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Posted at 4:45 PM ET, 02/10/2011

Mubarak tells Egypt, 'I'm not going -- yet'

By Jonathan Capehart

After waiting all day for the momentous event of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's resignation speech, I am astounded by what he actually said. I took to Twitter to express my disbelief.

#Egypt Pres. Mubarak channels Effie White of Dream Girls: "And I am tellin' you, I'm not goin' -- until September, like I said last week."

Anger now ripples through Tahrir Square. And the subsequent -- and equally patronizing -- speech by Vice President Omar Suleiman, in which he told those demanding reform and greater freedom to "go back to your homes, go back to your jobs" and to turn off satellite television, will do nothing to mollify the crowd. This is not what the Egyptian people wanted. And what they want has been clear since Jan. 25: the immediate resignation of Mubarak, who has ruled the world's largest Arab nation since 1981.

The protesters were already planning a big march for Friday. Today's disappointing events might ensure that tomorrow's demonstrations will be unlike anyone in the Middle East has ever seen.

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 10, 2011; 4:45 PM ET
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Comments

This would not have happened if they had not negotiated it and agreed.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | February 10, 2011 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Did Mubarak only or Obama too fooled US?
Did only Mubarak fool his army and masses and the world audience or Obama too who was sure in his speech that Mubarak is leaving and the history is being made in Egypt. If like us all; Obama also felt that Mubarak has fooled every one in his speech, America must take some forceful measures to remove Mubarak form Egypt and handover him to the Hague Court for crimes against humanity charges. He has killed several opposition leaders and many Egyptians who have opposed his regime. This dictator should not make mockery of our prestige and reputation. Is some other powerful nation is behind him, who is giving him full support to stand-up to Obama?

Posted by: citysoilverizonnet | February 10, 2011 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Pull the plug on all Egypt funding NOW.

And let them try to run their underfunded "government" without THAT cheese.

Posted by: WillSeattle | February 10, 2011 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Right! Pull the funding right now! While it might not help the protesters, it'll at least take the U.S. off the hook for preventing people from getting a decent chance at making a living.

Posted by: Fergie303 | February 10, 2011 7:10 PM | Report abuse

The line has been drawn. The protesters must now turn to force. There will be blood in the streets. President Obama, and this country, must choose sides. We must choose liberation. We must side with the protesters.

Posted by: syfredrick | February 11, 2011 5:05 AM | Report abuse

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