Biden Calls it a ‘Historic Day’ for Egypt


bidenVice President Joe Biden today hailed a “historic day” for the people of Egypt and said President Hosni Mubarak’s departure must lead to a negotiated path towards democracy.

In a first US reaction to tumultuous events in Egypt, Biden warned of “delicate and fateful” days ahead and said the ouster of Mubarak was a “pivotal moment” in the Middle East.

Biden said the “dramatic changes” in Egypt must meet the aspirations of massive crowds in Cairo, adding that “the transition taking place must be an irreversible change and a negotiated path towards democracy.”

The vice president made his remarks during a previously scheduled speech at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, about an hour before President Barack Obama was due to deliver his own on-camera remarks on the situation.