Bombshell: Mubarak not stepping down; Update: U.S. officials “taken by surprise”; Update: Suleiman now de facto president, says ambassador; Update: No televised statement coming from Obama

posted at 4:05 pm on February 10, 2011 by Allahpundit

He’s still speaking as I write this and the translation is rough, but it surrrre sounds like he’s planning to serve out his term until September. A money line: No outsiders can give him orders The country’s Information Minister denied earlier (see the 8:03 p.m. update) that he had agreed to step down, but everyone assumed that that was a formality while arrangements were being made for him to leave.

He did say that he’s passed some of his duties to Suleiman and vowed that the much-loathed emergency law will be lifted — but even there, he didn’t give any firm commitments.

After all the media hype of the past several hours, I assume the crowds in Tahrir Square are about to go berserk. And once that happens, given Suleiman’s threats yesterday about a crackdown, the tanks are going to roll. Stand by for updates; all hell’s about to break loose.

Update: Egyptian blogger Sandmonkey says people in the street are “going crazy.” Here we go.

Update: What happened here, exactly? On Twitter, Kirsten Powers is speculating that media reports that he was going to quit were based on nothing more than rumor and wishcasting by journalists. I don’t think so. If it was that thin, Obama wouldn’t have alluded earlier to history unfolding before our eyes and Panetta wouldn’t have gone out on a limb by claiming that there was a strong likelihood that he would quit. Nor would Egypt’s military leaders have risked their prestige by making promises that won’t be kept:

[T]he first confirmation that Mr Mubarak would step down came from Lt Gen Sami Enan, the chief of the Armed Forces, who travelled to Tahrir Square to announce that the stand-off between the regime and the protesters would be brought to an end within hours. Through a loud hailer, he said: “All your demands will be met tonight.”

The change in the mood of the crowd was instantaneous. “The army and the people are one hand,” rose the chant.

By the time a uniformed officer appeared on television to read out “Communique number one” of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, it was clear that Mr Mubarak was no longer Egypt’s key player.

What happened here, I think, was some sort of eleventh-hour power struggle at the top, apparently within the military itself, about whether to push a reluctant Mubarak all the way out or keep him on with his powers devolving to Suleiman. That would explain why his speech was delayed for so many hours: Until the last moment, pro- and anti-Mubarak figures in the regime may have been wrestling over this. The pro- side won, and now we’re in the worst of all worlds — with this guy still on top, repudiating the United States as “outsiders,” and the military set to crack heads now that the crowds are ready to run wild in outrage over Mubarak’s power play.

Update: Protesters are already chanting “tomorrow, tomorrow” in anticipation of the day of prayers and massive demonstrations to follow. Assuming the crackdown doesn’t start tonight, tomorrow it is.

Update: Needless to say, if Mubarak still has enough support within the military to hold on even under pressure this tremendous, there’s no reason to believe he’ll follow through on his promise to step down in September, transfer his powers to Suleiman, etc. Referring to the U.S. as “outsiders” who are trying to dictate to him means our leverage with him is down to nil, especially with the Saudis poised to pick up the slack, so who’s left to push him out?

Update: More evidence that people very high up thought Mubarak was on his way out today. The new secretary-general of his own party was crowing to reporters earlier that he had phoned Mubarak and told him to scram for the good of the country. That’s obviously his way of positioning himself to take credit later, after Mubarak announced his resignation. Oops:

Hossam Badrawy, the new secretary-general of the ruling National Democratic Party said he told Mr. Mubarak in a telephone call that the president needed to step down for the good of the country.

“I came to this decision after many meetings, both with the vice president and with many, many of the beautiful, brilliant young people who are gathered in the square. I discussed this with the president. I told him that this move is what the republic needs,” said Mr. Badrawy…

“I have no definite information, but that is my expectation” that he will step aside,” Mr. Badrawy said. “This is the only way to restore confidence in Egypt.”

Update: Suleiman just finished speaking on TV and fired a shot across the bow of protesters, telling them that change is coming so now it’s time to go home. Crackdown status: Still on pace. Said Democratic Rep. Gary Ackerman of Mubarak’s speech, “He just lit the final fuse.”

