Obama's best statement, like ever...
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Obama's best statement, like ever...
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Last updated: October 24, 2014

The best thing Obama ever said about the Arab uprisings

Banner Icon In an interview published in The New Yorker, the former US ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, describes how Obama reacted to the popular protests in Egypt 2011: ”What I want is for this to happen quickly and the Google guy to become President,” Obama said.

Apparently the US President was hoping, perhaps jokingly, that ”the Google guy” – meaning leading Egyptian activist Wael Ghonim, who had a background as a Google executive – would guide the country through its democratic transition. But Obama also said, all according to McFaul, “What I think is that this will be a long-drawn-out process.”

Well, we can certainly agree that Mr. President was correct in his latter statement. However, it’s definitely worth recalling – in times like these – his initial response to the so-called Egypt Crisis; namely that “the Google guy” might become president one day.

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