aside," Biden said, "No I think the time has come for President Mubarak to move in the direction to be more responsive to some of the needs of the people out there."

Biden added the protesters are "middle class folks who are looking for a little more access a little more opportunity and the two things we've been saying Jim is that violence isn't appropriate and people have the right to protest and so we think that I hope I think that Mubarak president Mubarak will is going to respond to the legitimate concerns that are being raised."


Topics: Egypt • President Obama • Roger Altman

soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Dean

    Jobs!!! We don't need no stinking jobs.

    January 28, 2011 at 11:07 am |
    • LGNY

      Presidents need to pay attention to major international movements. That does not mean he's not interested in jobs.

      January 28, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
  2. rob

    CNN didn't keep the comments open for the Christie article, I wanted to correct the reporter. The headline is FALSE, my post:

    First he didn't "direct fire" at both sides, he said:

    "Both parties have within them members who are afraid to step out and afraid to tell the truth because they've seen the demagoguery of the past and what happened to people who got in way of that demagoguery,"

    He is talking about Democrats like Charles Schumer who accuses people of "Stealing SS checks" from older and sick Americans as soon as someone proposes a change in Soc Sec. The demagoguery comes from the left, the Dems and the liberal news media, to the point that they will be happier to keep power and win elections then solve the real long term financial problems of SS, Medicare and Medicade.

    January 28, 2011 at 11:13 am |
    • USPatriot38

      After all it was the Democrats that passed the bill for the government to dip into the Social Security savings for the elderly.

      January 30, 2011 at 3:57 am |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I pray President Obama remains cautious about what's happening in Egypt and not rush into something like our previous President. It's always the possibility we can make things worst and also be blamed for interferring. There comes a time when foreign countries need to take care of their own differences, we can't police the World alone without the aid of the International community.

    January 28, 2011 at 11:40 am |
    • USPatriot38

      Quit living in the past. What was Bush's war is now Obama's. He must be man enough to see it through. You people keep arguing that it was not necessary. I don't know where you got your information from. The whole middle east needed to have been invaded, but we can't do it by ourselves. We need soldiers and most certainly need the people behind us. You can argue alL day long that Iraq didn't need to be included into our war, but you are wrong. You need to know the facts and will not know them until fifteen years have passed at the end of the war. TAKE IT FROM ME IT WAS NEEDED. A 30 YEAR VERTERN OF THE U.S. ARMY.

      January 30, 2011 at 4:02 am |
  4. Joe

    It's unfortunate how many corrupt dictators we have to support in the interest of world stability and thus our oil supply. If we were energy independent, we wouldn't have to kiss anyone's butt or be such hypocrites in foreign policy. .

    January 28, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
  5. bill

    the united states always has to get involved, they are the worlds keeper
    but the united states can't take care of it's own people

    January 28, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
    • USPatriot38

      Don't believe it. This bonhead will not get involved.

      January 28, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
  6. Alex

    The real question is- Does Israel support democratic reform in Egypt? Does Israel really want a prosperous, liberated, and free Egypt? Sadly, I think Israel would rather have stability at any cost as a next door neighbor rather than an emboldened and dynamic true democracy in Egypt. One thing is for sure- Israel is self serving at grave cost to morality and justice in the region. Does Judaic law and principles stop at the Israeli border?

    January 28, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
  7. Dale

    What will the U.S. do? Biter Stay out of it.

    January 28, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
  8. RonD

    The President's job, under the constitution, is foreign relations. He has little, if any, responsibility for the economy and other domestic issues. That's the responsibility of Congress.

    Too many Americans thing the President "runs the country". He doesn't. Congress does.

    January 28, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
  9. emily

    why can't we alll just get along dudes grown ups gotta make everything so complicated when its so simple

    January 28, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
  10. Cracker

    Dear Mr. President,

    Please do not follow your VP's line that Mubarak is a just Egyptian leader...........We (the US and World) all know the US has given him Billions, supported him and looked the other way about human rights issues. We are rewarding them for their actions towards Israel, mainting Suez Canal and allowing US military bases in the Region. It's a sham as big as every Mubarak Election.

    Please don't dont make us appear as fools as Joe. B has done. We must side now, on our fundamentals, we support governments for the people and by the people.....always, it's always about people. Help the people of Egypt to manifest they're own destiny Sir. It's what we are supposed to be doing.

