Obama: ‘The people of Egypt have spoken’

By Nathan Diebenow
Friday, February 11, 2011 17:20 EDT
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WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama said Friday the people of Egypt had spoken after history moved at a “blinding pace,” and called on the now-ruling military to ensure a transition towards “genuine democracy.”

“The people of Egypt have spoken — their voices have been heard and Egypt will never be the same,” Obama said in his first public response to the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak after days of raging protests.

The US administration had struggled for days to find ways of impacting the 18-day crisis, as Mubarak had defied pressure to end his 30-year rule.

Obama had ratcheted up calls for a peaceful, swift transition to democracy, and on Friday he pledged the United States would stand with the people of Egypt — one of America’s staunchest allies and a recipient of some two billion dollars in annual aid.

“By stepping down, President Mubarak responded to the Egyptian peoples’ hunger for change,” Obama said in his brief statement, his only reference to a deposed Arab strongman who was a US ally for three decades.

“Egyptians have made it clear that nothing less than genuine democracy will carry the day,” Obama said, praising the military for serving responsibly to preserve the state.

On taking power Friday, the military moved quickly to reassure the citizens whose street revolt toppled Mubarak that it would respect the popular will.

And the White House called on the new authorities in Egypt to honor existing peace agreements with Israel.

“It is important the next government of Egypt recognize the accords that have been signed with the government of Israel,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said.

Mubarak’s hurried departure Friday — after saying late Thursday he would stay until September’s elections — will have brought relief in Washington, facing a dearth of options to force and end to the crisis.

Obama hailed the toppling of Mubarak, brought down by two-weeks of mass protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, as a defining moment in world history.

“The word Tahrir means liberation. It’s a word that speaks to that something in our souls that cries out for freedom,” Obama said.

“Forever more it will remind us of the Egyptian people, of what they did, of the things that they stood for, and how they changed their country and in doing so changed the world.”

The president also drew parallels to other tumultuous world events, highlighting the end of the Berlin Wall, Indonesians rising up against president Suharto, and Indian independence icon Mahatma Gandhi.

“We can’t help, but hear the echoes of history, echoes from Germans tearing down a wall, Indonesian students taking to the streets, Gandhi leading his people down path of justice,” Obama said.

He called on the armed forces to now ensure a political transition that is “credible in the eyes of the Egyptian people,” Obama said, warning there could be “difficult days ahead.”

“Over the last few weeks, the wheel of history turned at a blinding pace, as the Egyptian people demanded their universal rights,” he said.

As well as praising Egyptians, Obama also sought to make a wider point, apparently seeking to connect with Muslims elsewhere who felt marginalized and may be easy prey for extremists.

“Egyptians have inspired us and they’ve done so by putting the lie to the idea that justice is best gained through violence,” Obama said.

“For Egypt, it was the moral force of non-violence, not terrorism, not mindless killing, but non-violence, moral force, that bent the arc of history towards justice one more.”

US lawmakers on Friday were also weighing tighter controls on exports that can help repressive regimes cling to power.

The US Congress, which cheered anti-government protests in Iran last year, also applauded the turmoil that toppled Mubarak, amid worries that US aid and know-how hurt both movements.

“We continue to watch and have concerns about the misuse of any equipment that the United States provides or sells to another nation,” said a spokesman for the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee, Josh Holly.

This video is from the White House, broadcast via FoxNews Feb. 11, 2011, snipped by Mediaite.

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  • Hassan i Sabbah

    Now it’s your turn, Little Mubarak.

  • Anonymous

    What a fucking joke. The entire US government disregards the will of the US people and he says this?! What will he say when it’s our turn to protest? You can bet it’s then that all the draconian fascist laws they’ve passed over the past 10 years will be pulled out for play. Get ready for martial law and the FEMA camps. Oh and they have so many new toys to play with like microwave devices that will burn the hell out of your skin or ultra loud sound devices to blast out your eardrums or “dazzelers” that make you go blind. Fun, huh?

  • Anonymous

    We need a Revolution in America. Not the tea party revolution.

    The tea party is nothing more than useful idiots for the owners of production. The tea party wants to make sure no American has Health care, that no American has a decent wage, that every American must breath air that is equivalent to sucking on a car exhaust pipe.

