April 2nd, 2011
09:00 AM ET

Letters to the President #803: "Egypt in turmoil, the sequel'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: Protesters are taking to the streets of Cairo again. And I’m writing to the White House again. Seems like old times.

Dear Mr. President,

Maybe it’s just me, but I’m having trouble keeping up with all the revolutions. Now we have protesters back in Tahrir Square, apparently unsatisfied with the results of their previous revolution that cast out Hosni Mubarak. Or maybe this is a continuation of the previous revolution. I’m not sure precisely how one defines such things.

What I am sure of is this: Demanding change is one thing; deciding what you want from that change is another matter altogether.

People run into this problem all the time on a much smaller scale. (Smaller, in that most folks don’t have revolutions inside their houses. Uh…unless they have teenagers.) They rip apart their kitchens to remodel, then rip each other apart over whether they should go with the green or blue tile. They dump an old, lumpy sofa, only to spend months sitting on the floor to watch TV because they can’t settle the “sectional versus traditional” battle.

People even bail out of jobs in desk-tipping, paper-throwing, dramatic “I can’t take this anymore!” moments, and then realize over coming months that all jobs come with some unpleasantness. That’s why we call them jobs. If they were always fun, we’d call them pogo sticks.

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