Rather than update yesterday’s post, I thought I’d pop up a fresh one.
Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman took to the cameras and made a quick statement, saying Hosni Mubarak had stepped down and handed off power to the military.
Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak resigned as president and handed control to the military on Friday, bowing down after a historic 18-day wave of pro-democracy demonstrations by hundreds of thousands. … ‘In these grave circumstances that the country is passing through, President Hosni Mubarak has decided to leave his position as president of the republic,” a grim-looking Suleiman said. “He has mandated the Armed Forces Supreme Council to run the state. God is our protector and succor.”
A Democratic official said in an e-mail that this is “great news for the admin/president – people will remember – despite some fumbles yesterday – that the President played an excellent hand, walked the right line and that his statement last night was potentially decisive in brining this issue to a close. The situation remains complicated and delicate going forward – but this is a huge affirmation of the President’s leadership on the international stage.”
Prudent observers, rabid Obama supporters notwithstanding, might note that it’s way too early to be claiming victory here.
Let’s hope for the best. Let’s prepare for the worst.
Unfortunately, to expect that from the Obama administration is to believe in fairy dust and unicorns.