Mubarak tells Egypt, 'I'm not going -- yet'
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.
| February 10, 2011; 4:45 PM ET
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