    January 28, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
  11. Sarah

    Dear Obama and Biden, for you to ask that Mubarak merely "reform" and that Egyptians accept the continuation of his rule is like asking a battered woman who finally has the courage to walk away to return to her perpetually abusive husband, should he get some counseling. But I guess it's hard to see clearly when that husband happens to be your friend...

    January 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  12. james Miller

    The President and all politicians should watch what is happening in Egypt and Tunnisa. When the chasm between rich and poor grows wide enough in this information age, it quickly leads to the civil upheavals and open revolt.http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/.element/img/3.0/1px.gif

    January 28, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
  13. Cracker

    We are watching another Tiannamen Square go down........don't miss your teachable moment Mr. President.
    Do the right thing pls.

    January 28, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
    • USPatriot38

      Yeah do it nimrod. Then watch as the gas sours out of sight. You followers think this is a good thing. They don't realize that these people's hatered for their fellow man matches the same as tyour racist hatred. They will do nothing for the U.S. at least we have military rights in Egypt now and they are a supplier of oil to our country. So bite off your huge nose Obama.

      January 28, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
      • Johnchristopher

        My soul praises the Lord Because He has put down the tmghiy from his throne Why must the tmghiy be put down from their thrones? Because the tmghiy lie to us day in and day out and plainly do not want the happiness of the peoples of the earth. Barack Obama is most assuredly not an idiot. His grammar and geography are nothing short of spectacular compared to his predecessor's But what about his heart? When President Obama was asked in 2009 if he regarded Mubarak as authoritarian, his swift reply was no . He called him a peacemaker (John Pilger). A peacemaker who tortures his own people??? Another high and tmghiy one, Tony Blair, pontificated from his own throne: Mubarak is a force for good . And when Joe Biden was asked recently on PBS whether Mubarak was a dictator, he responded: Mubarak has been an ally of ours in a number of things and he's been very responsible I would not refer to him as a dictator. (January 27, 2001).These three, particularly intelligent and especially well-briefed tmghiy ones , cannot possibly plead ignorance What contempt therefore for the pain and despair of the Egyptian people! And what disdain for the intelligence and fairmindedness of the American people!If I were the Heavenly One Glory Be to Him and to Her Alone! I daresay I too would have a mind to kick a few too-comfortably enthroned butts

        March 2, 2012 at 11:13 am |
  14. BestProfitBusiness = WAR

    That is sweet Obama is worry about what is going on in Egypt but he shouldn't be meddleling in that county's affair. Let them be and focus on us!! Stop policing the wolrd and pay attention to us! You know, the american people, the ones that pays your check!

    January 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • Melissa

      First of all, part of the POTUS earning his paycheck involves protecting U.S. interests in the world. Since Egypt is an important ally of the US and plays a key role in the stabilization of the middle east, I believe that qualifies as a US interest. Unfortunately, stabilization of middle east is important because the US is dependent upon their oil - perhaps if the right wing you hail from would support this administration's or previous administration's efforts to reduce dependence on foreign oil, stabilization of the middle east would not be so important for our country. Second of all, at this time he is only monitoring the situation. Third of all, Fox News called and wants you to report to their blogs.

      January 28, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
    • USPatriot38

      AND NOW YOU MORONS WANT THE ISLAMICS TO TAKE CHARGE OF EGYPT. IN TWO WARS THEY HAVE SUPPLIED US WITH LANDING STRIPS TO GET OUR PEOPLE IN AND OUT OF IRAQ. BUT OF COURSE THOSE WARS WASN'T NEEDED RIGHT. JUST BECAUSE YOU IDIOTS SAY SO. AFTER ALL THE ATROCITIES THAT HUSSAIN HAD DONE AND THE GOOD HE DID DO FOR BIN LADEN. WE SHOULD HAVE TURNED THE OTHER CHEEK AFTER 911 RIGHT? THESE WARS HAVE LASTED LONGER THAN VIETNAME WE HAVE ONLY LOST REGRETTABLY A LITTLE OVER 5,000 TROOPS. IN VIETNAM WE LOST OVER 58,000. NO COMPARISION. YOU PEOPLE WANT OUR GUNS TAKEN AWAY AS DOES OBAMA. HIS PLAN IS TO DESTROY AMERICA. TO GET US SO FAR IN DEBT WE CAN'T SUPPORT A MILITARY THEN WITH THE NATION DISARMED WHAT THE HADES ARE WE GOING TO DO. DO YOU THINK THE ARABS WANT YOU. SOME OF YOU WHO ARE MUSLIMS AND CAN PROVE IT. MAYBE YOU WILL NOT BE BEHEADED BUT THE REST YOU'RE GONE. I WAS IN THE MILITARY FOR 30 YEARS AND TRAINED FOR ALL THIS THAT'S HAPPENING TODAY. WENT IN WITH DESERT SHIELD WHERE WE SHOULD HAVE GONE ON AN BLEW THE PLACE UP. IF'S AND BUTS DOES NOT ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING. BUT I CAN TELL YOU FOR SURE YOU ARE ONE MORE STUPID PEOPLE IF YOU THINK OBAMA HAS YOU OR OUR ALLIES INTEREST AT HEART.