Update: A little more evidence for my “eleventh-hour power struggle” theory from CNN:

Senior US official on #Mubarak speech: Not what we were told would happen, not what we wanted to happen

NBC has more about U.S. officials being “taken by surprise.” Apparently we’re still relying on assurances from the Egyptian military that they won’t fire on the protesters, even though it was almost certainly assurances from the Egyptian military that led us to believe Mubarak was on his way out.

Update: Here we go: Protesters trying to organize a march on the presidential palace.

Update: Evidently, the spin from Egypt’s diplomatic corps will be that this really is a victory for the protesters because Mubarak formally gave up his powers. Even thought (a) he gave them up to his right-hand man, who’s followed his wishes loyally for decades, and (b) remains in position to reclaim those powers if/when this blows over.

President Hosni Mubarak has transfered all effective powers of the presidency to Vice President Omar Suleiman, making Suleiman the de-facto president of Egypt, the Egyptian Ambassador to the United States said.

“The president did indicate very clearly he was transferring all his presidential authority to the vice president,” Sameh Shoukry told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “President Mubarak has transferred the powers of the presidency to his vice president, who will now undertake all authority as president.”

That makes Suleiman the head of the military, according to Shoukry, attributing the information to the Egyptian government.

Update: Pathetic — but still more proof that they really were taken by surprise on this:

Written stmt coming from White House – no on cam statement

Too bad. I was looking forward to an extra-purposeful “let me be clear” in The One’s comments on this.


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Bwahahahahahahahahaha!!

andy85719 on February 10, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Mubarek is largely not stepping down.

aquaviva on February 10, 2011 at 4:07 PM

How DARE he defy Obama. Who does Mubarak think he is? The President of Egypt?

portlandon on February 10, 2011 at 4:07 PM

LOLZ…

Obama.Fiddle.Played.

SouthernGent on February 10, 2011 at 4:07 PM

NBC needs to recheck their sources on the earlier report…

d1carter on February 10, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Hope and Change

cntrlfrk on February 10, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Smart power.

Y-not on February 10, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Wow, I never saw that coming…

sandee on February 10, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Notice how quiet the POTUS is…

d1carter on February 10, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Shoe waving… Apparently, that’s bad.

Fallon on February 10, 2011 at 4:08 PM

But Obowma spoke…?

Seven Percent Solution on February 10, 2011 at 4:08 PM

M.U.B.A.R.-ak

Messed
Up
Beyond
All
Recognition

Weight of Glory on February 10, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Ruh roh Reorge!

Tony737 on February 10, 2011 at 4:09 PM

I’m sure the Saudi King advised him to follow this path – perhaps out of fear that one day he’ll be in the same position.

honsy on February 10, 2011 at 4:09 PM

This is so sad to watch. Obama needs to be the one to step down. This is HIS doing with his hopenchange and even his remarks this afternoon about “you are about to witness history”.

What an absolute moron.

Pray for Egypt’s peace.

Key West Reader on February 10, 2011 at 4:09 PM

. . . and Panetta remains lost in a thick fog without a compass. Obama and his cronies are so out of touch that they have no idea what is going on in Egypt nor are they capable of exerting any influence over the outcome.

rplat on February 10, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Obama is going to send him a strongly worded letter in which he calls him a “bitter” and describes him as “clinging to his cash and his power.” Strangely, I’m kind of happy Mubarak isn’t stepping down purely because Obama wants him too and because Obama thinks the MBs are “largely secular.”

andy85719 on February 10, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Throw a shoe at him. I hear that’s the proper protocol to a sitting president.

Electrongod on February 10, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Hannity just said he is stepping down, but that’s not how I interpreted his statement.

flyfisher on February 10, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Sounds as if Hosni told Barry to but out…

d1carter on February 10, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Ummm, while I have been one of the few who has strongly supported not throwing Mubarak under the bus and has strongly supported retaining him until at least summer, if he is not stepping down then things are about to get VERY ugly in Egypt. All day long this has been building and building and building, and to come to a flat conclusion where Mubarak stays in power worries those on the sidelines (like myself) that we are about to TRULY see violence on a wide scale for the first time since this mess began.

Indy82 on February 10, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Really?

You mean a dictatorial thug is doing what he wants? contrary to the wished of his country? Contrary to the wishes of Teh One?

catmman on February 10, 2011 at 4:10 PM

What Mubarak needs now is a diversion. Something to get the protestors’ attention off of him – something that would immediately guarantee national unity. Surely there’s a neighboring country around that poses a security threat. If only there were some neighbor that everyone hated.

