Replay – Obama Speaks on Situation in Egypt

Obama prepares to deliver his weekly address

Tonight President Obama briefly addressed the situation unfolding in Egypt. Hosni Mubarak has said that he won’t seek another term in office, but hundreds of thousands of demonstrators continue to occupy the streets of Cairo and other Egyptian cities. Obama said that he spoke with Mubarak after the autocratic ruler gave a speech on Egyptian state television. Obama’s words were directed in particular at the Egyptian people and the country’s military, whom he praised for abstaining from violence and whom he said deserved freedom of assembly, freedom of communication (in a nod to re-open the Internet in Egypt) and freedom for fair elections.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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