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Office of the Press Secretary
September 12, 2012

Readout of the President’s Call with Egyptian President Morsi

The President called Egyptian President Morsi today to review the strategic partnership between the United States and Egypt, and our ongoing efforts to strengthen bilateral economic and security cooperation. Given recent events, and consistent with our interest in a relationship based on mutual interests and mutual respect, President Obama underscored the importance of Egypt following through on its commitment to cooperate with the United States in securing U.S. diplomatic facilities and personnel. The President said that he rejects efforts to denigrate Islam, but underscored that there is never any justification for violence against innocents and acts that endanger American personnel and facilities. President Morsi expressed his condolences for the tragic loss of American life in Libya and emphasized that Egypt would honor its obligation to ensure the safety of American personnel.

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  •  i have been a defender (0+ / 0-)

    of Egypt's new president, but he is a dumb hack.  

    He's playing to his audience? Why? this is Egypt, a tiny locked in country with not that many people, and more than one political party.  He was supposed to unify everyone, and play down the religious aspect in favor of ethics and good government.

    How dare he not tell his people that our government has no ability to censure free speech and that the cost of that is offensive speech, and well worth the cost.  This is a moment for him to call on greater openness in his own society and to teach some lessons in tolerance.  

    Instead he does what?  He doesn't tell the protesters to go home, their rage is misplaced, against a nation that supports their freedom to worship any way they like, and who allows all points of view?

    This guy no longer has a defender in me.  

    reelect the president

    by anna shane on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 07:20:56 AM PDT

    •  To be fair- President Obama also did not mention (0+ / 0-)

      free speech here.  It seems like he has not mentioned anything about free speech in any of his statements. I think it's a problematic oversight there.

      •  it wasn't us rioting (0+ / 0-)

        it wasn't for Obama to lecture Egypt on free speech, and when our people are in harm's way, it's really not the best time.  This one was entirely up to Egypt's president, his people, his riot, his misunderstanding, his refusing to condemn the attacks, his asking us to prosecute the guy who made the film.  

        It's him, and he's lost me.

        reelect the president

        by anna shane on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 09:17:18 AM PDT

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    •  Egypt has 82 million ppl, biggest in MidEast (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm also a critic of Mursi. (Fwiw, in a mini-poll on dKos, out of 31 votes, Mursi got only 9, Shafiq got 13, other got 9.) I agree, Mursi absolutely should educate the Egyptian Islamists that free-speech is a right that has no political or religious limits; that the US government cannot and should not limit offensive speech; and that he should tell the protestors to quench their rage and go home. This should be a 'teaching moment' for him.

      Don't hold your breath.  

      this is Egypt, a tiny locked in country with not that many people, and more than one political party.  He was supposed to unify everyone, and play down the religious aspect
      But let's get some facts straight.

      Egypt has the biggest population in the entire Middle East, at 82 million people. (Even Iran, in South Asia, has only 75 million.)  

      Furthermore, Egypt is a cultural trend-setter for the entire Arab and Muslim world, for historical reasons and its presence in education (Al Azhar, AUC, CU, etc.), movies, television, song, and politics.

      Egypt has a large coastline on the Mediterranean Sea, with several ports (including Alexandria and Port Fuad).

      It borders and controls the vital Suez Canal, that links Europe through the Mediterranean to Asia.

      It also has a large coastline on the Red Sea, with nearby access to Saudi Arabia.

      It has the huge Nile River, with access into Sudan.

      I don't know who thought Morsy "was supposed to unify everyone, and play down the religious aspect" -- I certainly didn't. He led the Muslim Brotherhood, for FSM's sake. They lied about not running a Presidential candidate -- no suprise, and they will lie as often as they think it will advance their cause. Anyone who thought he'd be different was projecting false hopes onto him, with no reason.

      •  the point (1+ / 0-)
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        was that this is my response, and represents those dumbies like me who thought he would be a normal leader, and accept he might not win the next time, and do his best for his people.  Lots of me's out there, and I bet anything he's woken us all up, and that was his big mistake, he's exposed himself, for nothing.

        He's lost all his 'dumb' American support with this 'strong-man' move.  That's the point.

        reelect the president

        by anna shane on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 09:43:34 PM PDT

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  •  Obama spoke of Mursi REGIME, & re embassy ATTACKS (0+ / 0-)

    *sheesh*, Faux Lies has no limits as to how much it will stretch the truth, and other networks pick up on it as if it were true.

    OK, so the question Telemundo reporter Jose Diaz Balart asked Obama was regarding bringing to justice those responsible for the attacks on the US Embassies in Libya and Egypt.

    Jose Diaz Balart – What does that mean, bring them to justice? What are your options?

    Pres. Obama: Well you know, I hope it’s to be able to capture them [...]. You know, the broader issue of what’s happened in both in the Middle East and North Africa is one where we know that these are new democracies. I mean Egypt, this is the first democracy in maybe 7,000 years. A true democracy where people have a voice. They don’t have traditions of a civil society. And some of the aspects of our democracy that are so important. And they’re going to develop those and during that time, there are going to be some rocky times. And we have to understand that but the message we’ve communicated to the Egyptians, to the Libyans and everybody else is that there are certain values we insist on, That we believe in, And certainly the security of our people and protecting diplomats in these countries is something that we expect and so we’re going to continue to look at all aspects of how our embassies are operating in those regions.

    Jose Diaz Balart – Would you consider the current Egyptian regime an ally of the United States?  [Got that? Double-emphasis: current, regime. Not Egypt as a country, as falsely reported by Faux Lies and picked up by most MSM.]

    Pres. Obama: I don’t think that we would consider them an ally, but we don’t consider them an enemy. They’re a new government that is trying to find its way. They were democratically elected. I think that we are going to have to see how they respond to this incident. How they respond to, for example, maintaining the peace treaty in isr..with Israel. So far, at least, what we’ve seen is that in some cases they’ve said the right things and taken the right steps. In others, how they’ve responded to various events may not be aligned with our interests. And, So I think it’s still a work in progress, but certainly in this situation what we’re going to expect is that they are responsive to our insistence that our embassy is protected, our personnel is protected, and if they take actions that indicate they’re not taking responsibilities, as all other countries do where we have embassies, I think that’s going to be a real big problem.

    The President was not speaking about US diplomatic ties to Egypt as a country, as falsely reported. He was speaking about the current Mursi regime, and its response to the oncgoing attacks on our embassy. Is Mursi's regime helping, or not? Is his regime an ally in our response to the attacks on our embassy, or not?

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