Egypt unrest: Mubarak's speech leaves nation, world wondering who's in charge
Protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square erupt in anger after President Hosni Mubarak indicates he will not resign.
February 10th, 2011
11:22 PM ET

Egypt unrest: Mubarak's speech leaves nation, world wondering who's in charge

The latest developments, as confirmed by CNN, on the uprising in Egypt. Demonstrators have taken to the streets of Egypt's major cities to demand an end to President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule, prompting the government to deploy the military to deal with civil unrest for the first time in a generation. Check out our full coverage and the latest tweets from CNN correspondents on the ground.

[Update 6:22 a.m. Friday in Cairo, 11:22 p.m. Thursday ET] More large anti-government protests are expected Friday in Cairo, Alexandria and elsewhere in Egypt, despite Mubarak's announcement late Thursday that he'd delegate his powers to Vice President Omar Suleiman.

[Update 6:20 a.m. Friday in Cairo, 11:20 p.m. Thursday ET] U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement late Thursday that the United Nations "stands ready to assist" in the process of ensuring "genuine and inclusive dialogue with all stakeholders" in order to expedite a "transparent, orderly and peaceful transition that meets the legitimate aspirations of the Egyptian people."

[Update 4:29 a.m. in Cairo, 9:29 p.m. ET] - Following Mubarak's Thursday night speech, thousands of demonstrators in Cairo's Tahrir Square have been showing their defiance to his rule by lying down on the streets and sidewalks under blankets for a massive "sleep in." On one wide sidewalk, about a hundred protesters lay next to each other under blankets.

Meanwhile, a group of volunteers were working early Friday to construct makeshift homes and buildings in the square, using plywood and wooden boards. They included shower stalls and bathrooms, activist Sharif Makawi said.

[Update 3:30 a.m. in Cairo, 8:30 p.m. ET] Long a pillar of Hosni Mubarak's three-decade rule over Egypt, Omar Suleiman now sits at the top of the pyramid as its de facto president. Read more about Suleiman and his gradual rise to the top.

Brush up on Mubarak's speech here and find Suleiman's speech here.

Update 3:00 a.m. in Cairo, 8:00 p.m. ET] U.S. President Barack Obama urged the Egyptian government "to move swiftly to explain the changes that have been made, and to spell out in clear and unambiguous language" the process that will lead to democracy.

"The Egyptian people have been told that there was a transition of authority, but it is not yet clear that this transition is immediate, meaningful or sufficient. Too many Egyptians remain unconvinced that the government is serious about a genuine transition to democracy, and it is the responsibility of the government to speak clearly to the Egyptian people and the world," he said in a statement. "The Egyptian government must put forward a credible, concrete and unequivocal path toward genuine democracy, and they have not yet seized that opportunity."

Obama did not call on Mubarak to step down, but he did call for emergency law to be lifted while negotiations continue among the government, opposition parties and civil society on the country's future.

"As we have said from the beginning of this unrest, the future of Egypt will be determined by the Egyptian people. But the United States has also been clear that we stand for a set of core principles. We believe that the universal rights of the Egyptian people must be respected, and their aspirations must be met. We believe that this transition must immediately demonstrate irreversible political change, and a negotiated path to democracy."

[Update 2:10 a.m. in Cairo, 7:10 p.m. ET] Disappointed. Angry. Frustrated. These are some of the words being used by CNN correspondents to describe the mood among protesters after President Mubarak's speech that designated Vice President Omar Suleiman the de-facto president of Egypt.

"He's playing the same old game. He hasn't done anything new," a protester told CNN's Fred Pleitgen. "Suleiman is the same as Mubarak. And we will keep coming out here each day until he's gone."

Read here for more crowd reaction, plus a roundup of expert opinion and reaction to the speeches, with a look at where the Egypt story goes from here.

[Update 1:56 a.m. in Cairo, 6:56 p.m. ET] An estimated crowd of 1,000 protesters are closing in on Egypt's presidential palace, where a heavy security presence is guarding the palace and several government buildings nearby.

[Update 1:29 a.m. in Cairo, 6:29 p.m. ET] But what about CIA Director Leon Panetta's statement to Congress earlier today that there is a "strong likelihood" that Mubarak might step down?

A U.S. intelligence official tells CNN’s Pam Benson that Panetta was referring to press reports.

