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February 8th, 2011
05:00 PM ET

Rate Obama administration's handling of Egypt?

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People demonstrated in support of Egypt's uprising against President Hosni Mubarak in front of the White House earlier this week. Secretary of State Clinton called for international support for an orderly transition to democracy, warning of forces that might try to derail it. (PHOTO CREDIT: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Dealing with politics in the Middle East can be tantamount to juggling hand grenades, but some think the Obama administration is making a mess of its response to the crisis in Egypt.

The White House is sending out mixed messages.

First, President Barack Obama said Egypt's transition "must be meaningful, it must be peaceful and it must begin now," and It looked like the administration was taking steps to increase pressure on Hosni Mubarak to step aside. Well, maybe not.

Since then, Mubarak has made it clear he's not going anywhere until September. He says he needs to stick around to maintain stability.

So the administration is changing its tune. Now Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, says the process in Egypt will be "bumpy" and that "it's going to take some time to work this stuff out."

Meanwhile, the administration is undercutting its own diplomat, Frank Wisner. They sent him to Egypt to negotiate directly with Mubarak.

Upon his return, Wisner said Mubarak should stay in office - at least for now so he can hand over authority in an orderly manner. But Gibbs says Wisner doesn't speak for the administration. Gibbs says the Egyptians should decide the details of the transition.

Potential Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich calls all this back-and-forth "amateurish." Gingrich says he's concerned about the administration's handling of the situation and that it can't get on the same page as its special envoy.

Here’s my question to you: How would you rate the Obama administration's handling of the crisis in Egypt?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Rose in Glendale, Arizona writes:
I believe that the Obama administration should get a below average grade on the crisis in Egypt. First, it appears they were taken by surprise by the uprising and it took them too long to even make a statement. Second, sending a credible diplomat to assess the situation and then stating that he doesn't speak for the administration most certainly sends a mixed message. To sum it up, I don't think they know what they are doing.

Riley in Seattle writes:
For walking a tricky tightrope, the Obama administration gets full marks; for seizing the moment, zero. Like Reagan at the Berlin Wall, this "transformational" president had his moment in history. Coming out clear and true on the side of human rights and letting the chips fall would have been his game-changer.

Dan in Clifton, Virginia writes:
I'll give them a C+. They haven't done anything helpful, but they also haven't done anything harmful. Frankly, I'm not sure what people want them to do. If they back the protesters, they'll get slammed for turning their backs on an ally. If they back Mubarak, they'll get slammed by the same people for supporting an oppressive regime. Let's face it, Newt Gingrich was going to slam Obama no matter how he handled this.

Valerie in Raleigh, North Carolina writes:
The president hit just the right tone. He urged Mubarak to leave. He expressed his support for democracy but did not inject himself and America into this situation. Leaders of other countries did the same. This is an Egyptian problem and should be solved by Egyptians.

Jevon in Ledgewood, New Jersey writes:
Considering that we have to work with whoever ends up at the top of the pyramid, I think Obama's high-wire walk has been excellent so far...especially since the wire is barbed!


Filed under: Egypt • Obama Administration
soundoff (146 Responses)
  1. Lorne - San Luis Obispo, Calif

    Pie-in-the-sky cries for instant Egyptian freedom is kids stuff. Kudos to the Obama administration for being the gown-ups. Urging calm and guiding a methodical, responsible course for democracy in the Middle East is the best chance for lasting change. A+.

    February 8, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  2. Randy Tucson, AZ

    I believe that President Obama recognizes that Egypt is a souveran Country and has the right to decide its own destiny. For us to try to inject our wants and desires into this country's future, would be tantamount to China telling us how to run our country. If money and foreign aid gives this right, then China has greater rights to control us.They have a lot more money invested in our country than we have invested in Egypt. We are not the king of the sandbox, and should not be so myopic as to think that we can control everything.

    February 8, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  3. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack,

    The President is doing a decent job with a tough situation. The radical right always wants the US to stand behind a hard line regime against the unwashed masses who want freedom, unless, of course, it's a hard line regime they don't like (Iran.)

    February 8, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  4. Harold from Anchorage

    Somebody tell Newt that the "back and forth" talk is what is called diplomacy, a process many of us find preferable to invasion.
    Ii looks like the administration is doing its job; it would be great to see a transition from dictatorship to democracy without major bloodshed.

    February 8, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  5. kim smith, Dodge City, Ks.

    If we get involved at all, at any level, then I would rate the administration's handling of this as very poor. Why is it that we never learn to keep our noses out of everyone's affairs? Egypt has been around since dirt was invented, and if they haven't figured out how to exist in peace by now, then the chances of the U.S. having any impact them is beyond the most remote speculation. Their culture can not survive in a democracy, as we know it, because they never had the chance to start small. This will end up being all about weapons sales and oil, as usual.

    February 8, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  6. Alice

    In my opinion, I think they are handling the situation just fine.

    February 8, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  7. Terry- Greensburg, IN "Hoosier Hillbilly"

    Freed young leader energizes Egyptian protests
    CAIRO (AP) – A young leader of Egypt's anti-government protesters, newly released from detention, joined a massive crowd in Cairo's Tahrir Square for the first time Tuesday and was greeted with cheers, whistling and thunderous applause when he declared: "We will not abandon our demand and that is the departure of the regime." Many in the crowd said they were inspired by Wael Ghonim, the 30-year-old Google Inc. marketing manager who was a key organizer of the online campaign that sparked the first protest on Jan. 25 to demand the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak. Straight from his release from 12 days of detention, Ghonim gave an emotionally charged television interview Monday night where he sobbed over those who have been killed in two weeks of clashes and insisted, "We love Egypt ... and we have rights."

    'U' reckon "OUR" younger generation would ever have the guts to do this?

    February 8, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  8. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Better than Gingrich!

    February 8, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  9. Greg of Mechanicsburg PA

    Obama should handle the situation in Egypt exactly as he has. To favor the side of the Muslim Brotherhood would be premature while favoring the side of Mubarak sides with the status quo. Obama has done neither, persuading Mubarak to step aside as soon as possible without setting forth mandates. He has taken sides with the protestors while siding with stability. There is no other middle ground for Obama to occupy.

    February 8, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  10. Angela Savage Austin Owings Mills, Maryland

    Five Stars*****, everything is not for everyone. He was wise to let the people of Egypt govern themselves. We live in glass houses here in American, but its still the greatest country ever. God Bless America....God Bless The World!!!!!