    The tea party fights only for the owners of production. And when you fight for the owners of production your vision for this country is to make it look like Haiti, like China where the poor eats plastic instead of rice, like the slums of India.

    The tea party despises the Preamble to our Constitution the very thought of our elected officials doing their job looking out for the People is to the tea party what water is to the wicked witch.

    This movement is to totally reject the stupid Reaganomics, the stupid failed Bush Jr foreign and domestic policies. We need to go back to our roots and our roots is, “We the People”.

    The roots of the tea party is “We the Koch Brothers”.

  • Anonymous




  • TheDevilCanDance

    Hahaha, you have to give credit to President empty suit. After having done everything to keep Mubarak in place,he finally decided to endorse the self determination of the Egyptian people (but after the revolution……)

    Barack, you are an abomination :) & I suggest you change your name. You are an insult to its ethnicity

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PCRNBMCPGAOEFGLTXYZVLQ2QPA Razi Masoud

    Obama is like Fox News, FULL OF SHIT

  • Jaimie11

    And NPR our liberal propaganda machine is now saying that Obama was really on the side of the Egyptian people for the last three days.

    And people are going to remember that and swear it’s true in the future.

  • Jaimie11

    Rubicon, your river is running dry – Zionist Jews are not exclusively responsible for your problems – Zionists in general are. You must have heard of the Zionist Rockefeller – oh, is he Jewish too?

  • Anonymous

    Obama, you hypocrite wuzz. Shut up!

    For 18 days, I’ve had to endure this jackass, sitting on the fence, consulting with Israel and waiting. Consulting some more and waiting. Doing what they tell him to and waiting. The whole thing was sickening and painful to watch. Go away already.

    Yallah, yallah, Obama!

  • Anonymous

    What happened in Egypt should happen here. Obama’s FDA is a tyrannical mob employed by big Pharma and Monsanto and this should send chills down the spines of every American who wishes to remain healthy. Obama’s FBI/CIA/TSA spys on Americans and only they know how many have already disappeared. Obama’s military industrial complex continues their scam illegal wars for profit while bankrupting our country, and Obama’s financial and economic advisors are in the pockets of the Fed and their Illuminati bosses. It’s time We The People take back our own country!

  • TheDevilCanDance

    Well. you remember Goebbels notorious quotation?. :)

  • Anonymous

    …. and the President of the United States just farted

  • Jaimie11

    Oh yes, thank you Devil, let me paste it here for the young and innocent to ponder upon. I’d better mention also that Joseph Goebbels was Propaganda Minister for the Third Reich.

    There is so much to learn from history.

    “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” —- Joseph Goebbels

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ hounddogg

    you mean the Fox “news” business model?…

  • parrots_abound

    Wait, you’re the silly fellow who on the other thread said “We need another Lenin”. And then you go on to mention “Tea Partiers” when this article is about Obama and his frothing at the mouth for his PR work in front of the TV.

    Then you talk about “owners of Production”…hahaha…Socialist or Communist (you did espouse Lenin in the other thread right?)

    Yet you FAIL to mention the Insurance companies that will profit from Obama’s “Healthcare”…and forgot to mention that a true “social” model of healthcare was “off the table” to all involved.

    Hmmm Comrade?

    By the way, Communism was started by bankers as an experimental control mechanism under the guise of “people power”. It failed.

  • TheDevilCanDance

    Yup, that`s the one I was talking about :)

  • parrots_abound

    And John Kerry’s horse face claiming “but but but we have interests in Egypt, we need to think twice about this” (paraphrasing) or Clintons support of Suleiman the torture expert.

    Obama realized he America and Israel lost one of it’s puppets and tried to save face too late.

  • TheDevilCanDance

    Doggie, the ” ……” is my trade mark….. :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KFOFZHLUNJCQATOHPSVHSFKP3I pw

    You mean change his name again?

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ hounddogg

    i want to be you…

  • Anonymous

    If you had read my response to another poster in the other thread you would have read that I was speaking of Lenin the tactitian.

    Lenin lived in a complex society. America is a complex society as well with it’s different and competiing interests. The ability to mobilize a complex society with competing interests to get results it a difficult task.