      January 29, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  15. Poser

    rob

    CNN didn't keep the comments open for the Christie article, I wanted to correct the reporter. The headline is FALSE, my post:

    First he didn't "direct fire" at both sides, he said:

    "Both parties have within them members".....

    @Rob,
    The first two words in Cristie's statement make it absolutely clear that he's directing fire at both sides. The reported is correct. Apparently you've chosen to ignore that because you don't like it? Please take off your partisan blinders and see all of what Cristie said and not just choose the parts you want to see.

    For an example on the GOP side of the isle, you might consider the fact that none of them will acknowledge that tax cuts reduce revenue and therefore add to the deficit. When Cristie says they're afraid to tell the truth because it's unpopular, that's one of the things he's talking about. Just to be clear, I'm not defending the Dems here. They do it too.

    January 28, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  16. carrotroot

    The US has been telling Mubarak for years he should make his country more Democratic, but he didn't listen to our advice and now his own people are trying to depose him. Sometimes people have to learn the hard way.

    January 28, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  17. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I agree with that! I believe we do need to stop trying to pretend to police the world! We never should've started this hypocritical agenda, which bottomline is based primarily on greed and/or acquiring something! Why didn't you tell George W Bush not to pay any attention to IRAQ? Oh yes, any time AMERICA has EVER interferred with another countrys' affairs, you can rest assured that the main concern was about BIG BUSINESS; owned by the greedy! That's been the main reason; hidden under the cloak of FREEDOM!

    January 28, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
    • USPatriot38

      When we stop helping our allies will be the day we will fall to the ones who will invade at the drop of a penny. This is what they're waiting on and Obama desires. It is his aim to weaken us where we cant fight. Take I am a 30 year Army retiree but, today I got a notice I was goinig to be taxed 04% increase in my taxes to help[ pay Obama's spending. He is hitting the Military even though the boys are fighting for their lives. Does he care. Hades no. His wife big hipped Michele has already said as much. She wasn't proud of America only the money to pay for her vacations. We do not help our allies then they will have no reason to come to our aid when the Muslims arabs come pouring into this country.

      January 28, 2011 at 11:21 pm |
  18. Josh

    Asked specifically by Jim Lehrer if it is time for Mubarak to "stand aside," Biden said, "No I think the time has come for President Mubarak to move in the direction to be more responsive to some of the needs of the people out there."

    This coming from the very people who will NOT help there citizens here in the USA! Egypt's issues are Egypt's issues, the USA demands Jobs, Illegals kicked out, More border security, But hey, who cares what your own citizens want, more money for your wallet while ours get smaller!

    January 28, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  19. USPatriot38

    Obana wll not stand with Egypt it does not fit hgis agenda. It will be to his bebnefit to let Egypt collapse this is what he was sent here for. To destroy American and it's allies. This has nothing to do with race other than hes is evil pure evil and why AMERICA DOES NOT WAKE UP IS BEYOND ME. He has done everything he can to cause us to go belly up. And to you ignorant people who call the Iraz and Afghanistan wars Bush wars. I GUES LIKE ALL AFRICAN AMERICANS YOU WOULD JUST STAND THER AN LET THE TERRORIST TAKE DOWN MORE BUILDINGS AFTER ALL 90 % OF THE PEOPLE WERE WHITE SO WHY SHOULD YOU CARE.