    February 8, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  11. Gail, Plano TX

    Jack: I honestly do not think our administration should be "handling" anything pertaining to Egypt. Let Egypt solve its own problems. Let's stop meddling in affairs that are really none of our business. And do we really care what former disgraced speaker Gingrich has to say? I don't!

    February 8, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  12. Joe Ft Walton Bch Fl

    We all know or should have known that Mubarak was paid very generously by the Administration to stabilize the area, and maintain the peace treaty with Israel. The man is not a billionaire just from his salary. He just inherited a situation that turn bad on him. He was trying somehow to appease the crowd and Mubarak at the same time. Well done. He couldn't have handle it any different.

    February 8, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  13. Pat in Michigan

    well he carefully backed a democratic solution after every president in the past has backed a tyrant.himself included.he did try to not appear as though we had the power to dictate even though we do.
    I do wish Jack you or Mr. Blitzer would report on How Mubarek came to power in the first place .

    February 8, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  14. L. R. Illinois

    A+ I think he handled it just fine. We are not the police of the world, they and other countries need to take care of their own problems. We cannot rush in and take over. I think the citizen's of Egypt are doing just fine without us. We cannot be war mongers.

    February 8, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  15. Olga

    Being from Texas and observing the 'shoot first and ask questions later', I feel that President Obama 'speaks softly and carries a big stick' is much better.

    Yes, let the people of Egypt decide whether or not to prolong the 30-year dictatorship or not.

    Olga
    Austin, Tx

    February 8, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  16. Gigi Oregon

    A+ I will trust the President and Mrs. Clinton over Gingrich any day of the week. Remember the Republicans went to war without a plan or financing and in the wrong country. And we are nearing bankruptcy with other off the wall decisions, concerning banking etc. created by Republican advice. So the best thing to do "in my opinion" let our country pay off the last Republican adventures. And make sure next time we have a plan and most of all the financing, before we help out another country Our grandchildren are going to resent the debt we are creating for them, by the time they are old enough to pay taxes.

    The united states could find it's self in the same position as Egypt if our young people decide our government isn't responsible.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  17. Anthony J. Frascino from Swedesboro, NJ

    Despite his obvious duplicity, Mubarak kept Egypt stable after the Sadat assassination. He did our bidding by entering into a peace treaty with Israel And squashing the radical fringes of his country. In return, we gave him billions which he apparently stashed for his retirement.
    Obama was left with decades of of the State Department's manipulative
    contrivances to keep Egypt in the fold no matter the dictator. He was left with all the blood on his hands and waffled as the State Department scurried. When you have thirty years of intrigue, it's unfair to blame Obama. We must stay out of it until the dust settles and then pick up the pieces.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  18. aden

    I,woul give him high rate.(and lets stay out of it.)

    February 8, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  19. Joseph Kavanaugh

    Obama is handling Egypt just like ANY other mid eastern country that has something to do with oil, very carefully...any doubters?

    Postal Joe, Rock Hill, NY

    February 8, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  20. Overby from Melbourne

    He hasn't done one way or the other, nothing good and nothing bad, so there's no criteria to judge his performance, if you can call that 'performance'.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  21. Mike in Denver

    The crisis may be over by the time the Obama administration figures out how to deal with it.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  22. katiec Pekin, IL

    This is such a delicate situation. Our country cannot continue to dictate to other countries. President Obama appears to be trying to be an advisor and consultant rather than demand.,
    Jack, who cares what the disgraced Gingrich has to say about anything??

    February 8, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  23. Marie MD

    Exactly like a foreign country should. Stay out of it! It IS not our problem. The Egyptians are very capable of doing whatever it takes.
    Thank goodness President Obama is at helm or we would have already bombed the square and killed thousands the bush/cheney way.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  24. Bill

    Fumble....

    February 8, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  25. Roman, Butler, Pa

    Hey Jeck, I dont think anyone republican, democrat or Sarah Palin would know what to do. This is bigger then all of them. If Mubarack tries to hold on to power, Egypt is going to blow up. The Egyptian people arent dumb. They know Mubarack is stalling trying to out last them. There can be orderly transition, but first Mubarack must step aside. Can you imagine what would happen in Egypt and the Middle East if Mubarack comes up with an excuse to stay longer?

    February 8, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  26. David Shelly

    I am so sick and tired of the Monday night quarterbacking going on as it relates to the administration. Seems to me that every time we meddle and stick our nose in the business of a sovreign nation we get ourselves in trouble!!!

    Really think it's time that Sarah Palin just SHUT UP!!!!!!

    February 8, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  27. Susan from Idaho

    This administration has been the envy of every tightrope walker on the planet. Hell I've change my mind a couple of times too.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  28. Dan (Clifton, VA)

    I'll give them a C+. They haven't done anything helpful, but they also haven't done anything harmful. Frankly, I'm not sure what people want them to do. If they back the protesters they'll get slammed for turning their backs on an ally. If they back Mubarak, they'll get slammed by the same people for supporting an oppressive regime. Let's face it, Newt Gingrich was going to slam Obama no matter how he handled this.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  29. Sid

    Jack
    I feel Obama adminstration is getting "shell-lacked" yet again here. This is a tough...one that historians to judge later.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  30. Chuckster

    This is how foreign (and domestic, I might add) affairs are handled when you have a bunch of rookies in the White House and the Administration.

    Leavenworth, Kansas

    February 8, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  31. Rolf Mitchel

    The administration's handling of the situation is, not only amateurish, it is amateurish naivete. They send an emmisary to Egypt and, then, don't take his advice. Please, flush the toilet because that's where our policy is and it's beginning to smell.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  32. Lamia Roushey

    I think it is non of their business. Let the people of Egypt handle their own problem, they are living it and they are the best judge for what they want. I hope the USA stop sticking their nose in other countries Business and let us focus in our own problems here. How Obama and his administration will feel if another country asked them to leave or asked told them how to run their own country?

