White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said President Obama and members of his administration "strongly condemn the outrageous and deplorable violence that's taken place on the streets of Cairo." Echoing the remarks President Obama made in his press conference Tuesday night, Gibbs encouraged immediate transition in Egypt but noted, "many of these changes are going to have to happen on the ground in Egypt and only those in Egypt can determine when those demands have been satisfied." Gibbs, who will soon be leaving his press secretary post, also said the meaningful transition of power in Egypt must "include opposition voices," and that the people need to see some sort of change. On Tuesday, Obama spoke with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who has said he will not run for reelection but won't step down immediately.
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