04 Feb '11, 9pm

Careful Obama hints Mubarak should go

Careful Obama hints Mubarak should go

WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama Friday urged Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, as a proud patriot, to "listen" to protesters demanding he quit, apparently hinting the Arab strongman should go now. Obama did not explicitly call on Mubarak to resign, but noted he had already made the psychological leap of saying he would step down after elections in September -- and should now reconsider his position amid a mass uprising. "He needs to listen to what is voiced by the people and make a judgment about a pathway forward that is orderly, that is meaningful ... and serious," Obama said, in carefully worded comments on Egypt's political future. "I believe that President Mubarak cares about his country. He is proud, but he is also a patriot," Obama said, in comments which appeared to deliver a broad hint that Mubarak should go sooner rather than later. Amid reports that Washi...

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