Far from the speech of resignation expected by the protesters, Mubarak instead handed some of his powers to Vice President Omar Suleiman, and remained the de facto leader of Egypt.
"As the speech, which began just before 11 p.m., wore on, the muttering began. 'Donkey,' someone said. When it ended, and it was clear that their hopes had been dashed, the protesters’ angry chants echoed throughout the square.
I would have stronger words than "Donkey." Luckily, I have my own blog and you can read my foul mouth below.
"People gathered in groups, near the tent cities demonstrators had set up days ago, trying to figure out what had just happened.
"Some said the president’s speech was intended to divide the protesters, by peeling off those who thought he had gone far enough. Others said the speech was typical of the president they had come to detest after 30 years of authoritarian rule. 'He is stubborn, and he doesn’t want to be brought to account,' said Yasmin Fawzi, 24. 'If he doesn’t step down, these people won’t leave.'"
Okay, this dude can't really be serious. I mean, for fuck's sake-- the Egyptian Army has dedicated itself to making sure the transition is peaceful, you've got a successor, take your goddamn billions, move to Paris (notice how political exiles always move to Paris?), and shut the hell up!