The Worst Speech Ever

It's hard to exaggerate how bad Hosni Mubarak's speech was for Egypt. It is virtually impossible to conceive of a more poorly conceived or executed one.

It's hard to exaggerate how bad Hosni Mubarak's speech was for Egypt. In the extended runup to his remarks, every sign indicated that he planned to announce his resignation: the military's announcement that it had taken control, the shift in state television coverage, a steady stream of leaks about the speech. With the whole world watching, Mubarak instead offered a meandering, confused speech promising vague Constitutional changes and defiance of foreign pressure. He offered a vaguely worded delegation of power to Vice President Omar Suleiman, long after everyone in Egypt had stopped listening. It is virtually impossible to conceive of a more poorly conceived or executed speech.

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