January 28th, 2011
07:54 PM ET

Obama speaks to Egyptian president

CNN) - President Barack Obama spoke with Egypt's president moments after Hosni Mubarak addressed his country, telling the Egyptian that he must make good on his promises and avoid a violent response to the thousands of protesters in the streets.

With parts of his capital ablaze, Mubarak said he was asking his government to resign and would soon announce a new one, pledging to address the concerns of thousand of Egyptians protesting in Cairo's streets.

"I just spoke to him after his speech," Obama said, "and told him he has a responsibility to give meaning to those words, to take concrete steps and actions that deliver on that promise. Violence will not address the grievances of the Egyptian people. Suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away.

"This moment of volatility has to be turned into a moment of promise," Obama said.

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Topics: Egypt • President Obama • The News

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  1. Stephen Real

    President Obama actually listens to regular people. (especially now that we move into the second half of the game)
    I like the man personally, even more now, that he's laid out his cards on the table, for the whole world to see, I waited for days to see what he would do.
    The Muslim Brotherhood is the foil for American politicos to support Mubarak, I think it's quite drool, pitiful and lap-doggish in it's presentation, which lacks any intellectual rigor for thoughtful debate, and is truly the hidden hand of the dictatorial forces and their supporters, in the way they play the Islamist card from the bottom of the deck to gin up support in the West for Mubarak.

    January 28, 2011 at 8:15 pm |
  2. Hani

    we are very concerned the Muslim Brotherhood taking over Egypt please help us...

    January 28, 2011 at 9:25 pm |

    Hey to ALL America and I yet to PRE. OBAMA. not need worry or help about World and Egypt's problem. Our America need OBAMA help our America only period. and yet stop OBAMA LOVE WORLD WIDE.

    January 29, 2011 at 2:15 pm |