Nightly News   |  February 01, 2011

Obama to Egypt: ‘We hear your voices’

Addressing events in Egypt, President Obama on Tuesday said that the U.S. has been inspired by the passion and dignity of the people in Egypt and insisted to President Mubarak that “orderly transition…must begin now.” NBC’s Savannah Guthrie reports.

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>> these protesters almost to a person want nothing less than the american president to come out four square behind them in support. the problem is for the u.s., diplomacy works more delicately than that. they know that friends of theirs, saudi arabia and jordan are watching closely. that's the dicey circumstance for the white house . our white house correspondent savannah guthrie is there watching all of that tonight. savannah, good evening.

>> reporter: good evening, brian. we await a reaction from president obama , he's expected to address the cameras any minute now. he spoke to hosni mubarak for about a half hour. after mubarak made that speech, the president met with his national security team on this egypt issue for more than an hour today. they watched the speech from inside the situation room. and we've learned that frank wisner , who's a veteran diplomat diplomat, retired was dispatched by the obama administration to speak to mubarak and did speak to him on monday. the message from president obama was don't run for re-election in september. that is exactly what mubarak said today. it does not seem to make the protesters happy. we expect to hear from the president any moment now, brian.

>> savannah guthrie , continuing to watch things at the white house .