    January 28, 2011 at 11:11 pm |
  20. FedUp

    Did he also speak with the Muslim cleric who was being smuggled across the Mexican border? Want to bet he says nothing since he doesn't feel there is a problem with the border?

    January 28, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
  21. Shayne from NH

    I didn't realize people still used phones with cords. What happened to the Blackberry??

    January 29, 2011 at 1:03 am |
  22. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @USPatriot38; firstly, thankyou for your service. When I refer to the IRAQ WAR as Bush's war, that's exactly what I mean! Since you want to justify it as retaliation to 911, why did you and BUSH start up there? Bin Laden wasn't in IRAQ! It's said that he WAS hiding out around AFGANISTAN! I'm AFRICAN AMERICAN and I resent the claim you made against us, that we ALL would just stand there, and let the terrorists take down more buildings; we wouldn't care, because 90% of the people inside were WHITE! Sad, Sad!

    January 29, 2011 at 11:30 am |
    • USPatriot38

      I MEANT WHAT I SAID. i DON'T MEAN ANYTHING RACIST HER. WHEN I SAY YOU PEOPLE IT USED TO BE A RACIST TERM. NOT NOW iI'VE HAD TOO MANY COVERING MY BACK. SURE iIKNOW YOU CARE. GOD bLESS YOU. BUT YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT THE iRAQ WAR IS ALL ABOUT. YOU HAVE TO GO BACK TO THE iRAN-CONTRA AFFAIR TO GET A GRIP ON THIS SITUATION. THIS HAS BEEN COMING FOR YEARS. READ AND iIKNOW YOU DO THE BIBLE .. THE END OF DAYS THAT WE'RE IN NOW IS LEADING US DIRECTLTY TOWARD WHAT REVELATIONS TELLS YOU. IRAQ WAS FURNISHED WITH WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION BY US THE UNITED STATES. WE KNOW HE HAD THEM. WHO HAS THEM NOW THE LORD KNOWS. SADLY WE DONT. BUT AS SOON AS WE GAVE THEM TO HUSSAIN HE COMPLETELY WIPED OUT A WHOLE KURD VILLAGE TO SEE HOW THEY WORKED. THE KURDS IS ARABIAN PEOPLE ALSO BUT NOT MUSLIMS. MUSLIMS MAIN GOAL IS TO DESTROY ALL INFIDELS AND HAS BEEN SINCE BIBICAL TIMES. YES I ALSO BELIEVE WE SHOULD HAVE HIT AFGHANISTAN FIRST WITH EVERYTHING WE HAD AND TAKEN BIN LADEN OUT. BUT OUR GOVERNMENT DOES NOT WANT TO STAND THE CHANCE OF HIS BEING TAKEN ALIVE BECAUSE THE REAL STORY OF OLLIE NORTH AND BIN LADEN WILL COME ABOUT. THE IRAN-CONTRA AFFAIR WAS ALL ABOUT THE U.S. GETTING ARMS AND MUNITIONS PLUS MONEY IN TO BIN LADEN SO HE COULD FIGHT THE RUSSIANS WHILE WE WERE IN VIETNAM. WE CREATED BIN LADEN. THIS IS NOT PROPAGANDRA. BUT THE FACTS. THE PROBLEM IS THAT THE U.S. MISFIGURED AND ALL WE DID WAS CREATE A DEVIL IN BIN LADEN AND HUSSAIN. BOTH COUNTRIES MUST BE TAKEN BUT IN MY ESTIMATION THEY WILL NEVER BE CONQUERED. IT IS NOT IN THE BIBLE FOR THIS TO HAPPEN. BUT WE AS AMERICANS WILL FALL TREMBLING TO OUR KNEES BEFORE, OF ALL COUNTRIES RUSSIA COMES TO OUR AID AND HELPS TO TURN BACK THE ARAB NATIONS FOR THEY WILL HAVE CONQUERED EUROPE. I'M GETTING INTO THE FUTURE HERE (BUT NOR REALLY FOR IT IS BEGINNING NOW.) EGYPT TELLS YOU THAT TODAY. THE ARAB COUNTRIES WILL ALINE WITH EACAH OTHER. SOME MAY THINK FAR FETCHED IF THEY DO IT IS SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY DON'T BELIEVE IN THE BIBLE. BUT IT WRITTEN SO I BELIEVE. WHAT RELIGION AM I. A BAPTIST. GOD BLESS YOU AND MAY I CALL YOU SISTER FOR WE ARE OF THE SAME BLOOD. BLESS JESUS OUR SAVIOR. AND MAY WE COME TOGETHER AND QUIT ALL THIS HATE TALK. I DON'T HAT MY FRIENDS AFRICAN AMERICANS AND I DON'T FEEL THEY HATE ME. IT JUST THINK THEY THINK WE DON'T LIKE OBAMA. FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. I WANT HIS TO SUCCEED MORE THAN ANUTHING I KNOW. AFTER ALL MANY OF US VOTED FOR HIM.