Gird your loins.

Matticus Finch on February 10, 2011 at 4:11 PM

The media was wrong? And Limbaugh was right? How about that?

Stand by for updates; all hell’s about to break loose.

If not right now, there’s always Friday.

forest on February 10, 2011 at 4:11 PM

The ObamaTru MSM begins spinning this in a few hours that this is exactly what the WH wanted all along…

catmman on February 10, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Something to think about. Mubarak repeatedly mentioned labor movements and infiltrators. Perhaps Barry n Company figured they had Egypt in the bag.

Key West Reader on February 10, 2011 at 4:11 PM

The speech,was also directed to the world,
to let,the Civilized World know,that Egypt
will still be in Stability,and not fall in
Terrorist hands!!

He also stated that he wouldn`t bow to outside influences,so,

Obama`s Score,is 0!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on February 10, 2011 at 4:11 PM

I found it ironic that a dictator said he won’t tolerate being dictated to. He called himself father and the people children. Wow. All heck is going to break loose now.

fastestslug on February 10, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Throw a shoe at him. I hear that’s the proper protocol to a sitting president.

Electrongod on February 10, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Last one I hear was standing.

Count to 10 on February 10, 2011 at 4:11 PM

It’s time for another youtube video from the POTUS.

Rambotito on February 10, 2011 at 4:12 PM

I hope they don’t burn the city down.

Tony737 on February 10, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Wow, this is an F U times a million.

WisCon on February 10, 2011 at 4:12 PM

portlandon

You’re a POS. He’s defying the will of the people of Egypt. And you reveal your authoritarian face in your gloating support of a dictator. No surprises there. Ugh.

Grow Fins on February 10, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Where’s Hillary ?

stenwin77 on February 10, 2011 at 4:13 PM

That’s called a “middle finger”…

Gohawgs on February 10, 2011 at 4:13 PM

LOL, Hos was obviously listening to Limbaugh’s first hour today.

Del Dolemonte on February 10, 2011 at 4:13 PM

After all the media hype of the past several hours, I assume the crowds in Tahrir Square are about to go berserk. And once that happens, given Suleiman’s threats yesterday about a crackdown, the tanks are going to roll. Stand by for updates; all hell’s about to break loose.

James Clapper says those tanks are not going to harm anyone.

Doughboy on February 10, 2011 at 4:13 PM

You’re a POS. He’s defying the will of the people of Egypt. And you reveal your authoritarian face in your gloating support of a dictator. No surprises there. Ugh.

Grow Fins on February 10, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Kinda like Obama defied the “will of the people” regarding Health care?

sandee on February 10, 2011 at 4:13 PM

I’m sure the Saudi King advised him to follow this path – perhaps out of fear that one day he’ll be in the same position.

honsy on February 10, 2011 at 4:09 PM

But Obama bowed to the Saudi King…..

PatriotRider on February 10, 2011 at 4:13 PM

You’re a POS. He’s defying the will of the people of Egypt. And you reveal your authoritarian face in your gloating support of a dictator. No surprises there. Ugh.

Grow Fins on February 10, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Grow Fins:Wake Up,and smell the Jihadys!!

canopfor on February 10, 2011 at 4:13 PM

damn, this is so going to get out of hand while obama is playing golf tomorrow and hil is shopping for pants suits. Maybe big sis can send over some t&a peeps to pat everyone down in tahrir square, that should ease the worry.

nwpammy on February 10, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Where’s Hillary ?

stenwin77 on February 10, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Mani Pedi Botox day with Nan.

Key West Reader on February 10, 2011 at 4:14 PM

When Obama bets on something happening, bet the opposite.

andy85719 on February 10, 2011 at 4:14 PM

MSM: This has to be Palin and the Tea Party’s fault.

davek70 on February 10, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Key West Reader on February 10, 2011 at 4:14 PM

LOL

d1carter on February 10, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Two things are clear: (1) Mubarak doesn’t much care whether he lives or dies, and (2) he clearly enjoys humiliating Obama. I don’t see how anything good can come of this situation.