    February 8, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  33. Reina Marcia

    President Obama is asking the Egyptian people to do what it wouldn’t have been acceptable to the founding Fathers. Asking Mubarak to supervise the transition is like asking the British King to supervise our transition because we were not capable of handling the transition it without the king’s blessing.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  34. Kyle A. Foster

    The administration's response to Egypt has been uncoordinated, confusing and unimpressive. Today's telephone call from V.P. Biden to V.P. Suleyman was a step in the right direction. I think the best policy would be for President Obama to make one, clear, televised statement. 'The United States government supports democracy in Egypt. Hosni Mubarek should step down.' Then remain quiet and let the Egyptian people settle the issue.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  35. Bruce Wilkey

    The people in Tahrir Square are telling the Obama administration and the world what they want. They want Mubarak to go, now. They want to be "the people" in an Egyptian government "of the people". Sadly, they have not clearly stated who they want in Mubarak's place. It's not even clear that they themselves know. From what we know of him, I am sure the USA and Israel want Suileman since he is a trusted stooge. His participation in rendition and torture have endeared him to our war machinery. The liklihood is, though, that he will simply become another powerhungry autocrat and will not treat the Egyptian people any better that Mubarak has done.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  36. MissKatie

    Not a U.S. citizen, just a Canadian that is confused and concerned. I wish the Obama Administration could get all their people together and speak the same language. I keep getting the feeling that Hillary is trying to make a name for herself for the future......not sure she is ever going to be on the same page. Regardless, there now needs to be one and only one message on Egypt.........from the President of the USA and no one else should have power to change that message.

    MissKatie,
    Ontario Canada

    February 8, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  37. Mark Greenbaum

    Mubarak has to go; now. But the administration has done about as much as they can with a sovereign nation, nothing is easy in the middle east. I believe that Wisner spoke out of turn, and the Administration is distancing itself from his comments.

    Other countries have no experience with democracy so those countries will make mistakes during the transition. The President has made it clear that Mubarach must make the transition now. Pushing harder might simply make Mubarak dig in deeper in to his bunker mentality, we're already starting to see it.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  38. jen

    I don't think the Obama administration should have anything to do with the situation in Egypt. Don't we have enough of our own problems that require our time and resources? If "the administration"(Obama, Bush, Clinton....take your pick) would mind our own business the world would be a much easier place to live. Politicians and the media are only good for one thing, and that is creating a huge mess out of nothing.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  39. Richard Ponting

    Smart.

    It is not the United States mission or responsibility to determine who leads in Egypt. The peaceful transfer of power from an autocratic leader to a more democratic form of government is rare. I see Obama's role as an advisor, not as a determinate factor in choosing the next leader of a foreign government. So how is he doing. He is advising an ally how to let go of power to allow democracy to emerge.

    Smart

    February 8, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  40. James in Vancouver

    Jack
    In the beggining I would rate President Obamas handling as a 9/10. it was a difficult situation then came out of no-where. However; in the last few weeks i am ashamed of my government and yours. For years we have propped up these regimes while spouting crap about democracy and how important it is for all citizens of the world.We cant have it both ways.
    If The USA truly believes in democracy then it is time to denounce Mubarak and his band of thugs. We need to embarass them publicly and we need to get them out of power.
    If the people of Egypt want a true deomocracy they will get it and it is up to every other democracy in the world to back these poor souls. wehave already pulled out countless media. Keep the spotlight on them and we must all protect these demonstrators the best way we can...by PUBLICLY backing them.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  41. Alvin

    The corruption of any government is owned by that government and must be dealt with according to the people it serves. We have to let that process unfold. If this situation was unfolding in america we would not let "any" country tell us how to respond. It is about time we mind our own business. We need to stop thinking about ourselves and how everything affects us. It reminds me of a self-centered teen-ager. Egypt has been around many more years than us and by the looks of it, will be around when we are gone. Egypt, though an ally, cannot allow another country to decide its political future, the people deserve that honor. It matters not how Obama deals or has dealt with this as it really is of no concern. We will certainly have a bi-polar relationship with any government that arises. Better yet, we will probably prop up the next government anyway. Our self-centered self and our money will certainly play a major factor in deciding the future of this modern day Egypt.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  42. Eileen Murphy

    President Obama has acted in a commendable statesmanlike manner in this whole Egyptian Chaos./ Who asked Newt Gingrich?

    February 8, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  43. Taylor

    I would say his handling of the situation has been fairly good. This situation is one that must be handled carefully. The people who have been criticizing him are the same who believed we should pursue operation Iraqi freedom in the first place. Its just politics. The people who are worried are the ones like Glenn Beck, who believes that there is some caliphate conspiracy between the muslims and marxists.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  44. Melissa

    I think the Obama WH is doing as well as can be expected. Contrary to what many would like to hear, this is not going to be an easy fluid line to solving this problem. We cannot oust Mubarak in a coup, so the Administration is slowly and consistently pressuring him out the door, as the protestors want, while at the same time trying to maintain some semblance of control with who will be left in power for us to deal with.
    For those looking for an easy quick firm resonse that's not how Diplomacy works.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  45. BPadgett

    Why does President Obama and the US have to "handle" Egypt at all? Why don't we just keep our funds and our military and our interests at home and "handle" our huge problems with Mexico/unemployment/jobs/.....do I have to continue?

    February 8, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  46. A Tesh

    The administration is all over the place. The inconsistencies reflect a lack of experience with complicated world affairs made worse by a futile desire to make all sides happy with the President. Arnold T. Washington, DC

    February 8, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  47. Ken in NC

    Frankly Jack, I don't give a hoot. I want a job in the USA. It's none of our business what Egypt does. We don't have the right to say who should lead the country unless you are S. Palin.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  48. Alex

    Obama is just another politician. Talk about Democracy, Freedom and the will of the people is nonsense. His stand on handling Egypt is very hesitant and untruthful. History will remember Obama as the man who tried to help the Egyptian dictator Mubarak and Suppress the Egyptian people.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  49. Sonny E. - Ocala, FL

    On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the best, I think Obama deserves an 8 on Egypt. A few waffles as the situation unfolds, but he's been cautiously firm with Mubarek. BTW, could you please ask Newt Ginrich to retire from public life. He makes me ill.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  50. Jim Pryke

    How quick the GOP is to criticize the Obama administration. Look at the situation. Evaluate the multitude of issues which are swirling around this question. With all the potential repercussions I would much have a thoughtful, educated decision rather than a "W-like, 'bring 'em on' " knee jerk reaction. If Gingrich can't see the need to proceed cautiously, should he even be considering politics. The US does not need him. Keep up the good, determined effort Mr. President.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  51. Bennie J Williamson

    Amateur is absolutely correct. Bungling for sure.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  52. Ginger McGraw

    Jack,
    Do you really believe that any one of us – including you – know enough about the situation to give an assessment? We are not teachers who know more about the topic than the student in order to assign a grade. Newt G. doesn't know what has been done by the administration. He does not have access to all the information President Obama has, and for him to act like he knows better is purely political grandstanding and armchair quarterbacking. Any opinion we viewers, the politicians, or the news commentators have is also an uninformed opinion.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  53. Ethan from NY

    In my opinion as best as he can. No matter what this President does he will always have his critics and naysayers. He really has no choice but to appear as neutral as he can. If he publicly comes out and demands Mubarak's resignation, then the U.S. is going to be viewed as being behind the orchestration of the opposition protests. If he doesn't, then the U.S. will be viewed as supporters of those who suppressof human rights. Either way this might end up being a lose-lose situation for the U.S.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  54. Cary

    It's a little early for ratings. This seems to be a fluid situation. These days everone wants immediate results that favor themselves. Thhe loudest mouth jumps in early, Newt ?

