Via Dry Bones:
In Washington, U.S. President Barack Obama said political reforms were “absolutely critical” to Egypt’s “long-term well-being,” boosting pressure on Mr. Mubarak to implement changes while acknowledging he is a critical U.S. ally.
In his first comments on the unrest in Egypt, Mr. Obama urged the government and the protesters to refrain from violence. The U.S. president, in an interview broadcast live on the YouTube website, said Mr. Mubarak has been “very helpful on a range of tough issues” but that his government must move forward on “political and economic reform.”
Violence escalated in areas outside the Egyptian capital on Thursday.