ElectricPhase on February 10, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Well the first thing they did before making the announcement is move the police into the crowd areas. So maybe that was like a little clue…

JonPrichard on February 10, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Those tanks revving their engines are largely peaceful.

aquaviva on February 10, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Winning the Future, WTF, and

Seizing the Future, STFU,

one U.S. fool at a time…

Schadenfreude on February 10, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Ronulans at CPAC are heckling Rumsfeld, shameful

commodore on February 10, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Throw a shoe at him. I hear that’s the proper protocol to a sitting president.

Electrongod on February 10, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Hmm, that’s what they are talking about on AJ English right now. Apparently the “mood is completely altered” and people are waving their shoes around or something. the commentator actually referenced that incident.

forest on February 10, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Grow Fins on February 10, 2011 at 4:12 PM

I just don’t understand it. Gibbs said he had to be gone yesterday! Doesn’t Hosni know who is running his country? Why would that make him get his back up?

a capella on February 10, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Nicolae Ceauşescu unavailable for comment.

playblu on February 10, 2011 at 4:16 PM

But Obama bowed to the Saudi King…..

PatriotRider on February 10, 2011 at 4:13 PM

And the Saudi King spanked little bamster for humiliating his good friend Mubarak. Barry…. you’re in trouble, dude.

Key West Reader on February 10, 2011 at 4:16 PM

This ain’t gonna turn out well.

Gothguy on February 10, 2011 at 4:16 PM

You’re a POS. He’s defying the will of the people of Egypt. And you reveal your authoritarian face in your gloating support of a dictator. No surprises there. Ugh.

Grow Fins on February 10, 2011 at 4:12 PM

That is what Elections are for dumba$$. Which is how civilized people settle governmental problems. Not a bunch of murdering cutthroats chanting in the town square.

Mubarak says he will stay until the elections in 7 months.

portlandon on February 10, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Carpe Diem — Obama

Schadenfreude on February 10, 2011 at 4:16 PM

“Crowd that was joyous is now fuming to say the least”

forest on February 10, 2011 at 4:16 PM

You’re a POS. He’s defying the will of the people of Egypt. And you reveal your authoritarian face in your gloating support of a dictator. No surprises there. Ugh.

Grow Fins on February 10, 2011 at 4:12 PM

I’ve been rather shocked to watch people who claim to love freedom pulling for a dictator. If they end up with a democracy(which 90% of the people demand), people are going to remember whose side they were on. I know I will.

fastestslug on February 10, 2011 at 4:16 PM

You’re a POS. He’s defying the will of the people of Egypt. And you reveal your authoritarian face in your gloating support of a dictator. No surprises there. Ugh.

Grow Fins on February 10, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Easy there, liberal. He’s defying the will of the protestors. Think about how 250k in Egypt protesting Mubarak is ‘the will of the people’ when 250k protesting abortion in the U.S. Is a collection of tea part losers. A little perspective is in order here…

joejm65 on February 10, 2011 at 4:16 PM

What could go wrong?

cpaulus on February 10, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Mubarek: “You have to stop protesting and go home so you can see what’s in it, I mean see me resign”

Rovin on February 10, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Al Jazeera says that people in Alexandria are going to a military base to demand they remove Mubarak.

OH my gosh.

petunia on February 10, 2011 at 4:19 PM

I think it is safe to assume that Cairo is pretty much going to be a great big smoky hole in the ground by tonight, especially after Mubarek just issued the Egyptian equivalent of a great big supersized FU to the Egyptian people.

pilamaye on February 10, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Don’t worry Mubarak is largely secular.

Caper29 on February 10, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Now a message from Hope and Change Inc.:

“Bitter clinger…clinging to his power…discriminates against terrorists groups…I mean “largely secular” organizations…bitter…sandbagger…I’m Obama, people listen to me, I kept the water from rising…(beep)…it’s Hillary’s fault…(beep)…I need a cig.”

This has been brought to you by Hope and Change Inc.

andy85719 on February 10, 2011 at 4:19 PM

I had a feeling…

steebo77 on February 10, 2011 at 4:20 PM

I love how Obama gets played again, everytime he thinks “this is it”, he comes out and tries to get in front of the events like it’s all about him, only to have the rug pulled out from under him. this egypt conflict has fully exposed him for being a complete lightweight opportunist.

exceller on February 10, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Really,is there a REASON Mubarack should leave,
I`ve been listening for almost a week,(yes,I
know,Al Jazeera lies)and the constant drum beat,
was Mubarack was the same as Saddam Hussien,a
brutal dictator!!