    February 8, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  55. ulla

    I lived in the East for more than 10 years,and understand the situation pretty well. It is extremely complicated and complex, a good instinct and compoprehension of religion and culture is needed to play it well. Obama is doing a reasonable job I find, it is impossible to do it perfectly since the situation changes all the time. All those who have the answers so quickly availabe need to be listened to with great care, it is easy to do the talking when you are not in charge...Ulla, CA

    February 8, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  56. Andrew

    As long as countries in the Middle East have oil, the Obama Administration will use any excuse like the one they have for Egypt to get to it. It's time the nation's people wake up and realize what really is going on.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  57. Linda, Burlington, VT

    It's hard to rate Obama's response to the Egypt crisis, since we don't know everything that's being done. I would like to see more public comment from Obama and H. Clinton, preferably with a stronger statement of American support for the protesters and their call for freedom.

    I see some back-and-forth, but not as much as others do. In any case, it is not Obama who is undercutting his envoy. Rather, it is Wisner who is out of line. Presumably he knew the Administration's position; iif he disagreed with it, he should have brought the subject up privately rather than making a public statement.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  58. Tamar B

    Shame on Obama. All this BS about an orderly transition simply means he is siding with a Dictator; he is against democracy and the people of Egypt. and his "Yes we can" is dying in Cairo.
    TB

    February 8, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  59. Gamal

    As an American of Egyptian heritage I find the Obama admin dealing with the Egyptian revolution to be both disappointing and hypocritical. We should be on the side of people not just because Mubarak will go sooner or later and people of Egypt will always be there, but because it is the right thing to do.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  60. Renee Peoria,Ill

    Isn't it sad that during our own election times every politician, on both sides, proclaims this is the greatest democracy ever but when the people of another country demonstrate and even give their lives to fight for the same thing in their country everybody in Washington goes limp. And all because we have an 'established' relationship with the current dictator. I know the W.H. thinks they're walking a tightrope on this one but backing the people (another great rallying cry in America during election campaigns) is the best thing we could do, not only for the Egyptians but for our future relations with them. So far, I give Obama a C-.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  61. Tom Meehan

    The administration is handling the situation like a bunch of school kids. No,that is wrong! School kids could handle it much better! Especially lower level grades. A lot of times less is best and when Obama jumped in the ring my teen age son asked why would he even comment without knowing where this was headed. Even my pre high school son saw this coming.
    Tom,
    MN

    February 8, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  62. Steve from South Florida

    This is a very tough situation for any president. Again, our friend was the bad guy. Again, over the years we have propped up a tyrant. What the president is doing is just what you would expect any SANE mature person to do (sorry Newt!). Show respect both to our old friend while gentlt nudging him out and supporting those who seek freedom. Difficult position, and guess what, the results may nor be exactlt what we want.
    How can this be the President's fault, Newt? And pray tell, just what would you have done?

    February 8, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  63. Jack P.

    Obama is a think-zero-moves-ahead chess player. He doesn't know how things play out, and he has no savvy. Transition NOW?! To WHAT?! To an empty presidential desk? Or worse, some fanatical group? Dumb!

    February 8, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  64. Chad

    It's really hard to say. I mean if we are too heavy handed it could backfire, but if we do nothing we might have another Rwanda situation on our hands. We as citizens really don't know what goes on in the oval office, and all the information the president has. I hope we are doing the right thing.

    Chad
    Texas

    February 8, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  65. Barb Reed

    It's amazing to me all the so-called experts weighing in and criticizing the administration. There's no handbook for this type of very fluid situation. You have to assess and reassess on an almost hourly basis.... nor are we privy to what may be going on behind the scenes.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  66. Fred Hoffman

    "Amateurish" is a significant understatement! I'm not even sure Obama knows what the Administration's official policy is. If the contradictory statements of the Secretary of State, the Special Envoy to Egypt and the Press Secretary are any indication, there is no defineable policy or diplomatic stance.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  67. Paul Burgman

    President Obama's handling of the situation in Egypt gets a grade of a "c-" at best. When Mubarak dismissed his initial government, that was the moment that the protesters knew they had him on the ropes and it appears they have vowed to not let Mubarak get out of his final round on his feet! The Obama administration's hesitation to make concrete decisions in times of crisis seems to be one of his administration's strongest flaws. So I advise the President to take a lesson from history. After the failure of the Bay of Pigs, Kennedy apologized to the American people for the failure of his decision making and afterwards his popularity went up. His popularity went up not because he made the wrong decision but because he made A decision and stood by the consequences of that decision. No President wants to be on the wrong side of history but when we look back 20 years from now we wont be able to find our President on either side of history in this situation because he continues to straddle the fence!

    Paul Burgman
    Houston, Texas

    February 8, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  68. Nash Boutros

    Jack,
    This situation made it clear. When US interests conflict with the stated principles (Freedom, Democracy, Human Rights, and the like), interests previal.

    I see President Obama trying not to fall into this. it is a difficult strugle as all old guards around him are of the old emperialist mind set.
    Negroponti is dispecable.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  69. Bernard

    As usual, the GOP 2012 presidential contenders are criticizing Obama for their own self-serving interest.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  70. Robert Cotellesse

    First I thought he was doing ok, then we started hearing how being forceful would send a wrong message to our "Allies" in the arab world and beyond. Then, the transition will take time and we need to negoicate with the same people the Egyptians want gone.

    I believe sending a message to ALL our friends in the middle east that we will no longer back them, when for decades we have tried to steer them in a diffrent direction, is find with me.

    Again, our President is trying to compromise an uncompromising situation. Get off the porch and start swinging.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  71. John Deridder,La.

