Skip to comments.Obama persuades Mubarak to promise to step aside
Posted on 02/01/2011 3:12:36 PM PST by NormsRevenge
WASHINGTON (Reuters) President Barack Obama appeared on Tuesday to have persuaded his Egyptian counterpart, Hosni Mubarak, to take a middle course of promising to step aside later this year.
It was unclear if that would satisfy the hundreds of thousands of protesters who gathered across Egypt to call on Mubarak to immediately relinquish power.
After days of putting pressure on Mubarak while seeking to avoid unleashing instability in the longtime U.S. ally and most populous Arab nation, Obama sent an envoy to privately urge the Egyptian president to prepare for a transition in power.
Hours later, Mubarak said in a speech that he would not run for the presidency in September and would work in the last months of his term to allow the transfer of power, saying the main priority was the stability of the nation.
"It won't work. This just really won't work," Elliot Abrams, a former deputy national security adviser, told CNN.
"I can't see anybody in Tahrir Square accepting that he will be president for eight more months and that he would, after 30 years, be trusted to be the man in charge of the democratic transition. Why would anyone believe that?"
Former U.S. ambassador Frank Wisner met with Mubarak earlier and delivered a message about the need to prepare for an "orderly transition," according to U.S. officials.
Obama has struggled to balance pressure to back protesters' calls for political change against any perception the United States is meddling in another country's affairs. U.S. officials have been concerned that publicly urging Mubarak to quit would unsettle other authoritarian U.S. allies in the region.
Mubarak, 82, has been a close U.S. partner for decades.
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Somehow, this stinks. This story looks to be crafted to put Obozo in the best light. Would Mubarek actually listen to Obozo? I doubt it.
So did the Muslim Brotherhood. So it means???????????????
The WON will take all the credit in his little statement tonight from the Withe Hut! I hope Mubarack sticks it to Berry!
Obama has made a deal , ala chicago style, at night , behind closed doors with Mubarek...
He just wants to Muzzies to take over, doesn’t he?
I could come up with all kinds of pithy remarks about now..
but you must admit, Obammy is delivering on one of his two themes.
He never said for the better.
Isn’t that just like our Barry? He could sell you the shirt your wearing. /s
Why in the hell would anyone with half a brain even listen to Zippy Obama?
That’s our Barry .. or as some of his most intimate friends call him,, Imam. ;-)
I think the protesters and rioters did that.
Lets start the American Brotherhood just to frighten the weenies.
Public enemy number 1 is the media. They always have his back, don’t they. I pray every day for God’s intervention.
Obama to speak on Egypt Tuesday evening
coming up shortly on a tube near you..
Doesn’t this just go to show that he’s a Muslim usurper? He continued to tell everyone to let Iran decide and not interfere there, when the Muslims were killing people, now he’s interfering where the Muslims have a chance to usurp power. This is extremely scary. He’s one walking, stinking lie after another. Will the media ever call him on his pathetic ruse? I can’t stand this guy and how he’s tearing the world apart while telling everyone just the opposite. The second term of Jimmy Carter for sure. Blah!
Public enemy number 1 is the media. They always have his back, dont they.
You noticed that too, huh? ;-)
Wow! Elliot Abrams is out of jail and back on the MUST QUOTE list for journolisters...
Title change.. now reads..
Mubarak promise comes after private Obama message