Obama to Syria's Assad: Lead to democracy or leave

May 19, 2011 10:02:49 AM PDT
President Barack Obama on Thursday called for Syrian President Bashar Assad to lead his country to democracy or "get out of the way," his most direct warning to the leader of a nation embroiled in violence. In a wide-ranging speech on the Arab revolt across the Middle East and North Africa, Obama said the United States has a historic opportunity and the responsibility to support the rights of people clamoring for freedoms. President Obama to Syria's President Bashar Assad: Lead to democracy or leave