Monday, May 15, 2006

Jimmy pays a secret visit to the white house

I came accross this article on Google news. I couldn't find the referenced article on al-Jazeera so it might be bogus. Anyways it seems that the current regime is willing to do all what it takes to ensure a smooth transition to Jimmy. Mubarak knows that he is after all mortal and wants to ensure that the kingdom remain in his blood line. Whether that will happen remains to be seen, but one thing I am certain of is that our next transition will be an "interesting" one. So far I dislike all of the available options, so we're in for a rough ride for the next 10-20 years.


Blogger Economistawy said...

The news are not bogus. I saw al-Jazeera prodcasting this live myself. Yesterday MAy 15, 2006, one of al-Jazeera's reporters reporting on a different story saw Gamal gettining into the white house, and later on she confirmed that he went into the old executive building where the vice president's office is, she also confirmed that he met the vice-president among other offecials and that he met Bush for a short burst of time (a shake hand or so).

Now, it is even in the Washington Post I guess. I heard that from a friend. It is also on al-Jazeera's websit, if you go now, you will find it on their home page.



5:58 AM  
Blogger SeattlePharaoh said...

Yes, the al-Jazeera story is here:

Jimmy you brown noser :-)

3:40 PM  
Blogger Utrechty said...

Dear SeattlePharaoh,

I don't think that Gammal needs to make his visit "secret" but if he want he could have kept it as REAL secret that people like us or any media would have heard of it. I do share with you that non of the current "so called candidates" for Prisendancy is good enough for Egypt! In such situation, Gammal may be a better option! What do you think?

2:38 AM  
Blogger FUBAR said...

well .. too much blogging urged it to be public .. it's on Al Ahram Newspaper this morning .

8:51 AM  
Blogger SeattlePharaoh said...

It's an argument that pops up all the time. Would you prefer Jimmy or the Brotherhood. Quite a dilema eh! The regime perfected that argument. It first fed it to the elite and business community in Egypt, who for the most part do not want an Islamic government. Neither do I obviously. They've also pitched the same argument to the West. So it might appear that he is a great option because he is the only option. We have a massive political void that they are taking advantage of. Whether he succeeds his father or not, I think he will fail. He's already hated.

3:06 PM  
Blogger Utrechty said...

Let's be practical . . Gamal is the only reasonable candidate. The other options would be the Brotherhood or an army general. If e7'wan took over it would be the biggest mistake ever in the Egyptian history! If one general jump to the Presidency seat, I expect a war between generals (like any African countries). Ya gama3a our country is very crucial in the region. We can't afford trail and error when it comes to Egypt. Whether we like it or not, Gamal is young, well educated, well connected, Western oriented and most of all he is smart! I do prefer him to succeed his father as a transitional period. Hoping that we will have better democracy that may produce other candidates for the future election. Finally, check this news line:

12:50 PM  
Blogger SeattlePharaoh said...

Do you really think that it will be a "transitional period"? If he succeeds his father he will cling to power like all our presidents have done so far. All options are bad because we have a huge political vacuum.

6:49 AM  

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