September 13th, 2012
08:00 AM ET
President Obama wakes up in Colorado this morning to continue his two-day campaign swing. Yesterday, he traveled to Las Vegas and his speech was a bit toned down from political rhetoric due to the situation in Libya. He stopped to remember the victims of the killings at the Benghazi consulate and began his remarks repeating his words from earlier on Wednesday about bringing the perpetrators to justice. Today, he has one political rally in Golden, Colorado and we will see if that toned-down speech is given again today. He'll return to DC this evening.
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April 5th, 2012
11:15 PM ET
The Muslim Brotherhood, the controversial group in Egypt key to the country's new government, is on a public relations tour and members had meeting with White House officials. CNN's Brianna Keilar reports on the meeting that the White House hopes to open lines of communications.
May 19th, 2011
02:09 PM ET
By CNN's Alan Silverleib
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The United States will support efforts for reform across the Middle East and North Africa, including "transitions toward democracy," President Barack Obama said Thursday
In a speech at the U.S. State Department laying out his policies toward the region, the president said he is marking "a new chapter in American diplomacy."
He pointed to recent popular uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria, and elsewhere. "The events of the past six months show us that strategies of oppression and strategies of diversion will not work anymore," Obama said.
People in parts of the region "have seized control of their own destiny," he said.
February 12th, 2011
04:38 PM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Egypt still topped President Obama's agenda on Saturday as he phoned world leaders to discuss the latest developments.
Obama spoke with British Prime Minister David Cameron, King Abdullah of Jordan, and Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey according to a written readout of the calls provided by the White House. The president "welcomed the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces' announcement today that it is committed to a democratic civilian transition, and will standby Egypt's international obligations," the statement said.
February 11th, 2011
12:13 PM ET
According to NSC Spokesman Tommy Vietor, President Obama was informed of President Mubarak's decision to step down during a meeting in the Oval Office. He then watched TV coverage of the crowds celebrating in Cairo for "several minutes" outside the Oval Office.
Obama did not speak with President Mubarak or Vice President Sulieman today prior to the announcement, per Robert Gibbs.
February 10th, 2011
08:04 PM ET
By the CNN Wire Staff
Editor's note: Read the full text of President Barack Obama's Thursday-night statement on Egypt.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama signaled clear support for protesters who have convulsed Egypt, saying Thursday night that "in these difficult times, I know that the Egyptian people will persevere, and they must know that they will continue to have a friend in the United States of America."
In a White House statement following a previously unscheduled meeting of Obama with this national security team, the president called President Hosni Mubarak's speech earlier in the night that announced he would hand over presidential authority to his vice president but remain in office both confusing and insufficient.
"The Egyptian people have been told that there was a transition of authority, but it is not yet clear that this transition is immediate, meaningful or sufficient," Obama said in the statement, later adding that the Egyptian government "must put forward a credible, concrete and unequivocal path toward genuine democracy, and they have not yet seized that opportunity."
Check out the complete story on CNNWorld.
February 10th, 2011
05:19 PM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) - As he flew back to the White House from Michigan, President Obama watched the speech delivered by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, according to reporters traveling on Air Force One.
In keeping with the administrations cautious approach to this “fluid” situation, Obama made no attempt to react to the latest development.
As he walked from Marine One back to the Oval Office for a meeting with his national security team, reporters shouted, “Did you speak with Mubarak? Did Mubarak go far enough? Anything on Mubarak? The president ignored all three questions.
A White House aide later told CNN “we don’t have any immediate comment.”
February 10th, 2011
12:53 PM ET
MARQUETTE, Michigan (CNN) – President Obama responded cautiously to reports about the likelihood that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will step down.
In his first comment to reporters about the development Obama said, “We’re going to have to wait and see what’s going on.”
After touring a demonstration of wireless broadband technology at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan, the president delivered remarks at the university and addressed the situation further.
"We are witnessing history unfold. its a moment of transformation that is taking place because the people of Egypt are calling for change," he said. "It's young people who have been at the forefront, a new generation, your generation who want their voices to be heard, and so going forward, we want those young people and we want all Egyptians to know America will continue to do everything that we can to support an orderly and genuine transition to democracy in Egypt."