Video: Protests continue in Cairo over Morsi power grab

posted at 11:31 am on November 24, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Protests continued in Cairo a second day, with thousands of Egyptians filling the streets in reaction to Mohamed Morsi’s assertion of “temporary” dictatorial powers. Morsi attempted to explain that the decrees that removed legislative and judicial oversight over his actions were aimed at the “weevils” of the Mubarak regime, an odd declaration as Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood had already succeeded in driving them out of at least the legislature. CBS News reports that Egyptians feel “betrayed” as Morsi’s reforms have turned into something that looks a lot like another Nasser/Sadat/Mubarak regime in the making:

CBS’ analyst questions the timing:

“What position has the US been put in?” “The same position as it has for decades in the Midde East.” Yes, which is just another way of saying, “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss,” with the exception that this boss is a lot less friendly to US actions while still leaving the US on the hook for supporting him.  Smart power.

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Ahhhhh…

Arab Spring is such a lovely time of year.

itsnotaboutme on November 24, 2012 at 11:33 AM

I wonder who Obama will side with?

darwin on November 24, 2012 at 11:34 AM

This is what democracy looks like, or something.

The Rogue Tomato on November 24, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Typically, the CBS reporter calls the freedom-loving goodguys “liberals.”

itsnotaboutme on November 24, 2012 at 11:36 AM

White House response: *crickets*

Hill60 on November 24, 2012 at 11:37 AM

One man, one vote, one time

Canadian Imperialist Running Dog on November 24, 2012 at 11:37 AM

History, repeat, History, repeat…

Iran 1979/80
Mullahocracy
Incompetent Progressive in White House: Carter

Egypt 2011/12
Muzzieahcracy
Incompetent Progressive in White House: Obama

American voters still prefer to let Mommy be in charge.

PappyD61 on November 24, 2012 at 11:41 AM

I might be tempted to tell the voters in Egypt, hey you all asked for it, suffer the consequences fools, let it burn…….

but then…….

PappyD61 on November 24, 2012 at 11:44 AM

But then, you’d have to say the same to your fellow Americans.

tngmv on November 24, 2012 at 11:49 AM

“We won’t get fooled again”?

Count to 10 on November 24, 2012 at 11:50 AM

History, repeat, History, repeat…

Iran 1979/80
Mullahocracy
Incompetent Progressive in White House: Carter

Egypt 2011/12
Muzzieahcracy
Incompetent Progressive in White House: Obama

American voters still prefer to let Mommy be in charge.

PappyD61 on November 24, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Not quite. At least we fired Carter. We kept this dunce.

ElectricPhase on November 24, 2012 at 11:52 AM

But the Muslim Brotherhood represent Allah.

How can anyone oppose Allah?

Isn’t that blasphemy?

Requiring death?

profitsbeard on November 24, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Mohamed Morsi’s assertion of “temporary” dictatorial powers

Well Morsi could just say he is a prophet and that Allah told him it’s ok rape and kill.

Muzzles always fall for that one.

SparkPlug on November 24, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Surprise!

Who could have possibly seen this coming? /

iurockhead on November 24, 2012 at 12:01 PM

We need to end all foreign aid to Egypt and the rest of the muslem world.

Today.

Rebar on November 24, 2012 at 12:01 PM

…meanwhile the rest of the world is watching videos of Americans storming and breaking down store doors, trampling each other, and hear of Americans shooting and knifing each other for places in line or for limited merchandise!

KOOLAID2 on November 24, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Protests continued in Cairo a second day, with thousands of Egyptians filling the streets in reaction to Mohamed Morsi’s assertion of “temporary” dictatorial powers. Morsi attempted to explain that the decrees that removed legislative and judicial oversight over his actions were aimed at the “weevils” of the Mubarak regime ….

The judicial and legislative branches ought to produce decrees that temporarily remove decree making powers, retroactively, of the president and explain that the decrees were aimed at preventing new “weevils” from emerging until the new legislature is elected. Wait, first they must decree that they can make decrees. Then they must decree that their decrees can be retroactive.

Maybe there should be one more decreeing that the military and police powers devolve temporarily to a temporary joint legislative-judicial decree making commission.

That’s four decrees, or eight if you count the two branches. That ought to be enough mocking of Morsi that he might get the message.

Dusty on November 24, 2012 at 12:10 PM

the moderate islamist tries to take over and the egyptians revolt! for all those that fear a islamist takeover, I dont think it will happen. they will never agree on a kalifa and they will forever fight between factions and sects. even islamists will see that islamism is a pipe dream.

nathor on November 24, 2012 at 12:10 PM

so what…

equanimous on November 24, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Dear Liar will call up Morsi, not to ask him to rescind the decree, but to ask for advice on how to do it.

rbj on November 24, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Anyone named Morsi must be pretty cool. Wonder if he knows the words to Suedehead and How Soon is Now?

