Obama Tells Libyan People: ‘Your Sacrifices Have Been Extraordinary’

Speaking from his vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, President Barack Obama today addressed the Libyan people directly. “Your courage and character have been unbreakable in the face of a tyrant,” Obama said. “An ocean divides us but we are joined in the basic human longing for freedom, for justice and for dignity. Your revolution is your own and your sacrifices have been extraordinary.” But Obama warned of “huge challenges ahead” for Libya. He said the U.S. will continue to coordinate with NATO and other allies to suppress lingering regime elements, get humanitarian aid to the wounded, and press the U.N General Assembly next month for an “inclusive transition that lead to a democratic Libya.”