He’s leaving, he’s staying — no, he’s leaving

Feb 11, 2011, 9:09 AM | Updated: Mar 28, 2011, 3:48 pm

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Dave Ross Commentary – Listen: He’s leaving, he’s staying — no, he’s leaving

What a strange revolution it has been. Millions waiting to hear the president resign only to hear him say…

“I will not separate from the soil, until I’m buried underneath.”

What? You’re staying — you’re going to stay and become an organic farmer? What are you saying?

As a reporter for al Jazeera so perceptively put it:

“Tonight’s comments are a bit disappointing.”

It was so bad, Iraq offered free plane tickets and $250 cash to Iraqis who want to leave Egypt and come back home where things are more stable.

But then — as the crowds grew and spread to the Presidential Palace — there was (what do we call it here?) a clarification:

“Muhammad Hosni Mubarak has decided to waive the office of the President of the Republic.”

And suddenly just like that — it’s a happy ending. Not just happy – exuberant. Here’s correspondent Vicki Barker:

“I’ve truly, as a journalist, never really seen anything like the unity that was being expressed in that square. Members of the Muslim Brotherhood saying that they wanted to live in a democratic Egypt where Christians, Muslims, secular people, would all have an equal voice.”

Israel will no longer be the only democracy in the Middle East.

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He’s leaving, he’s staying — no, he’s leaving