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 24, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Looks like the trolley of democracy wound up just where it started in Egypt. Save instead of a secular tyrant going after anti-regime elements, you have a religious tyrant going after ancien regime elements, anti-regime elements and other religious elements. Plus wanting to blow up historical sites that serve as the main source of tourist income for a Nation that depends on tourist income…

SMART POWER!!!

De adults, dey are in charge!!!!

ajacksonian on November 24, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Hi Ed,

On a totally irrelevant note, with regard to the subtitle on the main page, its Weebles,not Weevils, that wobble (but don’t fall down). Weevils are a type of beetle that sometimes get into flour, or bole weevils that get into cotton (while on the plant).

This has no significance, but as I watch morality and freedom collapse at home and abroad there are moments when I prefer to focus on insignificant trivia because I don’t have the heart to comment on the world changing events of the moment. I’ll get over it.

Thanks for everyone at Hotair.com for keeping us informed.

Ordinary American on November 24, 2012 at 12:17 PM

On a totally irrelevant note, with regard to the subtitle on the main page…

Ordinary American on November 24, 2012 at 12:17 PM

it is relevant…

equanimous on November 24, 2012 at 12:22 PM

So, basically the Egyptian people are upset that the fella that they elected to be in charge of their nation, who promised them “Hope and Change”, turned out to be a lightweight, is now in the process of passing executive orders and taking all of their freedoms away, and has become a despot.

No wonder Obama likes him.

kingsjester on November 24, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Sic semper tyrannis.

coldwarrior on November 24, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Thanks obummer

jake49 on November 24, 2012 at 12:42 PM

At least the Egyptians know how to fight for their Freedom! Americans don’t fight for their Freedom anymore. That’s why we have accepted Voter Fraud and done nothing about it! Americans accepted the theft of their country & their Freedom, by the Marxist Left & the rinos & eSTABrepubs have colluded with the Marxist Messiah, to take away your country and what have you done about it? NOT A DAMN THING! You(Americans) have become the proverbial frog in a pot of boiling water! You allowed the theft of this country & you will come up with more BS cop outs, so you don’t have to take the blame for your laziness & cowardice! But, from here on out, every time you look in the mirror, you will always know, you were the one who sold out the Freedoms of all future Americans. When your kids or grandkids ask you, how did we lose our Freedom? You can proudly tell them that you & your generations, cowardice and unwillingness to fight Voter Fraud, was the cause of the end of the most prosperous & successful country, in the history of the Earth.
Personally, this fight won’t end for me til they rip my guns from my cold dead hands! You cowards who refuse, or are to afraid to fight, will die a thousand deaths, before you’re done!

http://www.paratisiusa.blogspot.com

God Bless America!

paratisi on November 24, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Egyptians feel “betrayed” as Morsi’s reforms have turned into something that looks a lot like another Nasser/Sadat/Mubarak regime in the making:

Surprise, surprise, surprise. Whoever could have foreseen such an event. I’m shocked I tell you! Shocked!

AZfederalist on November 24, 2012 at 12:53 PM

When we people realize that as long as you have a Islamic based government you can never have a democratic government. With Islam it’s my way or the highway(death).

Pomai on November 24, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Maybe he just wants to start building his pyramid.

Limerick on November 24, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Benghazi-Gate Enters New Phase: The Cover Up of the Cover Up
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/11/23/Benghazi-Gate-Now-Cover-Up-Of-Cover-Up

It now looks as though the White House’s excuse for the pre-election Libya cover-up is itself a cover up. Last week we were told by the Administration (and the compliant media) that during her now-infamous round robin of five Sunday news shows, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice was only telling us what she was told by the intelligence community. We were also told that references to al-Qaeda were edited out of the talking points in order to avoid tipping off the attackers that we were on to them. According to a number of CBS News’ sources, this simply isn’t true.

Galt2009 on November 24, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Arab Spring 2?

DeathtotheSwiss on November 24, 2012 at 12:58 PM

I wonder if morsi will pull an assad and start killing all the protesters?
L

letget on November 24, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Arab Spring 2?

DeathtotheSwiss on November 24, 2012 at 12:58 PM

I’d much prefer an Arab Fall.

coldwarrior on November 24, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Arab Spring turns into Arab Freaknik

faraway on November 24, 2012 at 1:13 PM

From mediator to malevolent despot in just a couple of days…/

kingsjester on November 24, 2012 at 1:15 PM

nathor on November 24, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Talk about naive!

coldwarrior, glad you’re back.

Schadenfreude on November 24, 2012 at 1:17 PM

even islamists will see that islamism is a pipe dream.

nathor on November 24, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Unfortunately, only the dead ones.

faraway on November 24, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Entirely predicted.

Barky and his minions believe that the Arab Spring was Smart Power and Social Justice at the same time. As in a great piece of PR – if ‘the people’ really want to be ruled by Islamo-fascists then that is their choice. Ron Paul would agree.