"This is not an intelligence failure. The intelligence community has been tracking events in real time, and actions and decisions change in real time," the official said.

During the House Intelligence committee hearing this morning, Panetta responded to a question with this headline-making statement: "As you can see I got the same information you did, which is there is a strong likelihood that Mubarak may step down this evening, which would be significant in terms of where the hopefully orderly transition in Egypt takes place."

But about 45 minutes later in the hearing he walked it back when he said, "let me say, just to make very clear here, I received reports that possibly Mubarak might do that, we are continuing to monitor the situation, we have not gotten specific word that he would do that."

[Update 1:08 a.m. in Cairo, 6:08 p.m. ET] Tweet from Egyptian opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei: Egypt will explode. Army must save the country now.

In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, ElBaradei said it's unclear whose side the Army is on. As for Suleiman taking control of the presidency?

"Suleiman is an extension of Mubarak. They are twins," he said. "For the sake of their country, they should go."

[Update 1:00 a.m. in Cairo, 6:00 p.m. ET] Parliamentary speaker Ahmed Fathi Srour tells Nile TV that President Hosni Mubarak's move puts the authority for the day-to-day running of the government in Vice President Omar Suleiman's hands. That would include oversight of the police, the Interior Ministry and other key agencies, control of economic policy and running any negotiations with the opposition.

Srour echoed Mubarak's statement in adding that the constitution specifically prohibits the president from delegating other key powers to the vice president. As a result, power to dismiss parliament or dismiss the government and the power to ask for amendments to the constitution remain in Mubarak's hands, not Suleiman's.

[Update 12:40 a.m. in Cairo, 5:40 p.m. ET] 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 Mubarak the de jure head of state, or as a matter of law, and Suleiman, the de-facto head of state and the military, Shoukry said, attributing the information to the Egyptian government. Suleiman has no power to dissolve parliament or to make amendments to the constitution, he said.

[Update 12:25 a.m. in Cairo, 5:25 p.m. ET] CNN's Ivan Watson says you need only look at the network of tents and a makeshift wooden shelter erected in the middle of Tahrir Square for evidence of what people are planning to do next: "These people are not going. 'When he leaves, we leave.' This is just the beginning."

[Update 12:15 a.m. in Cairo, 5:15 p.m. ET] Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak offered his view on the situation in Egypt Thursday during a visit to the United Nations:

"I think we should not pretend that we are more important for the Egyptian people than their own interests... it's up to the Egyptian people to find their way and to do it according to their own constitution, norms and practices."

[Update 11:58 p.m. in Cairo, 4:58 p.m. ET] Protesters are forming a human chain around the offices of the state-run television after Mubarak's announcement that he will stay in power until September. "The anger is deep, it's profound and widespread," CNN's Ben Wedeman reports of the crowd reaction. Some speculate that the government is trying to provoke strong reaction to justify a crackdown.

[Update 11:38 p.m. in Cairo, 4:38 p.m. ET] Vice President Omar Suleiman says President Hosni Mubarak's speech affirms his commitment to responding to "the demands of the people" and to making the "safety, security and stability" of Egypt a priority above any other consideration.

He also commended the "youth revolution" while urging young people to "go back to your houses, go back to your work, the homeland needs your work." He also told them to ignore the "satellite images" that "mar Egypt" by fomenting revolt.

[Update 11:35 p.m. in Cairo, 4:35 p.m. ET] A recap of the highlights of President Hosni Mubarak's speech:

- Mubarak said he has delegated powers to the vice president "in accordance with the constitution," but did not specify the scope of that power.

- Mubarak said that he will "keep his promise" to leave office after new
elections are held this fall.

- Mubarak announced that he "will not accept or listen to any foreign
interventions or dictations."

- Addressing Egypt's youth, the president vowed that he "will respond to your demands and your voices," and that he has been pained and embarrassed by violence committed against anti-government demonstrators.

[Update 11:30 p.m. in Cairo, 4:30 p.m. ET] The United States' reaction? "Not what we were told would happen, not what we wanted to happen," CNN's John King says, quoting a government official.

[Update 11:20 p.m. in Cairo, 4:20 p.m. ET] Some protesters begin to leave Cairo's Tahrir Square in the direction of the presidential palace, CNN's Ivan Watson reports. Others are heading in the direction of the state-run television station, CNN's Ben Wedeman reports.

