White House getting "specific" on Egypt tone
February 8th, 2011
07:19 PM ET

White House getting "specific" on Egypt tone

 
WASHINGTON (CNN) –A White House official told CNN that Vice President Biden’s tough new language in a conversation with Egypt’s VP Omar Suleiman is part of an effort to be “as specific as possible.”

The two leaders spoke by phone Tuesday about the transition process that will shape Egypt’s future.

In a readout provided by the White House, Vice President Biden urged an “orderly transition in Egypt that is prompt, meaningful, peaceful, and legitimate,” and that it “produce immediate, irreversible progress.”

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Topics: Egypt • The News • Vice President Biden
Briefing bites
February 7th, 2011
05:52 PM ET

Briefing bites

Washington (CNN) – Robert Gibbs spent the bulk of the briefing on Egypt.   The situation in Egypt is changing day by day, hour by hour.  Robert Gibbs explains where the U.S. stands on Egypt

Click below for a sample of what Gibbs said today.

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Topics: Briefing Bites • Egypt • Robert Gibbs
February 4th, 2011
11:27 PM ET

White House week in review

WASHINGTON (CNN) - One word was on everyone's mind this week – Egypt. At the beginning of the week, "orderly transition" was the term the White House repeatedly used and by Friday, the phrase "begin now" had been used for days. Here's a look at what happened this week.


Topics: Egypt • The Visuals • week in review
February 4th, 2011
06:00 PM ET

Obama: "Attacks are unacceptable"

WASHINGTON (CNN) - During his Press Conference with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, President Obama says the attacks on reporters, human rights activists and peaceful protesters in Egypt are unacceptable.


Topics: Egypt • President Obama • Press Conference • The News
Obama to meet the press on Egypt
February 4th, 2011
01:05 PM ET

Obama to meet the press on Egypt

WASHINGTON (CNN) - After meeting behind closed doors with Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper, President Obama will answer questions from the press Friday afternoon for the first time since the unrest escalated in Egypt.

An administration official told CNN “it’s fair to say” the president's opening remarks will address the situation in the Middle East. FULL POST


Topics: Egypt • President Obama • Press Conference • The News
February 3rd, 2011
06:19 PM ET

POTUS and VPOTUS call counterparts facing unrest

WASHINGTON (CNN) – While keeping close watch of events in Egypt, President Obama made a phone call to President Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen on Wednesday to discuss the situation in Yemen.

“President Obama asked that Yemeni security forces show restraint and refrain from violence against Yemeni demonstrators who are exercising their right to free association, assembly, and speech,” the White House said in a written statement. “The President also told President Saleh that it is imperative that Yemen take forceful action against Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to protect innocent lives in Yemen as well as abroad. Finally, President Obama expressed concern over the release of Abd-Ilah al-Shai, who had been sentenced to five years in prison for his association with AQAP.”

The United States has increased its support for the Yemeni government as it fights terrorist threats within its borders. “President Saleh thanked the President for U.S. Support and committed to continuing and strengthening relations with the United States,” the White House said in the release.
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Briefing Bites
February 2nd, 2011
05:12 PM ET

Briefing Bites

WASHINGTON (CNN) - After no briefing yesterday, this afternoon's White House briefing was the first opportunity since Monday to get more details about the White House's views on the events in Egypt. While 95 percent of the hour-long briefing was about the situation in Egypt, Robert Gibbs did touch on several domestic issues, including the massive snowstorm hitting much of the U.S.

Click below on the top three exchanges from today's briefing. FULL POST


Topics: Briefing Bites • Egypt • Robert Gibbs
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President Obama makes remarks on Tuesday about the situation in Egypt, calling for a transition to be peaceful and "to begin now".
February 2nd, 2011
12:14 PM ET
February 1st, 2011
07:26 PM ET

Obama says Egypt's transition 'must begin now'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama made comments in the Cross Hall of the White House on Tuesday evening where he said that the orderly transition should be "meaningful, must be peaceful and it must begin now." Obama also earlier had a 30-minute phone conversation with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, according to a White House spokesman.

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Topics: Egypt • President Obama • The News
Did you know...?
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February 1st, 2011
12:03 PM ET

Did you know...?

Back in 1978, President Carter negotiated a peace deal between Anwar Sadat of Egypt and Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel. It was called the Camp David Accords because the intense negotiations took place over 12 days at Camp David in the Catoctin Mountains in Maryland. Although the deal was sealed in September of 1978, the final Egypt-Israel peace deal wasn't signed until March of 1979 in a ceremony at the White House.

Source: www.whitehousehistory.org and www.whitehouse.gov