    The Obama admin. is doing what they should be doing, siding with Egyptian Democracy. What more does people want from Obama, to send in our troops and oust another dictator? People need to realize how delicate a situation this really is and know that Pres. Obama has a whole team of experts on foreign policy around him at all times to give him the best info possible for what is going on. This is the Egyptian peoples revolution and all we can do is be there for support and twist a few arms when possible. Anything more could risk an anti-American backlash.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  72. Yedil

    Obama has reinforced the notion that he preaches water and drinks wine by denying the democratic aspirations of not only Egyptians but all of the oppressed world. The negative perception however does not reflect on his administration alone, since it has shown that the US despite being founded on the ideals of democracy and most recently equal right, it would rather be an obstacle than a partner in others' pursuit of those same rights.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  73. Jim

    Jack,

    Obama gets an A for handling an impossible situation as well as anyone could. If Bush was still in office we'd be at war with Egypt by now. If Palin was in office, she'd still be on her front porch craning her neck trying to see Cairo.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    February 8, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  74. atensley

    first of all Jack why would anyone care aboute what
    gingrich have to say he's a nobody and after that Kenyan
    remark why is he so important you know he doesn't have
    anything good to say about Obama mean you know
    that what gives

    February 8, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  75. Maeve, Killington, Vermont

    Jack, I'm sorry I'd rather have a president twho is man enough to change his opinion as new intelligence evolves, which it always does. Many times your first impressions are not always the right ones.

    Certainly better than his predecessor who stuck to his guns about WMD's hidden in Iraq even when it became obvious to all that there were none.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  76. Stephanie in Canada

    Easy to sit on the sidelines and criticize or look at developments in the rear view mirror.

    Perhaps the question should be: What would Gingrich or Palin or any other of the "might runs" have done differently?

    Until they answer that question they have no credibility and again are playing at partisan policy.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  77. Roberto Knuesli, Zurich/Switzerland

    The rating would be 1 of 10.
    President Obama seems not to be able to handle the new realities in the world.
    To promise change and promote "yes we can" is easy but to keep and stand up to these ideals seems to be inpossible to Obama.
    At the end Obama's misshandling will damage the US interests even more then the horrible Bush aera.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  78. Sheilah Goodman

    No, the reply is not absolutely clear. We are on the side of the Egyptian people. Frank Wisner has been reported as a lobbyist for the Egyptian government. If we believe in democracy, let's get behind these brave people. It is in our and Israel's interest to support free and fair elections in Egypt. How can a repressive regime be in charge of transforming itself with any credibility. A process should be implemented to create a voice for and a vote by the Egyptian people.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  79. Sharon

    President Obama has approached and handled the delicate up and down situation where the citizens of Egypt protest for democracy quite well. He cannot force any country how their government should be changed. We would not want another country to tell us how our country's government functions nor the laws we have or pass and implement.. This is sole responsibility of Egyptians.

    President Obama continues to press for multiple appropriate issues. Conditions in Egypt have changed day to day, and will continue to do so. Today we see unexpeccted rise in numbers of protestors energized by release of google executive President Obama will definitely react as needed

    I evaluate President Obama"s reaction as excellent

    February 8, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  80. Milton

    First of all I don't see why The president of the United States of America should have to get involved with Egypt’s affairs, as they are not part of the union of the 52 state's that make up the United States of America.

    If Egypt wants’ to have a democratic system then the people of Egypt! are the only ones that can make that happen. No other super power should influence on there cause as this would surely cause an upset in the balance of power between all the super powers...

    February 8, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  81. Barbara

    I think he is doing a great job in a difficult situation and if the US tries to take over the transition process, it will breed resentment in the Egyptian people. On the other hand, if we do not help the protesters in their time of need, they will never forget it. I know that Mubarak has been a great ally to us but we need to be on the good side of the new government as well. I think Obama should pull back our financial aid to Egypt and wait to see where the chips fall.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  82. Bob

    Jack

    I say we keep our 1.5 Billion in aid money and mind our own business.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  83. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    Given I'm not a diplomat and I don't have a clue about what is going on behind the scenes and that the only thing I know about it is what is being distributed by the media, I don't have a clue how well the White House is handling the situation. On the surface, I'd give them a C+, but who knows. They may be doing A or F work as far as I know.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  84. Gary

    Pres. Obama is handling these unfolding events in the only way a true professional can handle a volatile situation such as this. He is watching developments closely with his staff as they change in this Day by Day, Hour by Hour evolution. He is attending to it with the care & respect that a great Potential Democracy deserves.

    He is not trying to dictate to the Egyptian people, but is listening with a kean ear. Both he and his team are sending very consistent messages and he is ratcheting up the heat in a dramatic fashion while leading the free world in his support for the people of Egypt.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  85. David P Vernon

    Tucson, AZ – The very idea that the US President can "handle" the crisis in Egypt is absurd. Egypt is not our country – at best, the United States is an interested bystander, at worst a meddling foreign interloper. We have worked with Hosni Mubarak, but we did not choose him, we do not keep him in power, and we have no power to make him step down. Worse, a "coherent, forceful message" against him from the United States will neither make him quit nor encourage our allies in the region to trust us henceforth. The only really useful thing the President has said is that this situation is for the people of Egypt to resolve – we hope for a positive democratic outcome, we have advice about how to reach it, but we cannot make it happen.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  86. Merideth

    Honestly? I think this is a trumped up issue. The Administration has handled the situation thoughtfully, carefully, and in the best interests of the U.S. Egypt is a sovereign nation...we cannot and should not dictate how the transfer of government happens. The President has been consistent and fair in his comments – but his opponents will conjur trouble wherever and whenever they can.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  87. James Boyd Venice, FL

    From the outset of this administration's foreign policy effort it has been apparent that they are out of their realm of understanding.
    It is embarrassing to witness the inept handling of the situation in Egypt as well as prior missteps exhibiting a disjointed, seemingly confused, cadre of staff and advisors.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  88. Cee..... La.

    Jack... would you suggest we remove him like we did Saddam? we have to depend on diplomacy, and it is a slow go......so I would rate them a B......and as far as Gingrich, Palin etal, they should just do the right thing for once and just "shut-up".I could care less what these fools say.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  89. Nunya

    I don' t think we should be rating the Obama administration on the Cairo situation at all. They may be our country's ally but, that situation is none of business. It does not affect our government. All we should do as an ally is give recommendations or advice and nothing more. We should never down our president for respecting another country's wishes. Back off.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  90. Robert H. Dockery

    There was a time not so long ago when Barack Obama felt more at home in the the peoples' park than the country club estate. That was the campaign narrative. It was telling and effective. Today, the narrative has changed: the community organizer has left the South Side and moved Uptown...way Uptown! In fact he's moved so far Uptown that the proud and proper pleas and pleadings of the people are more a nuisance than a reality. Indeed, right there in the sand, the Red Carpet is out and the sign reads: "Welcome to the Club, Mr. President. What took you so long? Love, Hosni."

