February 12th, 2011
09:00 AM ET

Letters to the President: #754 'So now what?'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: President Obama played a role in helping end the rule of Egypt’s President Mubarak. The question is: What comes next? I mean…other than another letter from me.

Dear Mr. President,

So the deal is finally done in Egypt. President Mubarak is finished. The protesters are thrilled, and the populace must be breathing a sigh of relief over the standoff finally ending.

And for a great many folks there must now be a sense that they have arrived at their goal.
I’m not so sure about that. It’s kind of like tearing down an old, derelict building that is riddled with rot, a leaky roof, and infested with vermin. There is, of course, a sense of accomplishment when the final sledgehammer blow sends the last post splintering to the ground.