Biden: Mubarak resignation is a pivotal moment in history

By Elizabeth Donatelli - bio | email
Posted by Charles Gazaway - email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - As Egypt made history with the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, the Vice President of the United States made a stop in Louisville. Joe Biden spoke at in the Brown and Williamson Club at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium as part of the Sen. Mitch McConnell lecture series. Biden took some time to address the crisis in Egypt and the long road ahead.

Biden was actually in the air aboard Air Force Two when he got word that Mubarak was stepping down. He was late to the speech and an organizer said to the audience that sometimes things happen overseas to delay things when you have a Vice President as your keynote speaker.

Kentucky's State Auditor, State Treasurer and new Secretary of State were just some of the people in Louisville to hear the vice president speak. The second most powerful Democrat in America shared the stage with the second most powerful Republican, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, talking about our national identity as another country struggles to find theirs.

"A country in the midst of the most dramatic changes we've seen in the Mideast literally in generations," said Biden.

Biden called it a pivotal moment in history and said the future of Egypt will be decided by the people.

"The transition that is taking place must be an irreversible change and a negotiated path towards democracy," Biden said.

He spoke directly to the students and told them they have opportunities to make an impact in the world.

"Look no further than Egypt where a broad range of people, many not older than the students that are in this hall are transforming a country by raising their voices, not by resorting to violence," Biden said.

It was something students we spoke to agreed with.

"As evident as it is in Egypt we have the connection of Facebook, the internet, text messages," said Elizabeth Delaney, a UofL freshman.

"We owe it to past generations to continue to do the things that are necessary to make this country great," said Daniel Cameron, a former McConnell Scholar.

"Think of how many people that were here today that are trying to make a difference," said Alex Millson, a UofL junior. "I mean at the end of the day we all want to listen and take advice from someone like him because we want to be able to make the same change that he has in our country."

The McConnell Scholars also got the chance to talk to Biden afterwards and ask questions.

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