[Update 11:05 p.m. in Cairo, 4:05 p.m. ET] "This guy is calling for more rage in the country," a protester in Tahrir Square tells CNN's Fred Pleitgen after Mubarak speaks. "This guy doesn't want to leave in peace."

[Update 11:00 p.m. in Cairo, 4:00 p.m. ET] The crowd in Tahrir Square erupts into roars of "get out" as Mubarak announces he will not step down.

"I will not submit to any international pressures," he says, according to an unofficial translation. "I have preserved my dignity and preserved the peace for Egypt and I have worked hard for the renaissance, I have never tried to have more authority, and I think the majority of people know very well who Hosni Mubarak is, and it hurts my heart when I see and hear from my own colleagues and my own people, but I –I know the juntion that we are facing right now, but I am fully convinced that Egypt will pass these difficult times."

[Update 10:55 p.m. in Cairo, 3:55 p.m. ET] President Hosni Mubarak announces that he "will follow the track of peaceful transition until September." He also said he will hold accountable those who fomented violence against demonstrators during the past two weeks.

[Update 10:50 p.m. in Cairo, 3:50 p.m. ET] "I will not nominate myself for next the presidential election and I will be satisfied with what I have done to the country and the homeland for more than 60 years during years of peace and war," Mubarak says.

[Update 10:45 p.m. in Cairo, 3:45 p.m. ET] "I will respond to your demands and your voices and this is a commitment that cannot be reversed. I am committed to carrying out my promises in all credibility," President Hosni Mubarak says in a televised address, according to an unofficial translation.

[Update 10:25 p.m. in Cairo, 3:25 p.m. ET] Change is in the air and on the airwaves, CNN's Ben Wedeman tweets: "Egypt State TV now reading long list of charges against former NDP business tycoon Ahmed Ezz, Gamal Mubarak's ex-best friend. Unbelievable."

[Update 10:10 p.m. in Cairo, 3:10 p.m. ET] Now trending on Twitter: #Reasonsmubarakislate, which invites people to ponder what's taking so long for Mubarak to make his annoucement.

[Update 10:00 p.m. in Cairo, 3:00 p.m. ET] Jubilant chants of "down, down Hosni Mubarak" fill Tahrir Square as protesters anxiously await a scheduled announcement from the Egyptian president. Many in the square have told CNN's Fred Pleitgen they are confident that "tonight is the night" Mubarak will step down. But other sources tell CNN that Mubarak will not step down.

[Update 9:19 p.m. in Cairo, 2:19 p.m. ET] Wael Ghonim, the Egyptian activist credited with helping to organize the initial protest on January 25, tweets that he is heading to Tahrir Square, where thousands have gathered in anticipation of President Hosni Mubarak's scheduled announcement.

[Update 8:43 p.m. in Cairo, 1:43 p.m. ET] President Barack Obama said Thursday the United States supports an "orderly and genuine transition to democracy in Egypt." He said "a moment of transformation" is taking place in Egypt "because the people of Egypt are calling for change."

[Update 8:40 p.m. in Cairo, 1:40 p.m. ET] If Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak turns over power to a military council, the United States will have to determine legal and diplomatic arrangements for working with a new Egyptian military-led government, a senior U.S. official said. The U.S. military does not work with governments that come to power by military coup, and while there is talk Egypt will be led by some type of military consensus arrangement, this still poses challenges for the Pentagon, the official said.

[Update 8:31 p.m. in Cairo, 1:31 p.m. ET] State TV is running a promo showing protesters shaking hands with the military, saying "Egypt is Changing." Such a favorable depiction of protesters is unprecedented, CNN's Tom Fenton says.

[Update 8:03 p.m. in Cairo, 1:03 p.m. ET] The Egyptian information minister denies that President Hosni Mubarak is stepping down, state TV reported.

[Update 7:49 p.m. in Cairo, 12:49 p.m. ET] The number of people killed in Egyptians' protests against President Hosni Mubarak could be two or even three times higher than previously estimated, a human rights activist on the ground warned Thursday. Human Rights Watch has confirmed about 300 deaths, said Hossam Bahgat of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights. But independent researchers have not been able to get information from many places, he said.

