Great news for the administration/president. People will remember , despite some fumbles yesterday, that the President played an excellent hand, walked the right line and that his statement last night was potentially decisive in bringing this issue to a close. The situation remains complicated and delicate going forward, but this is a huge affirmation of the President’s leadership on the international stage.
Yes, the President definitely looks "decisive"; and his behavior will certainly comfort the most restive of our allies.
However, according to CNN Obama had absolutely no involvement with Mubarak's decision to relinquish power.
Obama did not talk to Mubarak or Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman before the announcement of Mubarak's resignation, according to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs...
...Now comes "an unpredictable next chapter," a U.S. official[, said. It was] "a sign the (Egyptian) military chose society" over the country's longtime ruler.
Well, when the "secular" Islamists known as the Muslim Brotherhood take over Egypt (a process, in my view, taking no longer than a year), rest assured that the media and the White House will flush all records related to these epic fails down the porcelain memory hole.
Hat tip: Larwyn.