What did Obama mean by "Assads days are numbered"?

8/18/11 Syrian President Bashar Assad "is on his way out" and "the balance has shifted" in favor of his departure, senior administration officials said Thursday after President Obama issued a statement calling on the authoritarian leader to resign. His "days are numbered," concurred... show more 8/18/11 Syrian President Bashar Assad "is on his way out" and "the balance has shifted" in favor of his departure, senior administration officials said Thursday after President Obama issued a statement calling on the authoritarian leader to resign.

His "days are numbered," concurred the trio of officials, who offered their assessments in a background conference call following Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's televised remarks elaborating the president's position.

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600 days later:

5/13/13 http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/05/13/Syrian-troops-take-full-control-of-strategic-town.html:

The uprising against Assad erupted in March 2011 and escalated into a civil war. Over the weekend, the Observatory issued a new death toll, estimating that more than 80,000 Syrians have been killed, almost half civilians. In February, the U.N. said at least 70,000 Syrians were killed.
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