    This ability to mobilize a complex society is what I am referring to when I say we need another Lenin. We do not have at this time such a person that can restore this nation back to it’s roots. The roots of this nation was not “owners of production vs labor” you won’t find that in the Preamble. What you will find in the Preamble is “We the People”.

    The U.S Supreme Court is corrupted. The owners of production has politiczed the court. Thomas lied to the people by hiding his wife’s connection with the owners of production. Roberts lied to the people by claiming he will not overturn long standing precedences. The U.S Supreme Court has lost their way. The goal of all their decision is to benefit the People and only the People and no one else but the People. The power we gave them is only to be used to benefit the People.

    If we don’t move quickly and fast the damage the Conservatives can do will be like a runaway train without brakes. We will not be able to stop this damage on a dime.

    Being prejudiced and biased about the name Lenin, would be missing the big picture.

    The big picture isn’t pretty because distortion and deciet caused the collapse of ACORN. Distortion and deciet is what helped Republicans make their comeback. These distortions and deciets are not being done because there is so much love for the People. Distortion and deceit is being done to screw the People.

    The People are on the losing end. They are being conned by Fox Fraud News, conned by the owners of production, conned by the members of the U.S Supreme Court, conned by the U.S Chamber of Commerce. The bullshit is piled so high, the cliche “we are in deep shit” is an understatement.

    Fakes and frauds such as Ron Paul or Obama or Palin or tea baggers any of the bozos doesn’t cut it. They are all too polarized. This is serious shit going down and we need to stop the madness started by Ronald Reagan, excelerated by Bush Jr and currently running like a train without brakes.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EYVXVW2OZBHLFJR5D4AISU73WE Juan

    Too bad Amerikans are too fat and comfortable to do what the Egyptians did. A Revolution is badly needed in this country, not just swapping politicians who are different in name only.

  • BuzzCoastin

    I HEARTILY ACCEPT the motto, — “That government is best which governs least”; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe, — “That government is best which governs not at all”; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have.
    Henry David Thoreau

  • http://www.balmorheaprogressive.blogspot.com/ BaileyWuXiang

    What a bunch of talking point claptrap.

  • http://www.balmorheaprogressive.blogspot.com/ BaileyWuXiang

    There going to have to SHOW me. Mubarak ANNOUNCED that he is stepping down and all our lying sack of shit politicians, including Obama, are jumping on the bandwagon of another sack of shit politician — Hoseme Mubarak. One news conference does not a fallen dictator make. My gut tells me this is all a high-flying circus act, a three-ring circus with elephants and clowns and ticket sales soaring. Mark my words, this a one big charade and Obama is part of it; although, he’s only the front-man.

  • TheDevilCanDance

    I used to make fun of the “Birthers” but since Obama is such a disingenous dirt bag , I wouldn’t be surprised to find out the sucker is actually not a US citizen :)

  • Anonymous

    What has this site become… Politico or the Drudge Report? I disagree with the President on many issues but the hatred from the left here is pathological. I wanted single payer, I want out of both wars, but dumping Obama just to usher in the Talibaptist Rushthuglicans gets you what exactly? Obama is not dictator. He has a dysfunctional Senate, a goober controlled House and a well run right wing propaganda machine convincing the voters that up is down. Get a grip or just admit your a GOBP troll. What’s your plan?

  • Anonymous

    This from a guy who lived by himself on a pond. Personally, I’ll take single payer.

  • Anonymous

    That was your brain.

  • Anonymous

    I agree.
    -Andrew Brietbart

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/UR4DHHC3P6RRXIUP4LWX54YN7I hu

    Mubarack Obama

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/UR4DHHC3P6RRXIUP4LWX54YN7I hu

    Obama’s not a dictator – he’s just a figurehead, like the Queen.

    We live in an oligarchy – we can vote as to whether the oligarchy has left-wing spokesmen or right-wing spokesmen. In case you haven’t noticed, the policy only changes on irrelevant issues like homosexuals in the imperial army.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah right.What people have spoken?
    http://www.activistpost.com/20… and

  • Anonymous

    The same “hunger for change” you promised to deliver to your supporters in 2008?

  • TheDevilCanDance

    “GOP troll…” Lol, not really original……You sound like a tool but not a creative one.

    What`s my plan?. keep on pissing off dorks like you :)

    Obama is a professional crap-master and you are a biscuit boy,if you are willing to swallow his bullshit.

