It’s fascinating. Hosni Mubarak just doesn’t seem to get it.
Actually he doesn’t get it at all. His speech would have made sense if it had been given thirty years ago. Now, well, he just sounds lost.
The entire speech is about what he is going to do. The problem is that the Egyptian public wants only one thing, for him to leave.
He says he will change the Constitution. The problem is that the citizens of Egypt want to be the ones who change the Constitution. He says he’s proud of his years of service. They say that he’s a thief, who robbed his own country. He says things were manipulated by other players. The people on the street think that the manipulator was Hosni Mubarak.
I’ve been following the happenings in Egypt as closely as I can. I don’t speak the language, so I’ve had to work with translations provided by people in Twitter and Identi.ca. On Twitter:
@Farrah3m – my personal favorite, an incredible lady
On Identi.ca I’ve been following @grep.
In the follow up to Mubarak’s speech, the CBC reporter was interviewing someone from Egypt, and the CBC reporter just didn’t seem it get it. ‘Isn’t it OK’ she asked ‘Now that Mubarak has promised to step down?’
The woman she was questioning said no, that Egyptians want Mubarak gone now, at which point the reporter repeated herself…
Where exactly has that reporter been for the last week?
Tuesday February 1, 2010