    February 8, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  91. Carol Adamec

    Obama is wise to say as little as possible in public regarding Egypt's internal affairs. One thing America should have learned by now (i.e., Iraq, Afghanistan) is that having an opinion can be costly.

    As for Newt Gingrich, I heard his comments and he is only focused on The Muslim Brotherhood. That is shortsighted at best, and old school, hawkish Republicanism at its core.

    The only real power America has in this situation is how much money to give or deny to Mubarak and his successor.

    From Orlando, FL

    February 8, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  92. Dana

    It's clear to me that the Obama administration wants Mubarak to step down. Just because Mubarak is trying to stay put doesn't mean the U.S. is changing it's stance. It just means Mubarak isn't listening. If that's the case, which it clearly is, naturally it's going to make for a more bumpy ride than hoped for.

    The issue with Frank Wisner, to me, sounds like it's not a matter of Mr. Wisner and the administration being on the same page. It's more like he was told to do one thing by the administration, but then voiced his own opposing view knowing he was going against what he was told. The two differing views are a separate discussion, but I think when the President tells you to convey a certain message, you should do your job and listen.

    Overall, I think President Obama is doing the right thing by promoting the Egyptian people and encouraging them to make their own future.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  93. Ralph Spyer

    Obama has to learn from Reagan ; On the the day of Reagan inauguration ,twenty minutes after he concluded his inaugural address the Islamic Republic of Iran annouanced the release of the 52 American hostages. The only problem was Abolhassn Bani Sadi the president of iran ,the American naval intelligence Gary Sick and White House staffer Barbara Honegger all said Reagan cut a deal to give Iran weapons Via Israel. Obama has to learn how to cut a Deal

    February 8, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  94. Bob fom Long Island

    What happening in Egypt and the way things are being handled will not be able to be judge until everything is over and settle down. Things are too fluid with too much at stake. Anybody with half a brain will understand that all the information isn’t in public views yet as the man who rules with an iron fist most likely has cards he isn’t showing. O Them loud mouths are going to say the president isn’t doing a good job no matter what he does. It’s who they are, and what they do. I’ll just pay them no never mind.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  95. koehng

    I feel President Obama is doing a good job. The people of Egypt have let their government know they are ready for a change and they need to continue their struggle.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  96. gene braswell

    Let the people make their own life. Leave them alone. Obama is right .

    February 8, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  97. leon fainstadt

    Dear Jack,
    If Obama and his cabinet were trabsported back to the 62 missle crisis, and switched administrations with Pres. Kennedy, then the entire Northern Hemisphere of the United States would have already been obliterated. This is the administration that cannot get their messages together. Obama is no Jack Kennedy.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  98. Roberta Epperson

    We are blessed to have a president who is very intelligent and has been exposed to the Arab and Middle East mind-set. Instead of the Republicans being so frightened and paranoid that he is a muslim, when he confesses Christianity, they should be happy that he has insight into the culture. I don't believe any of his critics have had the same exposure as he has and they wouldn't know how to handle such a delicate situation. Let's pray and support him instead of criticizing, these are very serious times.
    Paris, Texas

    February 8, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  99. tony

    Dear jack i, Obama and the rest of you guys have this one wrong just remember 1979 Iran it did start with the students but students were never in charge and the radical islamic revolution took over and we have had a mess in Iran so before you go blaming Mubarak just remember he was listening to us for the last 30 years lets not pull the carpet from under neath of our close allies no wonder no country trusts us who is next king of Saudi arabia he already does not trust us .lets put pressure on Iran not Egypt these kids are not pro democracy they are pro chaos i voted for Obama and i will again but on this one he gets a D- and i am being kind

    February 8, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  100. oscar mills

    What is our position on the Egypt situation? Seems like I hear ixed signals coming out of Washington! I know the situation is difficult but looks like we are not speaking out with the position we have ... or do we have a position!

    February 8, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  101. Ben

    About as well as possible - which is not great, but great is not in the cards. Ben - Dallas

    February 8, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  102. Betty Smith Tampa, Fl.

    He was and is the first Democratic leader to come out and speak on behalf of the Egyptian people even when it was unpopular to speak out against Hosnai Mobarak. I give him a B+ for the job he has done.

    Thank you Mr. President!

    February 8, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  103. William

    Zero. Let me get this straight. WE, Americans give Egypt 3 BILLION per year. Mubarak's wealth has been listed between 40 and 70 BILLION, so why is our government so stupid to give him/them money? The answer: Israel. Once again, we pay for Israel, and while these Muslim's are attemtping to take over the world from Egypt to the Philippines, we are worried about 'don't ask don't tell.'

    February 8, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  104. patrick in westminster md

    The people of Egypt will decide the fate of their Nation just as our four fathers did. The Obama administrations public perception is probably different than their private dealings. They have the correct approach and are following an ancient African proverb, ironically coined by that famous Republican, Teddy Roosevelt. They are "Speaking softely but carrying a big stick".

    February 8, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  105. Adrian Hutchens

    I tend to agree with Gingrich - the Obama administration's handling of the Egypt crisis is amateurish. However, I tend to be more specific. It has not been well thought out as evidenced by Obama's repeated changes in his position and, presumably, the advice he has given to Mubarak from day to day. Biden should not be directly involved in the process. Obama should keep his mouth shut and rely on the Secretary of State and the Pentagon to develop a coordinated body of communication to present to the appropriate Egyptian authorities in secret. The general public does not need to know the content of each communication until the issue has been resolved.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  106. Shane

    oops, the Obama administration realized that if Mubarak is to step down the speaker of the house (who is Egypt’s top expert on elections rigging) will take over and not the vice president and the elections will have to be held in two months which does not allow too much time for changes to the constitution and other reforms before the elections. That’s why the tone is different now..

