Nightly News | February 05, 2011
>> the obama administration put into pressure on egypt today to come up with new reforms good ev evening to you.
>> reporter: good evening. the president except part his y onhe pne and getting an update from the staff in egypt . at a prevyutly scheduled summit in germany, today secretaryf state, clinton, addressed the progress and she warned that elements within egypt may try to derail reform.
>> concre steps that people who are engaged in it can believe is moving toward and outcome that will permit an orderly establishment of the elections that are scheduled for september. and that takes some time.
>> reporter: but who would lead egypt during that time? while president obama and other u.s. officials have not publicly called for president mubarak to step down, in rece days they have left little doubt about it.
>> he should be asking himself, how do i leave a legacy behind which egypt is able to get through this transformative period. and i hope that he will end up king the right decision.
>> reporter: today frank wisner , the man president obama sent days ago.
>> the president must stay in office in order to steer those changes through. i believe that president mubarak 's continued leadership is critical.
>> reporter: wisner and the white house say he was not speaking for the government.
>> it mightorce him to dig in, instead.
>> what matters isn't what happens in the next day or two. it doesn't matter whether mubarak is the president of egypt . what matters is what is the process toove beyond.
>> reporter: lester, with the statements, meetings and calls, white house officials remain eager to knock down the perception that they are in anyway orchestrating events in egypt . as secretary clinton put it today," we are on the outside looking in".
>> thank you. tomorrow on "me the press," david gregory will have an terview with mohameda.elbaradei.