The mess in Egypt is one of those headaches when no matter how many Air Force One joy rides that come with the job it really is no fun being president.
As Egypt divides both sides are mad at us and we look hapless to the rest of the world. A far cry from the heady days in 2009 when a single speech in Cairo had so many thinking President Obama was uniquely suited to change the world.
Obama’s dilemma? Call the ouster of Egypt’s democratically elected leader a coup and you piss off the coup leaders. Don’t call it a coup and you piss off the other side. Do neither and everyone’s angry. And that’s where we are.
Like most places the folks in the center of this equation get lost — the reasonable Egyptians who aren’t fond of the military junta or the Muslim Brotherhood. But who speaks for them? Here’s a thought: Why not Obama? Go for it dude — it’s what you were basically saying way back when in that Cairo speech:
I believe that America holds within her the truth that regardless of race, religion, or station in life, all of us share common aspirations – to live in peace and security; to get an education and to work with dignity; to love our families, our communities, and our God. These things we share. This is the hope of all humanity. — President Barack Obama (June 4, 2009)