    February 8, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  107. Nestor Perez

    Jack, my first time with you!! I am a 2008 Obama fanatic hoping for change just to get my heart broken by the guy that is now championing in favor of everything he rejected as "abusive policies against the little guy" Obama wants to have it both ways in everything. Egypt is not exception: Obama demands concrete change in Egypt "because the people of Egypt demands it" while Mubarack is his man to deliver it!! Obama is Reagan's or Bush's pupil; he has tasted his reelection better chances as a conservative republican democrat rather than to deliver changes. Typical of clintonian politicking: With the little guy in rhetoric but in bed with whoever deliver better personal standing. Obama is with the people and Mubarack; whoever wins is thanks to USA backing.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  108. gene braswell North Carolina

    This is the U S in 1776 Leave them alone.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  109. Ben in LA

    Jack,

    The White House is handling it just fine. And trust me... The American public does not care. Egypt's problems are Egypt's problems. We'd love for our President to be focused on fixing America's problems.

    Ben in LA

    February 8, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  110. Omid

    It appear that the white house adjusts it voice following the news coming out of Egypt. Unfortunately no president of this nation has been bold enough to support real democracy for people in a country with a puppet government that has served its so called "interest" well for decades. This has always been the dark story of the our Great country when it comes to the outside world.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  111. JackieinDallas

    Except when advice from other leaders is requested, it isn't the White House's job to tell another sovereign nation or its leader what to do.

    I think that President Obama is walking this tightrope very well. He has not made any embarassing faux pax about weapons that don't exist or tried to tell another country's government what they should do. He HAS encouraged Mubarak to listen to the voices of his people, and has done what he can to get American citizens out of the danger zones. In addition, he has called for the release of foreign reporters in Egypt when they were caught up by police arrests.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  112. ed

    jack....do the words incompetent and amaturish work....we are the most disrespected nation in the world

    February 8, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  113. Jeff in San Diego

    The Obama administration can offer up as many opinions as to what should or should not be done in Egypt but its ultimately up to the Egyptians to decide for themselves what to do. Thank God we don't have to deal with some knee-jerk, brainless Bush reaction to this – we'd probably invade another country over there to try and take control of the Suez Canal.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  114. Magid

    Just imagine the stupidity and ignorance of the President, Vice President and Secretary of State you have in U.S.A.. I don't understand how they deny Hosni Mubarak being dictator? We know Mubarak is a U.S. and Israeli servant. We also know what kind of interests U.S. have with Mubarak. Since 9/11, the U.S sent thousands of innocent people to Egypt to be tortured by name of terrorist. This is violation of Human Rights. Who cares. U.S. always violates Human Rights. But you can not dictate someones country and peoples lives. Tell your President we the people are Egypt. Because I don't think he understands this reality.
    Because of your support for Mubarak we Egyptians suffered economically, Psychologically and Emotionally. We will also suffer for many years to come. We know how to fix our problems. We do not need an American style corrupt Democracy. You are responsible for death of many Egyptians since this wave of change started. I think it is better to solve your own problems first. Why not feed your homeless instead of wasting billions of dollars in foreign aid? You have to remember the future of Egypt is not in your hands.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  115. becky - Las Vegas

    If there is anyone who knows about amateurism it's good ol' Newt. However, I still think he's wrong. Not sure where he says there have been mixed messages. The president said Mubarek should "begin now". He doesn't say he should abdicate now. Wisner said he could not step down without totally destabilizing the country. He did not say anything about no transitioning of power or authority or responsibility so he did not speak out of turn or contradict the president.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  116. Fahd

    At the start, we were acting according to our principles and ideals of freedom and liberty until the Our Masters in Israel and here gave us the orders to shut up. We complied by leaving Mubarak to abuse the Egyptian people.
    When our ideals clash with Israel, Israel always wins.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  117. Jack Frost

    Obama isn't handling this! Or anything else! American interests in Egypt were purely for the preservation of Israel and preventing the next war. In other words we bought off Egypt to prevent war and supported a dictator that ignored the real needs of the Egyptian people. The result is distrust and hatred of America. Obama had neither experience or insight to handle this. And Hillary is not doing anyone any good either. When this regime falls, and it will, America and Israel will face the wrath of 30 years of repression paid for with American dollars. Obama needs to find experienced and intelligent people to deal with this pending disaster.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  118. cal

    the same as everything eles. talks out of both side of his mouth and get no were. heres my opinion we will lose Egypt to the iran thugs and a war will take place. Now if we what to cut the cost to our goverment close all the bases in the world pull out men and women back here to take care of our country also cut the care out to all of the world third world and repeal the goverment benfits to our level. and last stop all tax break for oil compamys.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  119. Anne

    How President Obama is rated regarding Egypt should be of little to no consequence to us. He is struggling to receive the "RESPECT" he deserves just by nauture of being the President of the United States. How in the HELL can we possibly expect the United States' (in the form of President Obama) to get respect while sticking our noses into another countries business. – Again. Can we please, please, please focus on the phlethora of issues that are plaguing us here in the U.S. everyday. When will we allow other nations to work through there own issues (until they ask for our help) without thinking we arrogant enough to solve the worlds ills when we are 'sick as hell' here.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  120. Angela Savage Austin Owings Mills, Maryland

    President Obama is not the one holding the Egyptians hostage to Dictatorship. Mubarak...LET YOUR PEOPLE GO!

    February 8, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  121. Joseph Leff

    When it comes to Egypt, I think everybody's in a state of ... de-Nile.

    Joe, Delray Beach, Florida

    February 8, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  122. Daryl

    A leader is decisive. Plain and simple. This administration sticks it's finger in the air to see which way the wind is blowing and changes directions every time the wind blows. I am embarrassed that this is the finest our Country can seem to come up with. We are losing credibility everyday with other Nations because we have no principles. Decisions are placed on polls! Give me someone with a backbone. Even if I disagree with him, I give him an A for standing for something.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  123. elaine gallagher

    When I think and know what president Obama is doing, a double edged sword comes to mind. I feel he and his advisors think that most Americans, Egyptians and people around the world are stupid and ignorant and I am here to let him and his advisors know that we are not. Why would they want a democracy in Egypt? They have it made the way it is. He insults our intelligence every time he speaks with both sides of his mouth. I wish he would be a real man or his own person, but know that is not in the cards for any president. STAND UP AND BE COUNTED, MR. PRESIDENT!!

    February 8, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  124. sunnyphxaz

    Just as expected from the overinflated ego of a community organizer that wants to play president. Incompetence shining through the failure to connect the intelligence dots and take a proactive approach to foreign policy. Reminds me of the Clinton administration at the end of the first term when they admitted foreign policy wasn't their strong suit. Clueless!

