While those involved in Arab uprisings welcomed Obama's support, others were disappointed with his failure to apologize for US support for Middle East dictators.
But many are skeptical that the accord will hold, given that huge differences remain between Fatah and Hamas, and Israel is strongly opposed to Palestinian unity.
In the absence of the National Democratic Party (NDP), the electoral field in September will be wide open for the Muslim Brotherhood to perform strongly.
Many of the protesters' demands remain unmet. Egyptians disagree whether it's better to focus efforts on protests or politics.
The Army joined with armed thugs yesterday to force protesters out of Cairo's Tahrir Square – one of many incidents lately that make Egyptians blame regime elements for trying to limit the scope of the revolution.
As protests continue in the wake of a Jan. 1 church bombing, the fault lines are growing between the Egypt's Copts and its secular regime.
The US ally is moving in a more authoritarian direction ahead of an impending presidential succession. In recent elections marred by fraud, the ruling party captured a near monopoly on parliament.
Egypt is seeking to burnish its role as an American ally as it hosts Israeli-Palestinian peace talks today – a calculation some says plays into Mubarak's succession strategy.
Many human rights and democracy activists in the Middle East are disillusioned with Obama's lack of action. But Egypt's acceptance today of 21 human rights recommendations after a visit by Vice President Biden may signal a shift.
President Hosni Mubarak won 74 of 88 seats in elections for the Shura Council, Egypt's upper house of parliament, amid accusations of fraud and state intimidation. The vote sets the scene for more important upcoming elections.