[Update 7:31 p.m. in Cairo, 12:24 p.m. ET] President Hosni Mubarak has ended his meeting with Vice President Omar Suleiman and is meeting with Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, Egyptian state TV reports.

Asked about the Egyptian developments, President Obama said, "We're going to have to wait and see what's going on."

[Update 7:24 p.m. in Cairo, 12:24 p.m. ET] The "crowd in Tahrir Square just chanted 'civil, civil, not military!'" CNN's Ivan Watson reported in a Twitter message. That comes amid reports that President Hosni Mubarak may hand over power to the military.

[Update 7:18 p.m. in Cairo, 12:18 p.m. ET] Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is meeting with his Vice President Omar Suleiman, Egyptian state TV reported.

[Update 7:14 p.m. in Cairo, 12:14 p.m. ET] President Hosni Mubarak is expected to step down on Thursday night, yielding power to the military, a senior Egyptian government official told CNN's Jill Dougherty.

[Update 7:08 p.m. in Cairo, 12:08 p.m. ET] The senior Egyptian government official who says President Hosni Mubarak is expected to announce that he will transfer power to the military says it's "not a coup in the traditional sense." But the move would take Egypt's government outside "constitutional authority," the official said. The official added that there was a consensus between the government and the military that a political transition was impossible with Mubarak in power.

[Update 6:58 p.m. in Cairo, 11:58 a.m. ET] CIA Director Leon Panetta said Thursday that he assumes Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will hand over more power to Vice President Omar Suleiman. An orderly transition of power and effective government outreach to political opponents "could have a positive effect" on the broader Middle East, Panetta told members of Congress. Panetta noted that U.S. intelligence officials have analyzed the potential impact of a transfer of power in Egypt on Israeli and regional security.

[Update 6:52 p.m. in Cairo, 11:52 ET] CIA Director Leon Panetta said the loyalty of Egypt's military in the political crisis "is now something we have to pay attention to because it is not always one that will respond to what a dictator may or may not want." He said "there is a strong likelihood that Mubarak may step down this evening."

[Update 6:37 p.m. in Cairo, 11:37 a.m. ET] President Hosni Mubarak will address the nation Thursday night from the presidential headquarters, Egyptian state TV confirms.

[Update 6:31 p.m. in Cairo, 11:31 a.m. ET] No decision has yet been made on the future of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq said, state-run Nile TV reported. Mubarak is still in power, Nile TV quoted Shafiq as saying.

[Update 6:27 p.m. in Cairo, 11:27 a.m. ET] "People in Tahrir Square know exactly that their request has to be achieved not by promises but by action," Houssam Badrawi, the secretary-general of Egypt's ruling National Democratic Party, told CNN.

[Update 6:17 p.m. in Cairo, 11:17 a.m. ET] A senior U.S. official who said Hosni Mubarak has agreed to yield power to Egypt's vice president also said, "We need to see it happen" and "We are told soon is the plan." The source was speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the information.

[Update 6:04 p.m. in Cairo, 11:04 a.m. ET] Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has agreed to yield power to his vice president, a senior U.S. official told CNN's John King, citing contacts within the Egyptian government.

[Update 6 p.m. in Cairo, 11 a.m. ET] There is a strong likelihood that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will step down Thursday night, CIA Director Leon Panetta told Congress.

[Update 5:58 p.m. in Cairo, 10:58 a.m. ET] Cairo's Tahrir Square is packed and the atmosphere is festive amid talk that President Hosni Mubarak may deliver important remarks to the country later on Thursday.

[Update 5:55 p.m. in Cairo, 10:55 a.m. ET] National Intelligence Director James Clapper defended U.S. intelligence operations in Egypt, telling members of Congress that accurate information has been provided, but "specific triggers" for incidents that will cause a regime to fall cannot always be accurately predicted. "We are not clairvoyant," he said.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered condolences to the friends and loved ones of Khairy Ramadan Aly, who went missing on January 28 and has been confirmed dead. Aly was a carpenter for the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.

[Update 5:48 p.m. in Cairo, 10:48 a.m. ET] Wael Ghonim, the Egyptian activist on leave from his job at Google, said, "Mission accomplished. Thanks to all the brave young Egyptians," on Twitter amid signs of possible imminent change in Egypt. Ghonim has been hailed by many fellow protesters as a hero.

