Obama calls for clarity after Mubarak's speech
February 10th, 2011
08:04 PM ET

Obama calls for clarity after Mubarak's speech

By the CNN Wire Staff

Editor's note: Read the full text of President Barack Obama's Thursday-night statement on Egypt.

(CNN) - President Barack Obama signaled clear support for protesters who have convulsed Egypt, saying Thursday night that "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."

In a White House statement following a previously unscheduled meeting of Obama with this national security team, the president called President Hosni Mubarak's speech earlier in the night that announced he would hand over presidential authority to his vice president but remain in office both confusing and insufficient.

"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," Obama said in the statement, later adding that the Egyptian government "must put forward a credible, concrete and unequivocal path toward genuine democracy, and they have not yet seized that opportunity."

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Topics: Egypt • President Obama • The News
February 10th, 2011
05:19 PM ET

Tracking the White House's reaction to Mubarak

WASHINGTON (CNN) - As he flew back to the White House from Michigan, President Obama watched the speech delivered by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, according to reporters traveling on Air Force One.

In keeping with the administrations cautious approach to this “fluid” situation, Obama made no attempt to react to the latest development.

As he walked from Marine One back to the Oval Office for a meeting with his national security team, reporters shouted, “Did you speak with Mubarak? Did Mubarak go far enough? Anything on Mubarak?  The president ignored all three questions.

A White House aide later told CNN “we don’t have any immediate comment.”


Topics: Egypt • President Obama • The News
Picture of the week
February 10th, 2011
03:46 PM ET

Picture of the week

If you see President Obama someplace you can bet photographers will not be far away.

Obama reacts cautiously to Egypt developments
February 10th, 2011
12:53 PM ET

Obama reacts cautiously to Egypt developments

MARQUETTE, Michigan (CNN) – President Obama responded cautiously to reports about the likelihood that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will step down.

In his first comment to reporters about the development Obama said, “We’re going to have to wait and see what’s going on.”

After touring a demonstration of wireless broadband technology at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan, the president delivered remarks at the university and addressed the situation further.

"We are witnessing history unfold. its a moment of transformation that is taking place because the people of Egypt are calling for change," he said. "It's young people who have been at the forefront, a new generation, your generation who want their voices to be heard, and so going forward, we want those young people and we want all Egyptians to know America will continue to do everything that we can to support an orderly and genuine transition to democracy in Egypt."

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Topics: Egypt • President Obama
President Obama arrives in frigid Michigan
A scene in Marquette, MI just down the street from where the president will speak today.
February 10th, 2011
11:59 AM ET

President Obama arrives in frigid Michigan

MARQUETTE, Michigan (CNN) - President Obama has just arrived to a frigid Marquette, Michigan (19 degrees BELOW zero with the wind chill!).

He's here at Northern Michigan University to deliver his message on expanding wireless internet for schools, businesses and public safety. It's the administration's national wireless initiative which he touched on at his State of the Union address last month.

The president is accompanied by Michigan Sen. Carl Levin (D) who flew here with the president on Air Force One. Obama takes part in a distance learning demonstration at Northern Michigan University which is at the forefront in developing wireless access for their school. The president will speak at the University at 1:30p EDT. He's also expected to address the unfolding crisis in Egypt.


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POTUS schedule February 10, 2011
February 10th, 2011
08:47 AM ET

POTUS schedule February 10, 2011

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama travels to Marquette, Michigan, where he will tour a classroom at Northern Michigan University and learn about their internet WiMax system.  He will then make remarks at 1:30 p.m. ET.  CNN's Kate Bolduan reports the president will unveil his plan for nationwide broadband internet access, something he pushed for in his State of the Union address.  The following schedule was provided by the White House:

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Topics: Daily Schedule
February 10th, 2011
08:02 AM ET

20-second White House briefing

WASHINGTON (CNN) - White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is known among the TV photographers and audio techs as being a little verbose during the daily press briefings. Sometimes we are forced to insert the dreaded second hour-long disk while recording the Q&A. This is the last week on the job for Gibbs and I finally figured out a way to make the briefing shorter. Here it is, the White House daily briefing in 20 seconds, thanks to the magic of time-lapse photography. The actual briefing duration – one hour!

Obama plan...Can you hear me now?
February 10th, 2011
06:00 AM ET

Obama plan...Can you hear me now?

WASHINGTON (CNN) - In his State of the Union address, President Obama said the path to "winning the future" must include better access to hi-speed internet.

"Within the next five years, we'll make it possible for businesses to deploy the next generation of high-speed wireless coverage to 98 percent of all Americans," Obama said. "This isn't about faster internet or fewer dropped calls. It's about connecting every part of America to the digital age."

President Obama is taking that message on the road Thursday. Traveling to Michigan's chilly Upper Peninsula to showcase one rural area that has already harnessed long-range wireless technology and the benefits it has offered the local schools, university and businesses. Marquette has a population of about 20,700 residents, is located on the southern shore of Lake Superior and is home to Northern Michigan University, where President Obama will be speaking.

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