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NBC: Obama, finding speech 'dispiriting,' to make written statement

Update 6:48 p.m. ET: NBC News' Chuck Todd reports that White House officials say President Barack Obama found Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's speech "extremely dispiriting."

After making upbeat remarks earlier in the day at a speech in Michigan, in which he said the world was watching "history unfold," Obama is now expected only to issue a written statement this evening.

"We've got to work this carefully," a U.S. official told Todd. "We've got to get this just right."

Noting ambiguity arising from differing translations of Mubarak's remarks — which left it unclear just how much power Mubarak had turned over to Vice President Omar Suleiman — Todd said officials at the White House "want to believe that Suleiman is in charge" but can't be 100 percent of that.

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The White House indicates that President Barack Obama will issue a written statement on Egypt "shortly," NBC News' Chuck Todd reports.