President Obama on Tuesday offered cautious support for the pro-democracy demonstrations unfolding in Bahrain, Iran and Yemen, warning the governments there not to seek to silence their citizens through force.
"The world is changing," Obama said. "You can't maintain power through coercion." That's especially true in a world where people can communicate by smart phones and Twitter, he said.
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President Obama spoke with the media today in a wide-ranging press conference. He addressed questions around his proposed $3.7 trillion budget, which Republicans have criticized. And he also responded to revolutionary events in the Middle East, affecting countries beyond Egypt. To discuss the president's remarks, host Michel Martin speaks with Washington bureau chief for TV network Al Jazeera International, Abderrahim Foukara, and NPR Senior Washington Editor, Ron Elving.