Think legacy. That’s what President Barack Obama advised Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Obama tried to appeal to Mubarak’s ego and sense of place in history as he pressed for movement on a political transition. “I believe that President Mubarak cares about his country. He is proud, but he is also a patriot,” Obama said.
He didn’t call for the Egyptian leader to immediately step down, but brought up Mubarak’s promise not to run again. “The key question he should be asking himself is how do I leave a legacy behind in which Egypt is able to get through this transformative period?”
Obama capped his comments at the news conference by urging Mubarak to do the right thing: “And my hope is, is that he will end up making the right decision.”
The president will have a lighter dilemma on Sunday in deciding who to root for in the Super Bowl — the Green Bay Packers or Pittsburgh Steelers. Obama says he’s neutral, but it’s no fun to watch a football game without cheering for someone.