February 10th, 2011
09:54 PM ET

Mubarak Defies Rumors, Not Stepping Down: Join the Live Chat

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The biggest protest yet could take place in Cairo Friday after President Mubarak defied rumors and didn't not step down. Instead he "delegated powers" to the his vice president. We'll have the latest developments from Egypt and tonight's other headlines.

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  1. Carolyn

    Oh yes, Anderson... the eyes of the world remain on Egypt... the Revolution continues... Prayers for the people of Egypt!!

    February 10, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  2. Ingrid

    Mubarak – egoic consciousness at its' worst.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  3. Jo Ann, Ohio

    I think Mubarak and Suleiman are going to try the divide and conquer approach on the demonstrators, but I think the Egyptian people are too savvy for that.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  4. Heleni

    Mike from syracuse: Mubarak is playing all of us for a fool.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  5. Kenya

    Wow that's outrageous!

    February 10, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  6. manubada

    Fouad Ajami is so enlightened and has a crisp pulse of the Egyptian situation. Great description if Omar Suleiman.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  7. nancyinoregon

    I don't know, Emily. Not only WILL the International Community do anything, but would they be wanted? And if so, how and in what arenas would the IC work? Would it be honorably motivated or would some just see a chance to exploit? I'm leery about 'helpers' sometimes.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  8. Anne D

    I agree; I don't think Mubarak will listen to President Obama especially if he has other leaders on his side.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  9. Nina

    Mubarak believing he is an Aristocrat and the only class that could run Egypt

    February 10, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  10. Alyssa

    All we can do now is pray, the cut is too deep- How could Obama be so positive about miracles occurring when were dealing with a legitimate real life situation? Optimism alone is not going to change this, honestly, what will? What could anyone possibly do to even cause a bit of positive reform? Even if Mubarak did step down, Egypt would need so much assistance, and we would be the first to step in. Is that good, or bad to even get involved? I really don't know. thoughts?

    February 10, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  11. Lindsey (Canada)

    What they need is not someone Mubarak will appoint, but a free and fair election. That is at the root of democracy. Who, at this point, trusts a tyrant's judgement?

    February 10, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  12. Nalini

    I seriously believe that Prof. Ajami knows the Egyptian people more than most. If Mubarrak and Suleman are of the same mould, why are some thinking that Suleman can make a difference? He rules in the same way.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  13. Bassim Hilmi

    Dear AC you are doing a great job something very different from a US media business this is the 1st. time people of the ME see it, but to be honest you should remember that it was USA who created and supported all these brutal dictators Mubark and the rest of the killers thugs of the ME, its moral responsibility of USA to correct what they did for a long and many years

    February 10, 2011 at 10:26 pm |

    thanks anderson for going back and talk about the core problem ; MUBARAK .
    please never worry about moslem brothers. the scary story the regime was scaring the west with.
    your coverage and all your team efforts from day one has been helping egypt too much to promote the truth to the american people.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  15. Cessy - Chicago

    history in Egypt in the making...

    Anderson and crew. Thanks for the coverage!

    February 10, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  16. Jana, Georgia

    Hi Megan, I didn't get to hear the speech today, so I am a little behind on what went on.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  17. Emily

    Is the International Community going to do anything now to help the Egyptians set up a democracy?

    February 10, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  18. carlos

    Time to start watching the money disappear – Mubarak and friends have not sufficiently stuffed their wallets, pockets and bags. Once the there's nothing left to carry, they'll leave.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  19. daniel Lee

    People of Egypt-

    We love and support you.

    wishing you all to be safe and that no more blood is shed.

    God protect them and give them a future with peace and hope.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  20. Emily

    It's very "Kafkaesque"!
    That's a great way to describe it, Prof. Ajami.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  21. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    Anderson, you're right. The V.P. and Mubarak are two pea's in a pot. They think the same, can't work with the people of Egypt. They need somebody who don't have any contact with Mubarak what-so-ever!

    February 10, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  22. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Sounds like Mubarak played Obama pretty good.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  23. lisal -canada

    a man of the catacombs thrust into the light - perhaps the dead and the blood spilled there were saying "get out get out" as well

    February 10, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  24. Nina

    Aristocrats wanting to run their country with the belief that only they can be in this position looking down their noses at the common person. Just so typical of many countries

    February 10, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  25. Jo Ann, Ohio

    I noticed that although Obama supported Suleiman, he did not mention him in the statement he released today. I wonder who they will choose to support now.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  26. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    My prediction is that the Army will take over and install one of their own as Mubarak 2.0.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  27. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    They were fooled by president Mubarak, or military as well, I agree your question..... Good point. Hi Jana! 🙂

    February 10, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  28. Ken Slade

    Parallels between the revolution in Egypt and the American Revolution: Facebook and twitter are the Committees of Correspondence. The tyrant tried to silence them. Egyptian protester said, "Give me liberty or give me death."

