President Obama and Mohamed ElBaradei, then the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, in 2009.
“I could not have thought of any other person that is more deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize than,” , then the director general of the , said in a videotaped statement. He went on to praise Mr. Obama’s commitment “to restore moral decency” to the lives of people around the world.
But this week, Mr. ElBaradei, now a prominent face of the opposition on the streets of Cairo, was sounding a different tune. “The American government cannot ask the Egyptian people to believe that a dictator who has been in power for 30 years will be the one to implement democracy,” Mr. ElBaradei told CBS’s “Face the Nation.” He called the United States’ refusal to openly abandon Presidentof Egypt “a farce.”
Mr. ElBaradei, 68, had a fractious relationship with the Bush administration, one so hostile that Bush officials tried to get him removed from his post at the atomic watchdog agency. But as Egypt’s powerfuland the secular opposition on the streets of Cairo have increasingly coalesced around Mr. ElBaradei to negotiate on their behalf, the Obama administration is scrambling to figure out whether he is someone with whom the United States can deal.
Since the protests in Egypt erupted, Obama administration officials have been trying to reach Mr. ElBaradei, but they had not made contact as of Monday afternoon, a White House official said. “I think that outreach is ongoing,” said , the White House press secretary.
CBS and CNN can get to el Baradei, but the White House can't!?!?!? Incompetent idjits.
AND ANOTHER THING: El Baradei's coalition with the MB is not new. The White House is obviously NOT UP TO SPEED, and NOT UP TO THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES!