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CBS’ Chip Reid Asks Why The President Isn’t At The Podium Talking About Egypt

The Obama White House sent Robert Gibbs to brief reporters on the evolving situation in Egypt, but at least one member of the White House press corps was curious why President Obama himself hadn’t come to face the cameras. “Why is the president not standing where you’re standing right now,” asked CBS’ Chip Reid. Gibbs, who spent most of the briefing sticking to a very narrow set of talking points, responded that the White House–and the president–were “monitoring a very fluid situation.”

Fluidity was also given as a reason why Gibbs declined to clearly state whether Mr. Obama still stands with Hosni Mubarak. Gibbs moving quickly to repeated assertions that “violence is not the response,” and protesters’ grievances “have to be addressed.”

Watch the exchange over the president’s absence here, from C-SPAN:

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