Obama to Morsi: I’m Concerned

You know it’s serious when Obama calls you on the phone. On Thursday, President Obama gave Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi a call to express his “deep concern” about the seven deaths and 400 injuries that have occurred amid escalating protests outside the Cairo palace, after Morsi deployed tanks and troops on demonstrators. Obama “emphasized that all political leaders in Egypt should make clear to their supporters that violence is unacceptable,” according to the White House. He encouraged Egyptian leaders “to put aside their differences and come together to agree on a path that will move Egypt forward,” and stressed that talks with the opposition should come without preconditions.