George W. Bush on Egypt: 'What You're Seeing Is an Evolution'

Former president tells ABC News' Jonathan Karl that democracies "take a while to take root."
1:04 | 07/02/13

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What is your sense watching millions of people -- in the streets. What -- look at what's happened with the Arab Spring him in in hindsight. Did did we pushed did you push too hard. Too fast for democratic change now Middle -- I think what you're saying is an evolution. Democracies take awhile to take -- I mean look at our own country took a hundred years to get rid of slavery. Democracy requires a patient hand. Democracy requires. The building of civil society. And I believe democracy will ultimately take hold and I hope that. People who live in comfortable nations are helping. Some these young egyptians understand -- to build political parties and understand -- a claim their rightful place. In the political process. They have been snuffed out. Of the political process and all of a sudden. They've been now given a chance. And I find it instructive that the current leaders campaigned on a platform and now the Egyptian people are trying to hold -- to account.

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