Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Laura Bush, Expert on Global Democracy?

Brian Snyder/Reuters

(First lady Laura Bush sits down with students at the Om El Kora School in Alexandria, Egypt May 24, 2005. The first lady stepped into Egyptian politics on the side of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Monday, commending his initiative in changing the constitution and saying political reform must happen slowly.)

Egyptian opposition rejects Laura Bush comments

By Jonathan Wright

CAIRO (Reuters) - Opponents of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak objected on Tuesday to U.S. First Lady Laura Bush's support for Mubarak's approach to political reform, and several said she did not know what she was talking about.

"What she said is really frustrating for most opposition forces in Egypt," said Gameela Ismail, wife of opposition leader Ayman Nour and a spokeswoman for his Ghad (Tomorrow) Party.

"She seems not to know enough about Egypt. I'm really amazed," Ismail told Reuters outside a downtown cinema where police and men in plain clothes dispersed a small protest against Wednesday's referendum on the Egyptian constitution.


Just because you visited the fucking Pyramids of Giza doesn't make you a specialist. Stick to what you know, dear -- smoking 3 packs a day and popping Xanax, instead of pissing off even MORE people in the Middle East.