The thing both the Democrats and RP fail to do is think a few moves ahead. A new block of Islamo-fascist countries will undoubtedly become a problem for the West, they’re not just going to mind their own business and pass their time drinking bad tea and stoning women to death.

A very holy man once said something about Chickens coming home to Roost. All of this is going to end badly.

CorporatePiggy on November 24, 2012 at 1:20 PM

So, basically the Egyptian people are upset that the fella that they elected to be in charge of their nation, who promised them “Hope and Change”, turned out to be a lightweight, is now in the process of passing executive orders and taking all of their freedoms away, and has become a despot.

No wonder Obama likes him.

kingsjester on November 24, 2012 at 12:27 PM

How do you spell “FORWARD” in arabic?

NapaConservative on November 24, 2012 at 1:29 PM

NapaConservative on November 24, 2012 at 1:29 PM

“Allahu Akbar.” while killing an infidel.

kingsjester on November 24, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Was to be this post but was on to the headline one.

This part of the revolution still does not show how much power Morsi has on the army. He has replaced the leaders but the middle to lower level officers have their own interests and not much has been seen which way there loyalties are. Is there a split in the army where some divisions are loyal to the MB and some loyal to there own bank accounts and interests. Are they all fully Muslim Brotherhood and just a name change away from being the revolutionary guard. As long as the Morsi’s puppets and minions do not interfere with their interests like order them to arm Gaza with modern US made military grade long range missiles that the iron dome will not get stop and do real damage in Israel, arrest and public execute the judges, or stop their financial interests of collecting taxes that they skim they will be fine to go along with what he does.

addendum:
The Cairo police has to be full infiltrated by MB as that is how they work. Community organize the police to be one with the people and the people that organized them are MB

tjexcite on November 24, 2012 at 1:43 PM

We need to end all foreign aid to Egypt and the rest of the muslem world.

Today.

Rebar on November 24, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Agreed 100%..no more funds to Pakistan or Egypt…only Israel, the one true alley in that region for us, should get anymore funding

sadsushi on November 24, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Well, if history repeats itself, the long knives will soon come out one night.

Resist We Much on November 24, 2012 at 2:41 PM

“[Coptic Christians] need to know that conquest in coming, and Egypt will be Islamic, and thay they must pay the jizya or emigrate.”

- Mohammed Morsi, President of Egypt, 27 May 2012

In The Muslim World, Religious Tolerance Is A One-Way Street

M2RB: Kalai

Resist We Much on November 24, 2012 at 2:45 PM

On a totally irrelevant note, with regard to the subtitle on the main page, its Weebles,not Weevils, that wobble (but don’t fall down).

Ordinary American

Weevil is the word Morsi used. That’s why Ed used it instead of “Weebles”.

xblade on November 24, 2012 at 2:47 PM

“Clinton praises Egypt’s Morsi during “critical phase” for region over Gaza…”

What’s that Hillary…?

… I can’t hear you.

Smart Power or something…?

… Benghazi-Gate and now this?

How much money did you just give to Morsi…?

… Where’s your boss?

A)Egg
B)Face
C)Some assembly required

Seven Percent Solution on November 24, 2012 at 3:19 PM

“Meet the new boss, same as the old boss,” with the exception that this boss is a lot less friendly to US actions while still leaving the US on the hook for supporting him. Smart power.

The whole reason why the rat-eared wonder decided that Ambassador Stevens and the others had to die without a bit of assistance- even as their deaths were being recorded in real-time at Foggy Bottom- was the myth of an Arab Spring. Competent foreign policy analysts urged caution but not Obama/Clinton/Rice who were out there lying their asses off, pre-apologizing for a made up offense against the Muslims false prophet, and otherwise pretending that the Islamic animals in charge of the middle east are budding George Washingtons with turbans.

Happy Nomad on November 24, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Waiting for Obama, Romney, and all those media hacks to call for Morsi’s removal the same way they called for Mubarak’s…

sharrukin on November 24, 2012 at 3:52 PM

On a totally irrelevant note, with regard to the subtitle on the main page, its Weebles,not Weevils, that wobble (but don’t fall down).

Ordinary American

Weevil is the word Morsi used. That’s why Ed used it instead of “Weebles”.

xblade on November 24, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Thanks for the explanation. I missed it.

Ordinary American on November 24, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Did anyone think this would turn out differently? You will never in hell have democracy in a Muslim society controlled by Islamists. Secondly, when you have liberals in charge who refuse to even use the word terrorist, this is what you can expect when terrorists are in charge. The Arab Spring has been a total failure and if Pubs were in charge, it would have been revealed by the state run media as a failure and gross incompetence long ago. But, who gives a chit about about these cave dwellers. The more they kill themselves, the better. Cut off every cent of foreign aid to all countries.

they lie on November 24, 2012 at 4:40 PM

And how many billions are we still sending them?

Ward Cleaver on November 25, 2012 at 1:14 AM