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.The “press conference,” in the EEOB’s South Court Auditorium, is not expected to be an extended event, rather a “1 + 1,” the official said. That means one question from the U.S. press and another from Canadian reporters.

President Obama has twice made short public remarks on the fragile situation in Egypt, calling for a peaceful “transition to begin now.” Both times he has followed televised statements by embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who refuses to step down, but has vowed to not seek re-election in September.

Topics: Egypt • President Obama • Press Conference • The News

soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Jay in NC

    Egypt was once our best middle east ally. Now, because of this administrations failed policies the area has erupted into violence and possibly war. Protesters hold signs stating 'Obama go home.' Reporters are being kidnapped and beaten. Egyptians have lost respect for the USA.

    Last week the president spewed rhetoric about the removal of Egypt's government. That rhetoric turned a peaceful protest into the violence and bloodshed we see today. What ever happed to the great orator who, with only a spoken word, would bring peace and understanding? Where is the respected Nobel Peace Prize Laureate?

    It is obvious that forcefully removing Egypt's president will create a vacuum of power. One that may be filled by less capable and a more destructive party. A peaceful transition is the only answer. Not revolution, not under threat, not with so many lives disrupted.

    February 4, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  2. Liz Carter in Georgia

    That is exactly what PRESIDENT OBAMA ASKED of the EGYPTIAN PEOPLE! MUBARAK said he wouldn't seek re-election, but the people said NO! They want him out now! PRESIDENT OBAMA ASKED them to try to work 'a peaceful transition'! I know you like to blame any and everything on this administration and especially this president; but this time, it won't fly! The eruption did NOT occur because of PRESIDENT OBAMAS' message to them! It happened because MUBARAK isn't moving fast enough! You are pure evil, Jay!

    February 4, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
  3. Jay in NC

    Egypt has a population of about 83,000,000. Because 300,000 people decide to throw rocks and scream is not a reason to dismantle the government. If that is all it takes then lets round up enough people to march on Washington and demand Barry's resignations. Mmmmm, dare to dream.

    Mubarak said he would not run a gain. OK, so now who ever wants to be elected will probably need about 6 months to inform the people of their views. Have a peaceful election in September. Otherwise you are setting a dangers precedent. What happens the next time the people do not agree? More rocks or, God forbid, guns.

    February 4, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
  4. Liz Carter in Georgia

    There have been over 30 years of AMERICAN 'failed policies' dealing with EGYPT, even according to FOX! One big one, as far as I'm concerned, is the 1.5 billion we give them in aide every year! That plays into our national debt too! We aide many countries, and can't seem to get aide for ours, other than from CHINA; especially when some of us are ready to set off another BIG MONEYMAKER, and go 'fight'! WE HAVE TO BUY ALLIES! The international community lost respect for AMERICA years ago! BUSH finished it off!

    February 4, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
  5. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I've been watching this event everyday since it started and have never seen any signs that read 'Obama go home'! How can that be when he wasn't even there? If you saw them, tell me who showed that in the news! They certainly do want AMERICANS out of there, especially the lying propagandists AMERICAN media. I don't blame them because they've seen how our media handles our OWN affairs with halftruths, lies, and bigotry; setting up a certain desired perception! AMANPOUR and COOPER are the TRUTHFUL ones!

    February 4, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
  6. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Oh! So you ARE for the dictatorial government, that I'm sure MORE than 300,000 people are saying they want freedom from! They say they are living off $2.00 per day under this government; and they want dignity, opportunity and the respect they deserve. Well, why did you excuse BUSH to go and dismantle IRAQs' government of its' dictator Saddam Hussein? They really were waving signs that read 'BUSH GO HOME'. Soldiers were being told to go home! But you all still want to claim it was THE legitmate thing to do!

    February 5, 2011 at 12:50 am |
  7. Liz Carter in Georgia

    You can't have it both ways! As far as your suggestion that we should try to gather up enough people to try to demonstrate in the streets and make PRESIDENT OBAMA resign, why don't you try! See how many you could come up with! That's all your TEAPARTY was organized for! To 'take back THEIR government'! But they couldn't even find enough stupid AMERICANS to really go along with that stupidity! Most AMERICANS know, if we didn't throw BUSH out, they don't have a REAL reason to even think of throwing out OBAMA!

    February 5, 2011 at 1:09 am |