Tell me,why wasn`t Egypt on Hopeys radar from Day one,
and where was all the bleeding heart Liberal Rights Groups,

ya,thats what I thought,silence,until this BLEW UP,and
we find out,Team Obama has been busy,with Lefty Rights
Groups undermiming Egypt for a,

more Righteous Social Justice Community Organizing
Utopia,

Change….Change..Change…Historical…yap…yap..yap!!

canopfor on February 10, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Obama is like the kiss of death: Chicago Oylmpics, Chicago Bears, and now Egyption President. He never picks a winner…

Please, Obama, pick the Yankees to win the World Series and the Jets to win the AFC East next year…

RedSoxNation on February 10, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Mubarack stuck it to Burack!!

canopfor on February 10, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Sorry but this is only a bombshell if you precipitously bought into all the media’s wish-casting for Mubarak to step down.

RedRedRice on February 10, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Panetta spoke.
Agreements broke.

maverick muse on February 10, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Can you imagine if Bush had the record of Obama. He would be hammered every day about his incompetence. At some point, his inability to function productively will overwhelm his administration…

RedSoxNation on February 10, 2011 at 4:22 PM

I love how Obama gets played again, everytime he thinks “this is it”, he comes out and tries to get in front of the events like it’s all about him, only to have the rug pulled out from under him. this egypt conflict has fully exposed him for being a complete lightweight opportunist.

exceller on February 10, 2011 at 4:20 PM

This is going to have extremely detrimental consequences for our future relationship with Egypt, Saudi, Israel, Jordan, et al. Barack has put our Nation and our Nation’s most strategic allies in mortal danger.

Key West Reader on February 10, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Oh those Middle Easterners. Always needing someone to slap them around. At least that is what those tin pot dictators think.

This guy stealing 70 billion makes bernie madoff look like a pick pocket. Somehow, things always seem to go from bad to worse in the Middle East whenever Middle Easterners are at the wheel.

saiga on February 10, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Now how is Obowma going to take credit for this…?

Seven Percent Solution on February 10, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Shepherd Smith and others in the media who were all teary-eyed over the prospect of “true democracy” hardest hit….

Dictators are the last to know when it’s time to go. Look at ours….

MrScribbler on February 10, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Do you get the feeling that they’ve (Mubarak and the MB)have figured out that Smart Power! consists of speaking loudly, but being reticent to back it up?

kingsjester on February 10, 2011 at 4:23 PM

I love how Obama gets played again, everytime he thinks “this is it”, he comes out and tries to get in front of the events like it’s all about him, only to have the rug pulled out from under him. this egypt conflict has fully exposed him for being a complete lightweight opportunist.

exceller on February 10, 2011 at 4:20 PM

This!

WisRich on February 10, 2011 at 4:23 PM

I’ve been rather shocked to watch people who claim to love freedom pulling for a dictator. If they end up with a democracy(which 90% of the people demand), people are going to remember whose side they were on. I know I will.

fastestslug on February 10, 2011 at 4:16 PM

7 months of a Dictator vs. Generations of Jihadi Muslim Brotherhood rule.

Hmmmmmm.

I’ll take the dictator for 7 months followed by elections.

portlandon on February 10, 2011 at 4:24 PM

I’ve been rather shocked to watch people who claim to love freedom pulling for a dictator. If they end up with a democracy(which 90% of the people demand), people are going to remember whose side they were on. I know I will.

fastestslug on February 10, 2011 at 4:16 PM

That 90% you speak of don’t even know the definition of democracy. This will not end well.

Tim Zank on February 10, 2011 at 4:24 PM

What an absolute moron.

Pray for Egypt’s peace.

Key West Reader on February 10, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Key West Reader:

Hopey has done drove Egypt into the ditch,sh*t,I mean
into the Suez Canal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!–:)

canopfor on February 10, 2011 at 4:24 PM

What a mess.

Easy there, liberal. He’s defying the will of the protestors. Think about how 250k in Egypt protesting Mubarak is ‘the will of the people’ when 250k protesting abortion in the U.S. Is a collection of tea part losers. A little perspective is in order here…

joejm65 on February 10, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Oh really? And who are these supporters of Mubarak? The only ones I have seen were paid to come in on camels and beat up reporters.