[Posted 5:32 p.m. in Cairo, 10:32 a.m. ET] Some of the most senior military officers in Egypt met Thursday to discuss the crisis in that country and plan to meet further to discuss "what can be achieved to preserve the homeland and the gains of the Egyptian people," a spokesman for the Egyptian military said.

The new secretary-general of Egypt's ruling National Democratic Party told CNN he expects President Hosni Mubarak will "take the next steps" after amending the constitution. Asked what the next step would be, Houssam Badrawi said "accommodating the demands of the youth" and the "best interests of the country." Badrawi told CNN that the demands of Egypt's protesters had been met. "They won," he said.

[Earlier developments:]

- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak plans to transfer his powers as commander in chief of the armed forces to the Egyptian army, Al Hurra TV reported. The Arabic language, U.S.-based channel is financed by the U.S. government.

- Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq formed a five-member fact-finding mission to investigate the uprising, state TV reported.

- Vice President Omar Suleiman said in a statement that the demonstrations organized by the 25th of January movement are "a clear sign of our support and respect to democracy," state TV reported. He said he was misquoted in a TV interview that cited him saying Egypt isn't ready for democracy.

- Protesters calling for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's ouster toppled barricades near the Abdeen Palace, a Cairo landmark, on Thursday.

- Thousands of anti-government protesters - mostly lawyers and judges - marched in front of Abdeen Palace in Cairo. The crowd was chanting and waving flags, and pumping fists in the air. Chants included, "My God, my God," and "Down with Hosni Mubarak."

- Civil Aviation activities in Egyptian airports went down by 70% over the past two weeks, a government official said Thursday in a statement posted on a state media website.

- Egypt's Finance Minister Samir Hadwan said the nation will "do its utmost best" to ensure that the Suez Canal remains open. "All precautions are taken to prevent any sabotage from outside to the Suez Canal," Hadwan told CNN's AC360. "The Suez Canal is safe and the Egyptian army - I don't talk on their behalf - but I can assure you it will do whatever is in its power to keep that open."

- Thousands of Egyptian workers went on strike Thursday to demand better compensation and transparency in executive salaries, authorities said. The protests included employees in the petroleum, railway and telecommunication industries. About 2,000 workers are on strike in the petroleum sector, said Hamdi Abdel-Aziz, a spokesman for the petroleum ministry.

- Employees of the National Railway Council called for longer contracts, prompting their leaders to meet with them and pledge to extend their contracts. Workers in the steel industry and the government-owned Suez Canal Port Authority are demanding better salaries as well, state-run al-Ahram newspaper said.

soundoff (688 Responses)
  1. asgardshill

    So what does LiLo think about this?

    February 10, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Say What

    lol.. awesome..

    February 10, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Pat

    I just heard that Mubarak is worth as much as $70Billion. Are you kidding me? Why has the US been giving Mubarak $1.5B a year, for a number of years now, when he is personally worth so much? Stop giving our money away to other countries and take care of our own. Mubarak should have been spending his own $ to take care of Egypt, or has most of our taxpayer $ gone right into Mubarak's pockets?

    February 10, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • 808

      Patty knows!

      February 10, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Limalad

    Unfortunately, the world is witnessing another reminiscence of the Egypt under Pharaoh when God sent Moses to deliver the children of Israel from the bondage of Pharaoh. Could it be possible that Mubarak is the reincarnation of that Pharaoh ?
    Exodus: 6:1 Then the LORD said unto Moses, Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a
    strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land. and the Lord made his heart strong and stubborn so that his end could be rapid and God be glorified. The people of Egypt cried in their distress and look to the living God for freedom from bondage of oppression, abuse, denial of their fundamental human rights and human dignity. Who will be the Moses to tell Pharaoh Mubarak – "Let my people go' The whole world are watching and waiting while the lovers of freedom are praying for Egypt, not to experience bloody revolutions we all witnessed in China, Cuba, Iran, South Africa, Soviet Union and Hitler Germany. Democracy and Freedom shall survive.

    February 10, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Abdullah

    People of Egypt, we feel your pain. We feel your hate. Hosni Mubarak"s defiance and intransigence, despite the demands of the Egyptian people for him to step down and leave the country, leaves the people with only one alternative.

    The Egyptian people must now storm the Egyptian palace and drag Mubarak out of the palace, and if necessary give him his death wish on Egyptian soil. When you capture Mubarak, behead him and throw his head into the Nile River for the crocodiles to eat.

