The People Rose in Cairo

  • Aired:  06/21/12
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Reports of Hosni Mubarak's death prove false, and the Egyptian military dissolves the country's elected parliament. (5:19)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK TO THE SHOW.

IN A FEW MINUTES, BASSEM YOUSSEF WILL BE JOINING US.

HE A VERY, VERY SHARP, FUNNY OBSERVER OF EGYPTIAN POLITICS BUT WE THOUGHT, BOY, BEFORE HE

COMES OUT, MAYBE WE SHOULD DO A QUICK REVIEW OF WHAT'S BEEN GOING ON-- NOT THAT AMERICANS

REPORT UP ON IT.

WE'RE UP ON IT.

WE'VE-- UP ON IT.

( LAUGHTER ) SO HERE'S WHAT'S GOING ON.

HOSNI MUBARAK, WAS EGYPT'S LEADER, U.S.-BACKED LEADER FOR 30 YEARS.

HE WAS IMMENSELY POPULAR AMONGST HIS PEOPLE, TYPICALLY WINNING ELECTIONS BETWEEN 98% AND 127%

OF THE VOTES.

( LAUGHTER ) IN ANY GIVEN ELECTION.

HE WAS SO BELOVED SO POPULAR,

LAST WINTER HIS PEOPLE DEMANDED HE TAKE A WELL-DESERVED RETIREMENT.

( LAUGHTER ) LEST THEY GROW TO LOVE HIM.

THEY JUST DIDN'T WANT TO SMOTHER HIM.

SO WHERE IS HE NOW?

>> THE BIG STORY HERE TODAY IS BREAKING, A REPORT THAT FORMER EGYPTIAN HOSNI MUBARAK IS

CLINICALLY DEAD.

( LAUGHTER )

>> Jon: THE NEWS NOW OFFICIAL, 11:15 P.M., EASTERN STANDARD TIME, HOSNI MUBARAK--

SORRY, WE'RE GETTING AN UPDATE.

>> THE FORMER EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT HOSNI MUBARAK IS NOW REPORTEDLY IN A COMA.

>> Jon: OKAY, HE WAS DEAD,

BUT NOW HE'S IN A COMA.

WAIT, HOW CAN YOU TELL?

WHENEVER YOU SEE HIM HE'S JUST ON A BED WEARING SUN GLASSES?

( LAUGHTER ) MAYBE HE DIED WEEKS AGO AND THE

EGYPTIAN MILITARY IS PULLING A "WEEKEND AT HOSNI'S" THING.

YOU NEVER REALLY KNOW.

HAUGH LAUGH ( APPLAUSE ).

>> Jon: WAIT.

WHY WOULD THEY SAY MUBARAK WAS DEAD AND THEN SAY HE WAS IN A COMMA?

WHY WOULD THEY LIE ABOUT IT?

>> MAYBE SOMETHING HAPPENED SO HE COULD BE PULLED OUT OF THAT PRISON AND SENT BACK TO THE

MILITARY HOSPITAL WHERE HE HAD BEEN FOR A NUMBER OF MONTHS UP UNTIL HIS TRIAL WHERE THE

CONDITIONS ARE MUCH BETTER.

>> Jon: AAAH.

SO THIS IS ALL JUST A BIG CON TO GET MUBARAK A NICER HOSPITAL ROOM.

OH, WHAT'S WRONG, HOSNI?

SEMIPRIVATE NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU?

YOUR CAN ROOMMATE TOOY?

I DON'T THINK SO!

( LAUGHTER ) NO, I KNOW A LOT ABOUT EGYPT.

MUMMIES ARE APPARENTLY EVERYWHERE.

ONE WAY OR ANOTHER, THE TIME OF DICTATORSHIP AND EGYPT DONE.

HERE'S THE NEW REALITY--

>> EGYPTIANS TURNED OUT IN HUGE NUMBERS TODAY TO VOTE IN PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS STARTING

TODAY, THE FIRST SINCE HOSNI MUBARAK WAS TOPPLED LAST FEBRUARY.

>> I GOTTA TELL YOU, WATCHING PEOPLE GET THEIR FIRST TASTE OF FREEDOM NEVER GETS OLD.

>> ISLAMIST PARTIES HAVE WON A MAJORITY OF SEATS IN THE FIRST

ROUND OF EGYPT'S PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS, THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD PARTYARCHS PEERS TO

BE ONE OF THE MAJOR WINNERS.

>> THEY ARE VEHEMENTLY ANTI-ISRAELI, THEY'RE NOT PRO-AMERICAN.

>> Jon: WHAT IS WITH THE ANTI--AMERICAN STUFF?

WHAT DID WE DO TO THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD EXCEPT SUPPORT A DICTATOR WHO OPPRESSED THEM FOR

30 YEARS MAY OR MAY NOT BE A RAY-BAN WEARING CORPSE.

EGYPT HELD ELECTIONS ANY THE COUNTRY CAN MOVE FORWARD.

>> THE MILITARY DISSOLVED THE FIRST FREELY ELECT THE PARLIAMENT.

>> Jon: WE'RE BACKWARDS.

BACKWARDS IS NICE, TOO.

AT LEAST THE PRESIDENTIAL RUNOFF ELECTION WENT OVER THE WEEKEND,

RIGHT, FREE AND FAIR, CLEAR WINNER?

>> UNOFFICIAL RESULTS SHOW THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD WILL BECOME THE NEXT PRESIDENT.

>> THE EGYPT ELECTION COMMITTEE SAID IT WILL NOT ANNOUNCE THE RUNOFF WINNER TOMORROW AT ALL.

IT HAS TO REVIEW HUNDREDS OF COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE VOTING.

( LAUGHTER )

>> Jon: YOU'RE NOT GOING TO ANNOUNCE THE WINNER OF THE ELECTION BECAUSE IN A COUNTRY OF

83 MILLION PEOPLE, YOU GOT...

HUNDREDS OF COMPLAINTS.

( LAUGHTER ) YOU'RE NEW TO THE DEMOCRACY THING.

I GET THAT.

HUNDREDS OF COMPLAINTS?

YOU KNOW WHAT THAT'S CALLED IN FLORIDA?

( LAUGHTER ) THE BEST, MOST EFFICIENT

ELECTION IN THE HISTORY OF FLORIDA.

( APPLAUSE ) WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

( CHEERING ) TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN!

YOU GET MORE COMPLAINTS A NIGHT IN BOCA RATON AT AN OLIVE GARDEN.

( LAUGHTER ) "THE SALAD BAR PLATES ARE VERY SMALL.

I KEEP GOING BACK AND FORTH." ( LAUGHTER )

WAIT, THIS WOULDN'T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THAT THING THE MILITARY DID, THE DISSOLVING

DISSOLVING OF THE PARLIAMENT,

WOULD IT?

>> THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE HAVE GATHERED OPPOSING WHAT THEY SEE AS A MILITARY CUE.

>> THE MILITARY GOVERNMENT,

THEY'RE AFRAID OF A MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD PRESIDENT.

>> Jon: JUST LIKE ITS AILING EX-LEADER EGYPTIAN DEMOCRACY IS EITHER DEAD, IN A

COMA OR TRYING TO GET A BETTER ROOM.

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