President Barack Obama wasn’t shy about praising his handling of the revolution in Egypt.

USA-BUDGET/“I think history will end up recording that at every juncture in the situation in Egypt that we were on the right side of history,” Obama said at a news conference.

“What we didn’t do was pretend that we could dictate the outcome in Egypt, because we can’t,” he said. So if the United States didn’t dictate the outcome, what did it do?

According to Obama it was about being “very mindful” that Egyptians should drive any changes, but also sending a message that the United States believed in an “orderly transition.”

“I started talking about reform two weeks or two-and-a-half weeks before Mr. Mubarak ultimately stepped down. And at each juncture I think we calibrated it just about right,” Obama said.