Photos: Uprising in Egypt

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The U.S. Response

Under Mubarak’s leadership, Egypt was one of the United States’ few Arab allies, so the widely publicized protests against him put the U.S. in a tough position. According to reports though, the White House did urge Mubarak behind the scenes not to seek re-election. After Tuesday’s announcement, President Obama called for a smooth transition to a new government in a speech from the White House.

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