by Chris Bodenner

Robert Mackey relays the president's brief statement, just delivered:

[Obama] said that he told Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in a telephone conversation after the Egyptian leader's speech on Tuesday night that "an orderly transition must be meaningful, it must be peaceful and it must begin now."

Mr. Obama said that Mr. Mubarak "recognizes that the status quo is not sustainable, that a change must take place." While saying that it was not the role of the United States to pick Egypt's leader, Mr. Obama said that he told Mr. Mubarak that the changes that need to begin immediately include engagement with opposition figures and preparations for free and fair elections.

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