The Accidental President

In his negatively unique oratory style, Morsi doesn’t shine. He speaks like an Imam at the Friday prayers. His pauses, his stresses and his language are reminders of his background. He is a man of the Muslim Brotherhood all over, but he is no politician. Morsi fails spectacularly as a public figure. He simply doesn’t fit the part. His speech is often erratic, mixing spoken Arabic with formal and classic. One sentence he sticks strictly to the grammatical nuances, and the next he’s off in a uniquely Egyptian line. The president is rather comic to watch. He doesn’t cut the figure for a statesman. He just doesn’t

Even in his actions, his statesmanship fails him. He tried to play the role of the president ofallEgyptians, then he spoke to his supporters in front of the presidential palace, while protestors chanted his downfall in Tahrir square. He spoke of national dialogue, then issued a decree giving himself unlimited powers and immunity from judicial oversight.

Morsi goes as far as to flat out lie. In a speech at the Upper House of Parliament, he said, in translation, “those speaking of Egypt’s supposed bankruptcy are the bankrupt ones.” It didn’t make that much sense, but he said it any way. Unfortunately, it was a lie. For months Morsi has been visiting Gulf countries to attract seek loans to shore up the Egyptian economy, and there is the pending IMF loan that Egypt is taking hardline steps of reform to get it. Further, the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) issued statement detailing Egypt’s foreign currency reserves, showing that in fact they are at a critical state, and the country is indeed heading for bankruptcy, by some accounts, by the end of March if the IMF’s loan is not approved.

This president, then, isn’t very adept at figuring out what to say when to address a crowd. But some say that he is a mere puppet for the Brotherhood’s ruling body. If so, then we have come upon very incompetent puppet masters. They failed to get the right puppet, the puppet’s actions are erratic, inconsistent and hesitant.


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