The PJ Tatler

Obama to Middle East: Follow Egypt's example

Isn’t this just a little early for a victory lap and post-game interview to tell us all how you won? When, er, you’re not sure you’ve actually won yet…

US President Barack Obama urged autocratic Middle Eastern allies to look to Egypt’s example on Tuesday and encouraged the Iranian people to pursue their quest for democracy.

“You can’t maintain power through coercion,” Obama said in a stark message to Arab allies of the United States as protests raged in Algeria, Bahrain and Yemen following the ouster of presidents in Egypt and Tunisia.

“At some level, in any society, there has to be consent,” Obama told a White House press conference.