Too Much Mubarak Dovetailing From Obama?

Krauthammer questions the wisdom of having the president speak right after Mubarak speaks, creating the perception that decisions are made in Egypt in coordination with the U.S.

President Obama, clearly frustrated by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's intention to retain his hold on power until elections later this year, said Tuesday evening that he has told Mubarak that a transition to representative government "must begin now."

 

In brief remarks at the White House, Obama made no mention of Mubarak's announcement that he had decided not to stand for reelection. Instead, Obama said he had told the Egyptian president in a telephone call that this was a "moment of transformation" in Egypt and that "the status quo is not sustainable." "The key part of the statement was 'now,' " an administration official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.