    Protestors are near the President's Palace. Will a nervous palace guard fire upon a crowd of angry protestors? Will this be Egypt's "Boston Massacre?"

    February 10, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  29. Maha

    Down through a tunnel under the palace and all the way to a private airstrip to private jets that took him and his family to various locations long before that speech even aired.

    Alyssa, the VP is not his puppet. The only thing we've all been saying since that speech is: Same butcher, different name!!

    February 10, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  30. Jana, Georgia

    This is all so confusing. So who is in charge, Mubarak,Suleiman or the army.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  31. Nina

    I was wondering what was lost in translation. Thank you for clarifying that....

    February 10, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  32. Jo Ann, Ohio

    @Emily, "I noticed that Mubarak spoke much about himself & his son.
    Suleiman seemed to be talking down to the protesters as children; telling them to go home, now. (I think he said)."

    I agree and Suleiman tried to blame "the stations and the satellites" for the unrest.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  33. Sue R. Canton MI.

    I think that Mubarak and his regime are provoking the protesters hoping that they will turn to violence. I hope and pray that the protesters will remain peaceful and that the army doesn't turn on them.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  34. Adele

    Thank you Anderson

    Everything is so dangerous and frightening , its impossible not to feel real compassionate for the people of EGYPT

    February 10, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  35. Sharon Hastings

    I agree that he was patronizing and defiant in his speech. I don't think he is stupid at all but I think he has made a grave error because of his arrogance.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  36. Kathy from Vancouver

    Yes, Emily. Probably more nefarious plans. Hey. The whole world got punked. I am wondering if there could be differing positions within the military itself.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  37. nancyinoregon

    Good evening, people. I'm late in arriving tonight. Eva hajaj, I can hear some of what you are saying. We, when young people, often have little to compare our world with. We have no real, first-hand experience of 'history'. I think it's a natural part of being young. There are wonderful, energetic aspects to youth, and there is a lack of larger perspective. It goes with the territory. It's true, though, that there isn't a lot of obvious thought about 'what next'. After M. goes, then what? Who? How? Paradise will not automatically follow, as older people often know the hard way.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  38. Emily

    @Sharon Hastings
    "But, the military leaders, generals, are Mubarak's people I think."
    That's true, however, I don't think that their headquarters are located at State TV, are they? (The Military).

    February 10, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  39. Cessy - Chicago

    I find it hard to believe that Mubarak will listen to Pres. Obama. This is a dictator who's been in power for over 30 years...

    February 10, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  40. M Salah

    Obama need to state that we are on the side of freedom and protestor , it is not hard for him to say this simple word, especially after his team forecast the speech wrong.
    This youth, old and between surprise me to stay peaceful , Mubarak looking for reason to kill,
    John how many time he will come on TV to deceive and how many time we will ask him to do so

    February 10, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  41. tom atema

    What are other western presidents saying to And aboiut EGypt. Why is it all about the USA president thinks?

    February 10, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  42. Jude, Rohnert Pk, Ca

    Good Evening to All,

    I've watched the news all day, so frustrating and sad. I'm so thankful for Anderson. I watched Fox earlier to see what they were reporting and all they talked about was radical takeover coming soon. It made me furious.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  43. Nina

    John King. Good narrative. Everyone was enraged at Mubarak's speech

    February 10, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  44. Dan in California

    If he stays or if he goes is, it seems to me, a distinction without a difference.
    If his puppet VP carries out the same policies, as he has been well trained over the years to do, what does it matter whether Mubarack is in Cairo or Paris or the North Pole?
    If the strings are sufficiently strong, they can be pulled from anywhere.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  45. Al

    We think that Mubarak has many of the same characteristics as Sudaam Hussein. He does not care about the Egyptian people. Anderson Cooper does a tremendous job covering this story. As our president stated, this is history unfolding before our eyes. Mubarak is defying everything - he will probably be killed.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  46. Maha

    Emily, yes it is. Two faces of the same coin will always side with each other.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  47. Cessy - Chicago

    even if Mubarak leaves, Egypt will still have along way... with Mubarak taking with him all the money.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  48. Carolyn

    Yes, Anderson, fear has been defeated and there is no turing back... brilliantly stated!!

    February 10, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  49. cicly

    the "big picture" has to be kept for the corrupt politics and policies of the world.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  50. Rasha

    Anderson, It is thought that Mubarak would never step down, for as long as he is the President, no banks could freeze his accounts. Stepping down or leaving Egypt makes him lose his right to access his money in banks abroad. More of a reason to have him clinge to power for personal gains..!!
    BTW, your opening summary to ac360 was amazing.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
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