Half the country lives in poverty. They do not have freedom of speech or assembly or press. The last guy who actually tried to win an election against Mubarak ended up in prison for four years and almost died there. A few months ago a blogger died in police custody. He has been there for 29 years and the economy is in a shambles and there is no real political freedom.

Mubarak is not a popular man in his own country. It is not just liberals who say this.

I worry about the Muslim Brotherhood and people like that, but not all of those people are in the MB. I have seen young woman in western dress in the streets saying they want freedom. I don’t know what is going to happen, but I know that it is their country. I don’t feel right about telling them they have to live with a guy like this when I know I wouldn’t tolerate myself. Most Americans would not.

Terrye on February 10, 2011 at 4:24 PM

fastestslug on February 10, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Don’t worry about it. The secular, nonviolent MB also wants democracy there. IIRC, 3% of the Egyptian population doesn’t hate Israel. It’s all good.

a capella on February 10, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Sorry but this is only a bombshell if you precipitously bought into all the media’s wish-casting for Mubarak to step down.

RedRedRice on February 10, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Yes earlier I did have a moment of clarity earlier that there was no way he would give up this easily… but then I got caught up in the hope of the military, which I think has shown a real interest in the best interest of the people and they are famously against the Muslim Brotherhood.

I did not expect the kind of defiance that Mubarak showed. He was so stupidly paternalist. Oh my gosh. What an absolute idiot.

petunia on February 10, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Keywords in Mubarack’s speech: International Labor Unions.

Remember that.

Key West Reader on February 10, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Where’s Waldobama? Time for a little social justice for the crowds of lefty/slimes. Hopefully they street bums will get the bum’s rush.

el Vaquero on February 10, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Just a suggestion…

… but if you haven’t already, I would go fill up my gas tank whilst you can.

Seven Percent Solution on February 10, 2011 at 4:26 PM

I figure anything that obama and his media are loving has got to be the wrong thing to do.I love it when they think they have it all figured out and it blows up in their faces.

ohiobabe on February 10, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Why is everyone downing Obama? I don’t remember one quote saying Mubarak must step down. How is this an affront to him? You people take any opportunity to insult your President.

underceij on February 10, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Where’s Hillary ?

stenwin77 on February 10, 2011 at 4:13 PM
Mani Pedi Botox day with Nan.

Key West Reader on February 10, 2011 at 4:14 PM

LOL!!

She’s gonna play “Monday morning Quarterback” again. She’ll be on the Sunday shows after she finds her best “angle”.

Tim_CA on February 10, 2011 at 4:27 PM

It’a amazing how impotent this makes America look. Unreal.

alwaysfiredup on February 10, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Whats going to be interesting is that that speech has to drop the other shoe.
The implication is that this is going to end on his terms ( military dropping the hammer).
The status quo is not an option it seems. Crackdown or revolution.
Not great.

jjshaka on February 10, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Keywords in Mubarack’s speech: International Labor Unions.

Remember that.

Key West Reader on February 10, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Now, start to listen for “Social Justice”…

Seven Percent Solution on February 10, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Mubarak was around for Jimmy Carter’s siding with the Mullahs over the Shah of Iran.

He knows the void of his leaving will be filled with the Jihadi Brotherhood.

Mubarak just told Obama and the “Hope & Changers” to stuff it.

portlandon on February 10, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Keywords in Mubarack’s speech: International Labor Unions.

Remember that.

Key West Reader on February 10, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Key West Reader:Well,thank-you,I missed that!:)

canopfor on February 10, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Just a suggestion…

… but if you haven’t already, I would go fill up my gas tank whilst you can.

Seven Percent Solution on February 10, 2011 at 4:26 PM

You betcha! Stock in on wheat, corn, rice, chocolate, coffee, beans, sugar and meats. They’ll be scarce soon enough.

Key West Reader on February 10, 2011 at 4:28 PM

That 90% you speak of don’t even know the definition of democracy. This will not end well.

Tim Zank on February 10, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Really? They know the definition of autocratic thug because they actually live with it everyday. They are there. It is their country. Look where Mubarak has brought it. How has that worked out? I don’t know if they know the definition of democracy or not, but I do know that they are not going to go along with this without a fight just because some people here in the US are not comfortable with their understanding of democracy. They don’t really care what you think.

Terrye on February 10, 2011 at 4:29 PM

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