      January 29, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  23. Liz Carter in Georgia

    USPatriot38; For over 400 years, we certainly have the reasons to feel that way, but we don't because we're a GODFEARING people at heart; even many of our so called 'bad people', are GODFEARING; we become humbled when it comes to GOD, right and wrong. You are wrong for that because we as a people are'nt that treacherous thinking at heart. We never have been! Most of us were raised to turn the other cheek and 2 wrongs don't make a right! In our hearts we believe in 'Love ye one another, even as I have loved,

    January 29, 2011 at 11:56 am |
  24. Liz Carter in Georgia

    USPatriot38; your reference to the reasons for the wars have already been subject to controversy and question! As I've said often, I could understand our war interest in AFGHANISTAN, but IRAQ, none whatsoever, except to benefit AMERICAN GREED! If anything, we should've stepped up occupation in AFGANISTAN! HUSSEIN was a dangerous man, but he didn't bring down the towers! I think BUSH/CHENEY saw an opportunity to make more MONEY, grab the OIL; in the process, make it look good by taking out SADDAM HUSSEIN.

    January 29, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
  25. Liz Carter in Georgia

    USPatriot38; as far as your racist statement about AFRICAN AMERICANS, thousands of our men and women have died and been lamed in both of those wars, like we have in every war this nation has ever occupied or initiated, including the Civil War; mostly due to greed and I believe for population reduction at the same time; 'two birds with one stone', so to speak. AMERICANS are living too long! My father, uncles WW2-The Pacific and couldn't even VOTE! My husband VIETNAM, still couldn't even eat in a DENNY'S!

    January 29, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
    • USPatriot38

      Bless you and thank you and yours that fought in all the wars. It is duly noted by me for I was protected and African Americans gave up their lives for me. So I don't hate them nor do I call myself racist however I may sound like it sometime. Usully it comes on me after reading all the rants about Palin (Uncalled for). She will not be President so why rave about her and call her names. That usually stirs me up and makes me say stupid things. I voted for Obama so I don't totally disagree with him. My problem is all his bailouts when he whould have just let them go bankrupt. I know it would have put people out of jobs. Better that than the U.S. go belly up. I don't like his dealing with Red China who has caused more deaths to our American soldiers than any other country. I don't like his opening relations with Cuba. The most oppressed people around are the Cubans. I don't agree with his policy on Illegals. I have nothing against them I think he should tell the Mexican president you're going to let these people come and your not going to charge them a fee as great as it would take for them to sneak into our country. That way they can become benefitting citizens of this country. I am sorry if I offended you. We are all carrying the same blood line. About slavery it was an atrocity that American bought the slaves. But slavery is and has being going on since forever. Think of the thousands of years the Christians were slaves. Black and White. We all are a sad people if we are a party to that. Take my apologys for what some of the forefathers of this nation did. Thankfully my family was not a part of that. My forefathers came to Mass. then migrated to Texas after the war. They did not have slaves nor believed in it. They wore blue in the Civil War and my family has been connected with the military since each generation. We have a rotten government and I hope Obama does not fall into a trap of his companions to do the same as they do.

      January 29, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  26. Liz Carter in Georgia

    USPatriots38; My people were disenfranchized patriots, who faught for a country that TRULY didn't give a hoot about them. However, through the tricks, propaganda, promises and lies dished to them that this would somehow insure their existance to succeed or at least make a good living in this country; that they'd be looked upon with the same respect as any white AMERICAN, as a REAL, WHOLE MAN fell FLAT! So, don't even try to question the patriotism and love of the AFRICAN AMERICAN in and FOR this country!

