February 21st, 2011
10:51 AM ET
It's Presidents' Day, and while President Obama has no public events on his schedule, according to a senior administration official, the president and his staff will be monitoring events in the Middle East as they unfold.
The official said the president was briefed by National Security Advisor Tom Donilon last night following the speech from the son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, and is being "kept up to speed" on events today.
The White House is analyzing Saif al-Islam Gadhafi’s speech to "see what possibilities it contains for meaningful reform," and is reaching out to senior Libyan officials to continue to urge the government to avoid violence against peaceful protesters.
According to the Administration, they are "considering all appropriate actions."