    Otherwise, place Mubarak on a plane to some European capital where he can spend all of the billions of dollars that he and his family members have stolen from the Egyptian Treasury. London and Pairs welcome corrupt disposed dictators.

    People of Egypt, Mubarak has laid down the gauntlet. The battle becomes bloody after Mubarak's speech of defiance. Mubarak just does not get it. The people of Egypt demand that Mubarak step down now and leave the country immediately. Egypt is not big enough for Mubarak and the rest of the Egyptian people who demand that Mubarak go.

    Mubrak cannot kill all of the people of Egypt. Stay organized and as Mubarak and his military mow down 10 thousand of you, another 10 thousand will march toward the palace to remove Mubarak. Organize into 10 gorups of 100 thousand. This is what it will take to remove Mubarak and his military regime. Mubarak and his military supported regime will drip with the blood of the Egyptian people.

    Avoid more bloodshed, Mubarak. Leave now.

    If Mubarak orders his military to mow down 10 thousand of you as you march for freedom, another 10 thousand Egyptians will follow to defend freedom. Stay organized into groups of 100 groups of 10 thousand. One group of 10 thousand replaces another group of 10 thousand, working in shifts. Never leave Tahrir Square empty. It is now or never. The people will win. Mubarak has the blood of Egypt on his hands every day that he remains in power.

    Mubarak get on the next plane and leave Egypt NOW to avoid further bloodshed!

    February 10, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • 808

      no harm must come 2 man or woman

      February 10, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. tobstercon

    Very proud of the Egyptian People, stand strong to your Dreams.

    February 10, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paulie

      Mubarack is right. Its not his fault those protestors died. Its the fault of the muslim brotherhood. They want to topple Egypts government, seize power, and catapult them into war with Israel and the west.

      February 10, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • CW

      Paulie, please provide evidence of your claim, otherwise you're simply a raving idiot spouting lies.

      February 10, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian DC

      I need to pass this along as it states exactly how I feel without me reinventing the wheel

      "I loved the part where Mubarack told "outside" forces to stick it where the sun doesn't shine..Obviously he is referring to Obama and the rest of the World who are sticking their noses in where it doesn't belong..If Governments had kept their mouths shut...he might have left with some dignity...not saying I agree with anything this man has done..but in his own warped mind ...he has given of himself for 60 years for Egypt and its people..sick as that sounds..These people were so built up for days and leading up to the last 7 hours awaiting him to address them and thinking he was stepping down that now it just might turn violent and perhaps a coo with his assassination...just like his predecessor...we can only pray that things will not happen as most fear...the most disturbing thing I've seen on all the Lamestream Media Channels is them pathetically trying to juxtapose Obama to Reagan and the Berlin Wall...well, all you jokers who refer to yourselves as Journalist...guess your Messiah s c r e w e d this one up eh?...He can carry all the books about Reagan that he wants...he can enlist all the Journalist to write as if he is Reagan, Lincoln, Roosevelt or who ever is the flavor of the month...he isn't..he never will be...he's a loser...and if Egypt falls he will be known as Jimmy Carter 2.0 that lost Egypt...
      ps...A recession is when your neighbor loses his job, a depression is when you lose your job and recovery is when Barrack Hussien Obama loses his job. "

      February 10, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Time to die, Hosni. Cutting communications and water to the citizenry were crimes against humanity. You had your chance.

      February 10, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • mottaman

      go egypt......mumbareck please step down!

      February 10, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • muhammed Al-Fawakhiri

      open letter to president Obama:
      Dear Mr. President,
      in defiance of his own people, the Egyptian president ignored the #1 demand of the free people of Egypt, which is the end of his regimen and his dictatorship. After 30 years of emergency law (translation: police state), he is setting his VP to threaten the demonstrators with "doing all they can to guard the security of Egypt".
      He clearly also defied the will of the free world, USA included, that stand by the principles of democracy.
      Do not cut aid to Egypt, just suspend it.
      Please, though, freeze the assets owned personally by Mubarak and his family in the US, and declare their value to the world. the Egyptian president said that the economy is getting tough for ordinary Egyptians due to the demonstrations, let the world know how much he and his family have siphoned and squeezed out of Egypt.
      Please do not stand by while the wall can and should be torn down.
      please do not let the real-politique be more important than founding principles, among the first of is democracy.

