POTUS adjusts schedule to address world crises
March 16th, 2011
03:40 PM ET

POTUS adjusts schedule to address world crises

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama phoned the kings of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain on Wednesday to express his “deep concern” over the violence in Bahrain, and received a separate briefing from the head of the U.S. nuclear regulatory agency about the worsening situation in Japan, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.

In his calls to both kings, Obama urged “maximum restraint,” and stressed the importance of a political process as the only way for the Bahraini people to legitimately address their political grievances, and as a means for a more stable Bahrain that is more responsive to its people, according to Carney. Security forces in Bahrain Wednesday stormed the main hospital and were seen beating doctors, as well as demonstrators in the main square in the country’s capital, witnesses told CNN.

On Monday, troops from both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates entered Bahrain to “protect the safety” of its citizens, according to the Bahraini government.

Obama was also briefed by Gregory Jaczko, Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, at the White House Wednesday about the “deteriorating situation” with the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, Carney told reporters. Jaczko updated Obama on the current status of the reactor and the additional measures that are being taken to protect American citizens in Japan who are affected by what is unfolding at Fukushima.

Jaczko told Obama the NRC was recommending all U.S. citizens within a 50 mile radius of the reactor to evacuate. Carney said this was the same advice the agency would give if the situation were occurring in the United States.

Jaczko interrupted his testimony on Capitol Hill Wednesday with Energy Secretary Steven Chu to travel to the White House to brief the president.


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  1. JOHN DAHODI

    IS AMERICA SO HOPELESS?
    Under Obama-Hillary regime, America is so hopeless it cannot even ask his stooges to hear her voice. A tiny Bahrain King, Saudi puppet and Libya's crook are ignoring our repeated plea and so many confidential messages. It is always better to be polite and low key but it is not good to be a whiner and beggar! America is still a super power; her voice must be respected. Or the super power must show her wings to these goons,who are tyrants, dictators and thugs.

    March 16, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  2. xavier

    We elected someone who would finally boost the US and make the world love us once more. AHHH....look around....it is not working too well. THE US sided with Iran against the people of Iran. Hummm???. That was good for the current Iranian Government. Then the US is for the Egyptian people and they over throw their government. Hmmm???. That makes Iran stronger. Lets see now the US is sort of for the Bahrainian people, sort of for the Libyain people and sort of for the Saudi People. Sort of...but not too much. I guess we want to make the current Iranian government stronger. Is that right?

    March 16, 2011 at 11:54 pm |
  3. iron-e

    Is this the first time in US history that a president has ever expressed 'deep concern' for how Saudi Arabia's actions? Even so, I really doubt the rhetoric will get any tougher than that. There's too many interests at stake. When it comes the the Saudi's Princes, money and power trump freedom or even human life. that's just the way it is (shrug). Hope to the citizens of Bahrain that they can put up a good fight and show those goons what democracy looks like.

    March 17, 2011 at 12:12 am |
  4. Notfooled

    America is trying to get out of two wars, we do not need to get into a war with the whole Middle East. Egypt did it all by themselves. If we have the U.N. behind us we will be there. The military needs to turn with their own people like Egypt and not expect the U.S. to police the world. We will help but we should not be the only ones to go in.

    March 17, 2011 at 3:30 am |
  5. nheckt

    I am so disgusted with him it is ridiculous. Stand on the side lines and talk in private. Why don't you do something for the World to see and make a stand!!!!

    March 17, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
    • David

      @nheckt: On the sidelines in private is how you get people to do things. In public people posture for strength and show pride. Obama is a true leader because he doesn't care about having to make himself look strong. He is strong and knows it. He doesn't have to prove it to those like you who will never believe in him. But he gets the job done.

      March 19, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  6. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @JOHN DAHODI, If we are so hopeless, we started being hopeless from within. Why would the world respect the voices and requests of our leaders and you don't? I mentioned this months ago, WE THE PEOPLE, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, CITIZENS OF AMERICA teach the world how to treat OUR leaders! They watch the cablenews outlets, read, and have access to the blogs too you know! IT IS SHAMEFUL!

    March 17, 2011 at 9:29 pm |
  7. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @nheckt; Make a stand?!? That's what BUSH did! Tell us. Where did it get us?

    March 17, 2011 at 9:35 pm |
  8. Sick of Obama

    Im sorry, he interrupted his schedule.. you mean his vacation plans ... what to make a couple of phone calls? Really.
    I hope in 2012 we have presidential candidates that are actually worth voting for and we get Obama out.

    March 18, 2011 at 10:03 am |
  9. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Sick of Obama; PRESIDENT OBAMA has done more in 2 years than FORMER PRESIDENT BUSH did in 8! He's put forth excellent resolutionary efforts to bring back stabilization in the economy, signed in to law more bills; working sucessfully at resolving the nations' employment standing it back on it's feet! Putting forth initiatives to better the nations' school systems, in the mean time trying to properly handle international discord within the UN law guidelines. What are you so sick of? Is it that he's so SMART?

    March 19, 2011 at 11:10 am |
    • Eric

      Really? This guy is a joke. The economy is not going anywhere. He has done more damage in 2yrs. the world really respects and loves us now. You libtards are pathetic.

      March 20, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
  10. Eric

    He probably had to push his tee time back 10 minutes. What a joke this guy is.

    March 20, 2011 at 9:17 pm |