‘there’s always demagoguery to wage and paranoia to fuel’

David Corn (Politics Daily): It’s been thrilling to watch millions of people rise up and call for free expression and democracy in Egypt. The collective courage of the demonstrators has been inspiring……but on Planet Beck and in other conservative quarters, the Egyptian revolution, sadly, has become just another vehicle for Obama-bashing.

Since the start of this uprising, President Obama has handled the matter well, demonstrating prudence while still adhering to principles. He has walked a fine line. The president inherited a three-decade-long relationship with Hosni Mubarak, which on several fronts worked to the United States’ advantage….

The possible consequences of Obama throwing Mubarak under the bus at the get-go were stark …. yet Obama could not risk being on the wrong side of this popular rebellion –  Nor did he want to be. So he praised the protesters and acknowledged that their gripes were important and fully legitimate – and he warned Mubarak and the military not to harm them. At the same time he nudged Mubarak toward fundamental change.

In public, Obama and his aides were firm without being fiery. They responsibly concocted careful phrases … behind the scenes, Obama officials were leaning on Mubarak to develop an exit strategy. Shortly after Mubarak announced on Tuesday night that he would not run for “reelection” in the September election … Obama declared that “an orderly transition” in Egypt “must begin now.” In other words, Mubarak’s statement was not good enough.

The Egyptian crisis is far from over; Obama and his team can hardly be fully judged. But to date, they have represented the United States well. In fact, Republican leaders in Congress have not been complaining. Yet the Obama Hate Machine has seized on the Egyptian uprising as another opportunity to slam the president….…it never takes a vacation. But its eager exploitation of the uprising in Egypt cheapens the stirring images of those brave Egyptian citizens seeking democracy and the right of free expression. This is no surprise. There’s always demagoguery to wage and paranoia to fuel.

Full article here

Egyptian anti-government protesters gathered in Tahrir (Liberation) square, watch a screen showing U.S. President Barack Obama live on a TV broadcast from Washington DC, speaking about the situation in Egypt, Feb. 2

8 Responses to “‘there’s always demagoguery to wage and paranoia to fuel’”

  1. February 2, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Excellent article. Thanks, Chip.

  2. 2 Sonjia Duncan
    February 2, 2011 at 10:18 am

    It seems that what I call the evil ones are active here and in Egypt. Our President has been very supportive of the people of Egypt and now the pro Mubarak forces are going to provoke the peaceful protest to violence. They will set loose their forces on the innocents to be beaten back. We saw this before in Iran and in other countries including our country. Now we know why the internet was restored, they need to call their goons to counter the anti Mubarak demonstrators.

  3. 3 Fred
    February 2, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Once again David Corn in on the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

  4. 4 Theo67
    February 2, 2011 at 11:47 am

    I love the picture of all the people peacefully watching President Obama speak to them last night. I’m glad they were able to hear his words of solidarity and support.

    • 5 Asher in Boston
      February 2, 2011 at 12:04 pm

      Me too. Soo peaceful and attentive in in those volatile conditions. They know that Potus feels for them.

    • 6 Sue in Minnesota
      February 2, 2011 at 12:09 pm

      I do as well, pictures are so revealing. I also respect David Corn, one of a handful of journalists/pundits that I do, even when I disagree with his opinions. I especially appreciated this article, reasonable and responsible.

  5. 7 Dorothy Rissman
    February 2, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    I want to say, what happened to David Corn? He has consistently been snarky about the president. Every time he went on msnbc, he raked the president over the coals. Perhaps he drank some happy juice, or I guess he could be stoned.

    • 8 Dorothy Rissman
      February 2, 2011 at 1:29 pm

      Oh Chipsticks, thank for this. I love the photos. You do provide us with the most wonderful imagery.

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