Speaking to reporters this morning, President Obama faced questions on his FY2012 budget request and the political implications of Egypt's unrest on the United States.
Yesterday, the President said his 2012 budget proposal would cut the federal deficit in half by the end of his first term while investing in education, technology and infrastructure. Responding to reporters today, he said the country’s long-term deficit problem would have to be addressed on a bipartisan basis in the coming months. He also defended various cuts in his 2012 budget proposal.
Reporters also questioned Pres. Obama on the political unrest in the Middle East and the change of power in Egypt and the U.S. reaction to the situation. He described the U.S. stance as being on “the right side of history” in Egypt. The President also called for a peaceful response to widespread protests in the Middle East.