Rich Galen

Speaking of news coverage, during his speech in Cairo in June, 2009, President Barack Obama said he was, in effect, re-setting America's relationship with the rest of the world. According to the Christian Science Monitor's analysis at the time:

"His message? America recognizes a universal yearning for the right to self-government, but regime change in democracy's name is over."

Yet today, less than two years later, the full weight of the Obama administration is being pressed against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to push him to announce he is stepping down thus … changing the regime.

I am not making this up. According to a piece in the New York Times from this past Friday:

"The Obama administration is discussing with Egyptian officials a proposal for President Hosni Mubarak to resign immediately and turn over power to a transitional government headed by Vice President Omar Suleiman with the support of the Egyptian military, administration officials and Arab diplomats said Thursday."

Am I the only one who sees this as a fairly major departure from Obama's previously announced "I'm-Not-George-W-Bush" foreign policy?

I'm not at all certain that the new age of news coverage is working out so well.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at