At U of L, Biden says Egyptian people must determine their own future

02/11/2011 05:28 PM

(WITH VIDEO) LOUISVILLE — Thirty minutes before he was scheduled to take the stage for a speech inside Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, at the University of the Louisville, Vice President Joe Biden was informed of the sudden regime change happening in Egypt.

The resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was a surprise, given that Mubarak had said the night before he would not leave office despite nearly three weeks of protests.

So Biden gave the hundreds of people who attended his speech for the McConnell Center series the first public reaction from the White House to the events in Egypt.

Speaking before President Barack Obama gave a six-minute televised response to Mubarak’s resignation, Biden lauded the fact that the current generation across the world was able to “bend history ever so slightly” in Egypt and across the Middle East.

And he noted this was just the beginning for change.

-Videos produced by Kenny Colston

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