  • Anonymous

    With absolutely no thanks to Obama. None.

    They will remember that.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SHCC7ZMVJOSVK4ATM7CVMQDNLU JoshuaK

    Where was OB when Iran was protesting their corrupt gov’t. And Now What!! Mubarak is out…. here comes freedom?? I hope so, but all signs point to Muslim extremist control. A small group of organized people (Muslim brotherhood) have greater power than a mass of unorganized oppressed poor people. Ever watch a small group of powerful tuna take out a mass of sardines?

  • Anonymous

    No. All the signs point to Obama installing another US puppet regime in Egypt. What remains to be seen is whether the Egyptian people will tolerate it.

  • Anonymous

    Sure, Josh…. sure. The “Brotherhood……”
    Certainly not the Zionists, oh, certainly not them.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    NOTE TO THE US GOVERNMENT: The people in the US have spoken too. Bring on change while we are demanding it at the ballot box, and not with guns at your heads!!! PAY ATTENTION!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    Exactly what the Bolsheviks did in Russia in 1917. They were a small minority party…and I think that is what the term actually means in Russian.

  • Anonymous

    Obushbama is so full of shit!

    He would have unleashed the military on us with orders to shoot to kill.

    He would have slaughtered us.

  • TheDevilCanDance

    Hahaha, Let me guess, you are from Tel Aviv, you hate Arabs & Palestinians, you consider Muslims are Nazis, and you fear the Muslim brotherhood are planning on bringing Hitler back to life?. My advice,stay away from drugs & Jewish conspiracy dot com :)

  • Anonymous

    Yes, the Egyptian people have spoken Mr. President. And maybe at some point the American people will find their voice too and speak in the same fashion.

  • ghostof911

    I have no links, but there is speculation that the opposition groups received money from the CIA. If anyone else read or heard news of that, links would be appreciated.

  • ghostof911

    Preznit Step ‘n Fetchit:

    “Forever more it will remind us of the Egyptian people, of what they did, of the things that they stood for, and how they changed their country and in doing so changed the world.”


  • http://www.phimcafe.com/ Xem Phim Online

    thank for sharing

  • Anonymous

    Obama is a disgusting person. I wonder if he is aware that the people spoke in 2008, but that had no affect on him or the Congress.

  • Anonymous

    Your comment is vile, hateful and dripping with ignorance.

  • Anonymous

    Buzz, with all due respect, you should never use platitudes in defense of an argument. That being said, the liberals, who generally if not always have it correct, understand completely that personal lives are not to be interfered with absent articulable and compelling circumstances (see the Bill of Rights, which is essentially superfluous to the Constitution) and heavily regulated in the economic/public spheres. It’s that simple: the government has no authority to tell me what I do to my body but it has all the authority to tell me when I sell insurance, when I dig for oil, or when I run a bank, how I may conduct my business. It really is that simple. Of course, you’ve got to first understand that life is about living and very little to do with earning money or making a profit off an investment.

  • Anonymous

    Algion, the reason is simple: Obama is worse than Bush. Why? Well, quite simply, everyone knew that Bush didn’t give a crap about anyone but the ruling class, but Obama told us he was different and he was for the people (that’s why he ran as a Democrat). In other words, everyone knew Bush was a sack of crap but Obama is worse because he pretended he was something that he was not.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    What a fucking hypocrite Obama is! And immediately after saying those words, we went on to rally for Israel. What a shill!

  • Johnny Warbucks

    It would never happen here. Americans are too stupid, complacent and coward. Besides, you can’t really start a revolution because you over extended your credit and crashed the economy while living in the fast lane.


    ‘The people of Egypt have spoken’….They certainly have sir…..we shall begin interrogations this week!

  • BuzzCoastin

    Thanks Jimbo, but since Thoreau’s has served as a model for my own independence, I don’t think of his words as platitudes. If you take the time to read the whole essay, you will discover that his complaints about the Federal government are still right-on. A discussion of his ideas could help us evolve a new form of government, which is not governance but service to the people.

    >Of course, you’ve got to first understand that life is about living and very little to do with earning money or making a profit off an investment.
    My understanding is exactly as you state it and I have been living outside the system & outside the US for over a decade now,