    January 29, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  27. Liz Carter in Georgia

    USPatriot38; as far as the LIE you spew that PRESIDENT OBAMA was sent here to DESTROY AMERICA; if I remember correctly, America's been on the ROAD to DESTRUCTION for years! It's being self-destructing itself from the inside, for a long time! It was on the BRINK of complete destruction when OBAMA went into office. We've been paying our allies to be our allies; buying friends! If we pull back the purse strings, Oooh! Suddenly they're our enemies! Something is WRONG with that picture! YOU TELL ME, PATRIOT!

    January 29, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
    • Batool

      Before mieiirsctdng your anger at the US, it might be time for the Arab world to take a look at itself and the leaders it has produced.Hafez Assad: In 1982 Assad slaughtered between 10,000 and 20,000 of its own citizens in Hama, Syria. We will never know the exact count because the press was kept away from Hama.. Also the Arab world seemed to be obsessed pinning direct guilt on Israel for the Sabra and Shatilla massacres committed by the Phalangists. He was only replaced by his son, whose power has not been tested. The US did not created that regimeSaddam Hussein: Gassed, shot, burned, tortured tens of thousands of Kurds and Shiite Muslims. Anyone who opposed him found an early graveThe Current Saudi monarchy that makes Iran seem like a liberal paradiseWe now can look at Lebanon and it faux Cedar Revolution. Hezbollah, a force greater that the Lebanese army is waiting the wings to seize powerLet's look at Mubarak and his current regime. It really is a typical past Egyptian regimes under Soviet sponsored Nasser and Sadat. Maybe there were a few symbolic reforms. The US did not invent the current system, not did to prop it up. Mubarak comes for the same pedigree as the two previous leaders.As for the teeth necklace comment, that truly sickens me coming for someone who fails to see the demons within the Arab world. After decades of independence and collectively lots of resources, one would think that political stability could be established in te Arab world without oppression and bloodshed.I do pray for Egypt for the sake of the Egyptian people and Middle East stability. Hopefully the will make the right choice and embrace true Democracy

      March 2, 2012 at 3:03 am |
  28. jamshidy

    There is only one thing president Obama can say. Mobarak, Leave Egypt and let people choose their leader!

    January 29, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  29. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @USPatroit38; I thank you for your loud response to me. From what you've said, it emphasizes what I said! Our federal government was making bad decisions and implementing failed policies for years! That's why we are having this debate! That's why I can't accept your blatant accusations against this president about the 'rock and hard place' he's been left with to have to rectify after all these years of 'failed policies', and if he doesn't do it like THIS, he's wrong! If he does it like THAT he's wrong!

    January 29, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  30. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @USPatriot38; Sir, your apology is accepted, but I want you to know that I never called you a racist. I really didn't have enough evidence from your comments to etch that in stone! But I do know that much of the squealing and complaining against BARACK OBAMA is race based! At times, my gift of discernment separates true and honest political complaints, from the ones who've just read someone elses complaint; jumped on the bandwagon, with a racist agenda, to attack him, COWARDLY, under the cloak of politics!

    January 29, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  31. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @USPatriot38; You mentioned the relavancy of what's happening these days to THE BIBLE! That's totally the truth, because 'GODS' word will NOT return to him void'. Therefore, everything that's happening or will happen is going to happen! Since you believe in the biblical profesy; this should be considered by ALL Christians, none of us should be demeaning and slamming OBAMA on everything he attempts to do to salvage what's left of this nation! We should be praying for those in authority! It's bigger than him!

    January 29, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
    • USPatriot38

      No Liz I agree with you. That is what is wrong with America. I am guilty like a lot of other people. We sometimes get it in our heads that it is a simple solution what he needs to do. But we do not have the world picture like he supposedly has . Notice I said supposedly to, not always so.I have been in the military long enough to know that your intelligence feed backs can get a whole lot of men killed. No I wouldn't have his job on a stick. But let's not say as a whole because he is African American/Plus white man that this does draw critizism. because they forget he is as much white aas he is African American. Whatever that has to do with it anyhow. I shouldn't have anything. I know that. We have plenty of retarded people here in the U.S. that think for him and they haven't a clue to what is happening or would happen if he makes a wrong decision. Let us pray he makes all right ones. If he doesn't it will not be the end of the world and he will not be the first to make a wrong move. Like I said before you're right people would lose jobs. He wanted to avoid that. But with all the money borrowed from China scares me. Red China is not our friends and they will never be. Of course Obama knows that better than we. Let us let him run the country and let us do our part by not being so critical. You hang in there and don't get too upset when a bonehead says something that will hurt your feeling just know that you are at peace with God and you are doing whats best for you.