      February 10, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      You guys are idiots. This is not like Reagan and the Berlin Wall, when Gorbachev WANTED the Soviet union to break up. This is totally different. Anyway, I'll say this again, for the umpteenth time: All you Reagan lovers out there should know that if he were alive today, he would be labeled a liberal and would not even be nominated to compete for his party's nomination for the presidency. Of course, it's easier for you not to think for yourselves.

      February 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debbie Schaefer

      God is on the side of the Egyptian people. Freedom cannot be repressed. All Americans should embrace what these people are doing for their right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness – those inalienable rights endowed by our Creator. Mubarak will way or the other.

      February 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • JT

      I am not surprised of this recent event. It will probably be to his undoing....

      February 10, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • KingOfEgypt2011

      I agree with you. The Muslim Brotherhood is working quietly to take control of Egypt and turn it into a nation of Islam governed by Islamic law. Don’t be fooled by how nice and patriotic they’re acting now.

      February 10, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joseph

      Is Mubarak for real? I think he is totally senile !

      February 10, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      "Pauli". Please stop talking garbage. Who cares about damp Israel. I am sick and tired of this country with 6M population. Please do NOT talk none send and be another agnet of Mubarak. What do not you get it? Moslem Brotherhood is l;ess than 20% of population and other 80% are just ordinary people. In any case, people of Egypt meaning those 70 million people want peace with Israel and same time they want to see two nations. But issue is not not Israel and I am sick of hearing that country about everything. In this worls there are another 210 countries, we need to think.

      February 10, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cleareye

      But wait! Egypt is in Africa. Sarah Palin told us that Africa is a country by itself, so Egypt is only like a state I guess. Maybe Palin can go there and settle this with her wisdom?

      February 10, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Despite tens of thousands of irate protesters calling for his head, Mubarak remains truculent in his refusal to leave office. What can we now infer about his future plans? That he will do anything to debar the relinquishment of his power? Yes, obviously, but more specificly I believe Mubarak will attempt to replace himself with his son, Gamal, and thus still maintain some degree of power behind the scenes. Now I know this idea has been descredited, but never doubt the absurdity of a stubborn man in a potent position.

      February 10, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian KY

      To "Brian DC":

      What you are apparently unaware of is that while the people shutting up may allow him to "leave with dignity", it will also allow him to continue to rule the country via a puppet. The people should be able to rule themselves democratically, and the people have spoken. This guy needs to go.

      February 10, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Who ever is translating is terrible. He left out words and He also had no idea how to convert alot of what is being Said . Well as the translator said Goot Bye

      February 10, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • pradar

      Vice President Omar Suleiman shows he is not president material and merely Mubaraks puppet. Mubarak just has to resign but as a true dictator he refuses to leave. The people demand you leave, so you have 2 choices leave now or be pushed... The army has been great by showing restraint and should be applauded for this, but when push comes to shovee who will they support the dictator or the people of egypt....

      February 10, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • pradar

      Mubarak you piece of dictatoral trash do you listen or understand – LEAVE NOW. The people dont want you to leave in september, they want you to leave now!!!.
      Its not the world that is demanding you leave it is the people of egypt....

      February 10, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Leonard

    Unfortunately, the world is witnessing another reminiscence of the Egypt under Pharaoh when God sent Moses to deliver the children of Israel from the bondage of Pharaoh. Could it be possible that Mubarak is the reincarnation of that Pharaoh ?
    Exodus: 6:1 Then the LORD said unto Moses, Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a
    strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land. and the Lord made his heart strong and stubborn so that his end could be rapid and God be glorified. The people of Egypt cried in their distress and look to the living God for freedom from bondage of oppression, abuse, denial of their fundamental human rights and human dignity. Who will be the Moses to tell Pharaoh Mubarak – "Let my people go' The whole world are watching and waiting while the lovers of freedom are praying for Egypt, not to experience bloody revolutions we all witnessed in China, Cuba, Iran, South Africa, Soviet Union and Hitler Germany. Democracy and Freedom shall survive.

