#Jan25 #Egypt Speeches Compared; #Mubarak, #AhmedShafik, #OmarSoliman, and #Ghonim
Date posted: February 8, 2011
My experience in public relations, public speaking, training, and teaching has played a key role in my acceptance, or rejection, of the speeches, interviews, and press conferences by the former spokesman of the NDP, Safwat El Sheif, President Mubarak, Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik, Vice President Omar Soliman, and Egyptian citizen, Wael Ghonim.
I will start with Safwat El Sherif's speech!
How can I put my feelings in words?
Let me start by describing his facial expressions; rigid, flat, and detached.
The tone of his voice was arrogant, smug, and monotonous.
His actual words were insulting, misleading, and loaded with lies. He dismissed the validity of the demands of the protesters. He went as far as belittling their attemtps to speak up. He referred to them as a minority and that they will not force their demands on the majority!
He tried to sound strong and confident but he only came across as stupid!
As for President Mubarak's speech!
You can find my commentary HERE
I just want to add that his broken record of foreign hands adding fuel to the fire, of the conspiracy theory, and of spreading lies never sounded more ridiculous!
He, and his corrupt regime, are behind the violence, chaos, vandalism, the death of more than 300 Egyptian, and the injury of thousands. He kept repeating the words "stability", "peace", and "calm" to signify stagnation, oppression, and a status quo of corruption.
Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik tried to play the role of the "good cop". People were angry after government thugs marched down Tahrir Square on horsebacks and camels killing and injuring many of the peaceful protesters. Pro-Mubarak thugs demonstrated with knives and arms.
In his press conference, he tried to sit on the fence between the righteous demands of the protesters and the regime's instructions!
He sounded like a man trying to say "I am good; give me a chance; I do not know anything about the thugs"
His words about the president had the usual patriarchal overtones; the President, the father, the leader, the old man, and the one who spent years in the servitude of this country! He played on the chords of respecting the elder and the Egyptian traditions of blind obedience to those in power. He also seemed to misunderstand the whole "Egypt's image" concept altogether; he thinks that the protesters toppling the president damages our image internationally when the protests showed the whole world the inner strength and dignity of the resilient Egyptian.
He blamed the lack of security and chaos on the protesters and he condemned those who are calling for the downfall of the regime and the president. His 3 statements are: We didn't know, criminals will be tried, and Mubarak is the president
The worst speech ever was of Vice President Omar Soliman. His experience in espionage and state intelligence empowered him! His facial muscles do not move; his eyes, cheeks, jaws, forehead do not move when he speaks. His zombie-like head that seemed detached from his shoulders and the rest of his body, the death-like look in his eyes, the assertiveness of the tone of his voice, and his contradictory speech put a damper on my enthusiasm and optimism. He is a master at the slap & tickle technique. His responses were contradictory, ambiguous, and staged. When he finished his speech, I was scared, defeated, and hopeless. He literally threatened the protesters after claiming that their demands were legitimate. He kept repeating the word "agenda" and "foreign hands" many times; he just refused to believe that those people out there are self-driven and self-motivated. He accused them of grand treason! He called them deluded and misguided!
His strength is mind games and breaking people down! He will collect us like dragonflies and fry us for appetizers
None of the above speakers paid their condolences and respect to the families to the martyrs who lost their lives in their quest for freedom and democracy. None of them had enough sincerity or spontaneity to leave any sort of impact on the audience. None of them did what Wael Ghonim did!
Quoting Global Post,
And here is his interview and a Facebook page calling for Wael Ghonim to represent January 25th protesters