      January 30, 2011 at 2:48 am |
  32. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @USPatriots38; to acknowledge the fact that you were not an OBAMA hater, that you voted for him; you just hate his bailouts, well, BUSH had them to leave the campaign to go back to WASHINGTON to sign a big one, remember? There was pro and con about that one but BUSH signed it. That shows us all that BUSH must have thought it was best to try to save the nation through it's banks! The CEOs stole it! OBAMA goes into office trying to save jobs by reissuing monies to banks and corps, all hades breaks loose!

    January 29, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
  33. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @USPatriot38; the way I see it, it was a double-edged sword for PRES OBAMA! Had CONGRESS, not OBAMA, done like you said and let them go bankrupt; he wouldn't have ever heard the end of that either! 'That B-K N--R got in there and let them corporations and GM fall and now more people are without jobs'! 'We knew he was trying to DESTROY AMERICA'! You see what I mean? It seems to me that this AFRICAN AMERICAN PRESIDENT is needled, pushed and pulled whichever WAY he goes on everything! What CAN he do right!

    January 29, 2011 at 7:56 pm |
  34. Ernie

    When Obama receivced a call from the "Egyptian President" he was asking for money and a safe place to hid. Knowing Obama he said "I'm working on I'll make some calls and I'll get back to you" . This is what is going on behind the scenes. As for the people who are tearing up Egypt Mobarik is waiting for Obama's call. If you notice the people who are rioting in the streest of Egypt are all young people they are fed up with the way Mobarik has treating them. Mobarik thinks he'll use the same old tactics he used before and they'll work. He has found out that they are not working and does know what to do. So who does he call Obama who is his ATM machine. Obama and his band of "Nt Wits" are trying to find out who they can put in to replace Mobarik and create a Democracy. Let me give you an example: Look at who the United States put in charge in Iraqi that guy couldn't run a "Hot Dog Stand". What Obama should tell Mobarik is "Pay us back all the "Billions" we gave you and we'll get you out, if not your on your own. I think that's a good deal. In Chicago that's known as "Pay to Play". I think that's a good deal give the United States Tax Payer's our money back and the United States will get Mobarik out. If not "Happy Trails".

    January 30, 2011 at 9:56 am |
  35. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @USPatriot38; Again thank you for your response. However, I myself, was not in the military, but as I mentioned earlier, my husband is a disabled USMC veteran of the VIETNAM WAR, 1969-1972. He's also very aware of the tendencies for bad intelligence and misread information to be sent down to them from military officials in WASHINGTON. After the Powell speech at the UN, he and several of his old war buddies were of an opinion that the war in IRAQ was an untimely one; AFGHANISTAN should've been the focus.

    January 30, 2011 at 11:06 am |
  36. Liz Carter in Georgia

    USPatriot38; Oh, and I would like to thank you for your words of encouragement; and yes my brother in CHRIST, I am at peace with GOD. However, I'm sure HE isn't through with me yet! LOL! My reason for even mentioning the IRAQ WAR is because I believe it played the biggest part in our deficit! We started borrowing money from CHINA to sustain it all these years, not to mention all of the lives lost and DISABLED families! OBAMA goes in and now they're his wars, his BILLS, and he needs a magic wand, to fix it!

    January 30, 2011 at 11:33 am |
  37. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @USPatriot38; I want you to also know this, I LOVE MY SOLDIERS, MARINES, AIRMEN, and SEAMEN! I have undescribable love, respect, honor, admiration, and pride for ALL of our US VETERANS! Not to worry, I'll always be behind my military 1000%! You take an oath to go off, take orders, fight and die for us back here at home, and our safety! THANKYOU! My BIG HURT is with ALL you give up in the name of patriotism, honor and loyalty to your country is ABUSED by the 'GREEDY' under the guise of freedom and democracy!

    January 30, 2011 at 12:11 pm |