Obama on Egypt: "We Are Witnessing History Unfold"

President Obama referred to the continuing crisis in Egypt in his opening remarks at Northern Michigan University, in Marquette, Mich., on Feb. 10, 2011. CBS

In remarks in Wisconsin on Thursday, President Obama briefly addressed the unfolding political situation in Egypt, noting that "we'll have more to say as this plays out," but emphasizing "the people of Egypt are calling for change."

"We are following today's events in Egypt very closely," said Mr. Obama. "We'll have more to say as this plays out. But what is absolutely clear is that we are witnessing history unfold. It's a moment of transformation that's taking place because the people of Egypt are calling for change."

Speaking to students at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan, the president praised Egypt's youth movement for its role in urging political change.

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Noting that the people of Egypt have "turned out in extraordinary numbers representing all ages and all walks of life," Mr. Obama emphasized that it was "a new generation - your generation" who had been " at the forefront" of the activism.

"And so, going forward we want those young people, and we want all Egyptians, to know: America will continue to do everything that we can to support an orderly and genuine transition to democracy in Egypt," he said.

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Striking a campaign-friendly note, the president reminded students that "we live in an interconnected world" - and that "in the 21st century, it's not just the big cities where change is happening."

Later in his remarks, the president outlined an $18 billion plan to get 98 percent of Americans access to high-speed wireless internet connections.

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