    February 10, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Frank: 8:1 ...And then vice president Omar Suleiman split the Red Sea...... stfu get out of here, this has nothing to do with religion

      February 10, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • KR

      It was the people of Israel in Egypt that were oppressed by Pharaoh not the people of Egypt

      February 10, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • why

      don't be arrogant. you are no master of any other people. just recall the bloody revolution in the 13 colonies of the Great Britain in north America

      February 10, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • ZACK

      Two THumbs UP to your comment...
      ITs obvious the Tyrant doesnt represent his people since he refuses to listen to the people and step down.
      I am from Egypt i left Cairo Two days before the uprising began. I WISH i could be in Liberation square to be a part of this
      GREAT EXHILARATING REVOLUTION in bringing the current Pharaoh down.

      February 10, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tira

      Mubarak is so arrogant and is not listening to his is the egyptian people that are telling him to leave office now!!!!! not down the road in September. He'd better watch his back....or like he keeps on saying that he will die in Egypt' might come to pass sooner than later. The crowds in Egypt will continue to speak their voice, and I salute them and their cries for democracy!!

      February 10, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cleareye

      No god sent anyone anywhere. Bring yourself into the 21st century.

      And Noah gathered two of every living thing and...etc, etc. Preposterous! Bordering on insanity.

      February 10, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. hfsd`

    Egypt.......Time to "BURN THIS MUTHA DOWN"!!!!!

    February 10, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • mr. rosewater

      we don't need no water, let the motherf***er burn!

      February 10, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
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    February 10, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jon

    So Mubarak still isn't backing down, huh? I'm beginning to think that his ego is really his essential characteristic.

    February 10, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. srichey321

    Basically, there was fire and he just threw some gasoline on it.

    February 10, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ashera

    Father NOT! Mubarak! Old filthy men who became filthy rich on the backs of the people. Just like the Big Corporations who are filthy rich on the backs of people, here. This is just the beginning, the people around the world are taking action. Not only in Egypt; but the New World Revolution ('V'), has arrived!

    February 10, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • agutierrez

      You sound like a jihadist to me who dreams to re-establish Caliphate. The world must prepare to fight your power!!

      February 10, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ProperVillain

    Did anyone really expect a power hungry dictator that has been rigging elections for 30 years to just step down? He has never cared about the will of the people, why should he start now? The only way he will begin to care is when the doors of his palace are smashed in by the protesters entering his home....

    February 10, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ZACK

    Its obvious this Tyrant does not represent the Egyptian people ..
    The Egyptian People dont want him but yet he stays in power.
    They should pull him out of His palace by his TIE..
    And drag him to the world court..
    Dont try him in Egypt because he bought everyone out Egypt

    February 10, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. LK2

    Yes, violence is the answer! That will solve the problem every time.

    He's not stepping down, so the Egyptians need to accept that, and move on. Why not let the man run his course? From my understanding, if he leaves now, there's no one to "run" Egypt. I find that hard to believe, but that's what Mubarak claims anyway.

    I just don't get why people resort to violence/war/hate/killing to solve things.

    February 10, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      They aren't accepting anything less than him stepping down because they're worried that if they give him until September to finish out his term, he's going to find some way to weasel out of this and stay in power.

      February 10, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • deuce

      When the people say it's time to go, it's time to freaking go. If he truly wanted a peaceful resolution, he should have left office. Now he has no one to blame but himself for what happens...

      February 10, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephanie

      Right, Jon. I think he is wanting the time until September so he can pull together his goons and thugs to take care of people objecting to his not leaving as he said he would.

      February 10, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      if they stop now that means he wins and stays in power
      plus how could u like to live like that u sure wouldn't be here chanting to ppl

      February 10, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skarphace

      You are right; violence should be a last resort. But if Mubarak refuses to step down regardless of the pressure from the Egyptian people or the military, the last resort might be the only resort. I hope it doesn't come to that, but it looks more and more like it will.

      February 10, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me100K

      They are just resorting to violence. They are defending their right to freedom that has been ignored by the one who is supposed to be working for them. The President isn't our boss we are his boss he stays in power only if we want him to. I am a mother of 3 children and I would be right along side those in Egypt because they have the right to protest this. And yes I do believe it will come to more violence, they have tried to get rid of him before, they have been patient and waited for change. Eventually you stop waiting and start doing something about it. I would think after how hard we fought for our freedom and our rights here in America we would be the first to understand what the people are doing in Egypt.

      February 10, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
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