    February 8, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  125. Art Cincinnati OH

    Is it perfect, no. Is it the worst response ever, no. This is one of those situations where we have to let it play out. There are way to many players in the region that are already angry with the US and the administration has to keep the friends we have in the region. I think that the administration is doing what it thinks best.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  126. Dana

    The administration's handling is at best juvenile. How can Egyptians take us seriously with so many conflicting statements. They will tune us out!
    Grade D

    February 8, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  127. Daryl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    A leader is decisive. Plain and simple. This administration sticks it's finger in the air to see which way the wind is blowing and changes directions every time the wind blows. I am embarrassed that this is the finest our Country can seem to come up with. We are losing credibility everyday with other Nations because we have no principles. Decisions from this administration are placed on polls! Give me someone with a backbone. Even if I disagree with him, I'd give him/her an A for standing for something.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  128. PK California

    It isn't the job of the US to HANDLE Egypt. The people are doing that. The president has urged peaceful protests and peaceful reaction from their government. Beyond that, we don't have the right to go further. We certainly wouldn't want another country to tell us how to handle our business. I think our people are proud that our leader is using restraint. Maybe some of his critics could do the same.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  129. Ray-Bob

    A rehetorical question may be needed right about now – What Can the Administration Do? The administration is staring into a black abyss not knowing the real powers that are to emerge from the shadows in Egypt. President Obama's recent (limited) criticism characterizes a position of only human interest in the events going on in Egypt. And that's exactly (and only) what is required at this juncture of the revolt. Why establish "Bush League" aggressiveness to establish democratic reform in Eqypt when it is not helpful and can't really be backed up. From a worldwide perspective... we (USA) are pretty much out of steroids, so to score a hit in the world's political games, it's less about the size of the bat, and more about the speed and timing of the wrists.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  130. Doug Dickerson

    Newt and Wasilla Barbie need to stick a sock in it.

    The Obama administration is handling a messy situation as well as can be expected, avoiding two extremes: either backing the autocrats now in power in a bid for stability or issuing an ultimatum to Mubarak and his cronies to leave now in a bid to jump start democracy. One extreme would put us, once again, on the wrong side of history. The other extreme would be seen by Egyptians and the rest of the middle east as meddling in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  131. NotALibtard

    How is the administration handling this? Like a detective working on a case while stuck alone on a desert island. They haven't a clue.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  132. W.N. Sanabria, Escondido, CA

    The main approach has been to endorse the popular uprising against a dictator and a corrupt government, while calling on both sides to remain non-violent. In addition, the Administration has continuously stated that the Egyptian people are the ones who should decide their own fate. The only way you can find fault with that is if you favor the way the last group would have handled it... send in the Marines and then dictate what government they should have.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  133. David - Cleveland, OH

    The United States stands for liberty and freedom. Part of our destiny is to move the world in that direction to the extent that we can use our influence to do so. The WH has to be out in front with agenda, not behind the curve, which is where we are right now.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  134. Mark

    As usual, the obama administration is failing. We should not be involved in another country's right to govern itself. Obama has been very critical of Mubarak, a "friend" of the US. If obama has no problem throwing Mubarak under the bus, just think how the rulers of Saudi Arabia, Yemen, etc. must feel. They will be next.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  135. Kent

    It's a complete cluster. The Egyptian regime has been corrupt beyond belief, like many others we have supported over the last 60 years. Our foreign policy isn't based on freedom of self-determination of people in other countries, it's based on what we want them to behave like and think. We will lose this battle just like we lost Iran, the Philippines, Viet Nam, and a host of other less publicised places and leaders. Score one for us, again.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  136. franny

    it is sad that we have a leader that cannot lead. He is pitiful.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  137. Shirley Babbs

    I think the President is doing a great job at not trying to make decisions for the Egyptian people. President Obama is not the president of the world. Pray tell me when was he voted in. The United States have their own problems and should stop trying to regulate the world. I live in a country other than the United States and I would hate to have them come in and dictate to our leaders. Citizens know what they want. Outsiders are only on the outside looking in.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  138. Eric - Fort Collins, CO

    Jack
    President Obama is doing as well as anyone would in his position. He's trying to find a balanced peaceful solution to the problem. The bottom line in all of this is that Egypt is a souverign nation and there's not really too much he can do about it.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  139. Bruce

    Jack, this is incredulous. Wisner is an employee of this dictator, and a puppet of Israel!!

    February 8, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  140. Mark in Charlotte, NC

    The Obama Administration is like milk -toast when confronted with making a tough decision about foreign policy. How to deal with China, the response to the North Korea conflict, and now the Egyptian crisis are perfect examples. Please Mr. President, show strength and be decisive. The world is watching.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  141. Jim

    This is an extremely delicate situation and he is walking a tightrope as best as anyone could. No one is talking about that the constitution needs to change so that the VP or some other interim President could take charge. Without this change it could become very unstable. You have to change as the situation does.

    Thank you from Charleston SC

    February 8, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  142. jason

    the president is doing a good job. staying on side line

    February 8, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  143. hockeymom

    Let me preface this by saying I do not support the Obama administration at all and have never liked Obama or agreed with any of his politics. However, I don't think he has done too badly with regard to the Egyptian situation. I worry, though, that he will allow himself and the world to be bamboozled by the Muslim Brotherhood. They are BAD NEWS. If you don't believe me, do the research yourselves, as I have. They are terrorist thug assassins who believe in sharia law and Islamic domination. Their creed is, “Allah is our objective; the Koran is our law; the Prophet is our leader; jihad is our way; and death for the sake of Allah is the highest of our aspirations.” Whack jobs are what they are, and a caliphate (an Islamic rulership) is what they want. They are every bit as radical as al-Qaeda and Hamas (the MB's "offspring"). The worst thing Obama, as our president, could do is underestimate the evil of the Muslim Brotherhood.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  144. Martin

    I believe Barack Obama gave a mature and reasonable response.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  145. Michael

    I give Obama an C. it's either support the people or support the government. Support our national interest or support our values.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  146. Francisco Lopez

    President Barack Obama is handling the situation in Egypt very well, because he has to play a delicate role to both the Egyptian people as well as to Egyptian President Hosi Mubarak who is his ally. In a matter of moments, the conflict in Egypt can turn into an ugly war, one must understand that the Obama administration clearly needs to check and obtain all the information before taking any serious action.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:55 pm |