AC360 was live for two hours and devoted full coverage to Egypt's continuing story.
Tonight's headlines included:
-LARGEST PROTEST YET EXPECTED FRIDAY, Crowds outraged Mubarak did not step down
-PROTESTERS GATHER NEAR PRESIDENTIAL PALACE, Also outside State Run television
-"NEXT STAGE FULL OF FOREBODING" Prof. Ajami on Egypt Uprising
Good evening, everyone, 5:00 a.m. in Cairo Friday morning, a new day, but an old dictator still clings to power. The Mubarak regime would have you believe that he's transferred nearly almost all his power to his vice president. Now, that may be true, but as these protesters in Liberation Square will tell you, his vice president is cut from the same hard stone as Mubarak. And Mubarak himself refuses to step down. At this hour, a dictator and his regime have made clear they do not intend to give up real power. And what has also been made clear is that the peaceful protesters are not willing to give up the small square of freedom they have bought with their blood, the small square of freedom that too many have already died for and others still may -- 5:00 a.m. in Cairo, and the battle lines are clear. ... It is 5:00 a.m. Friday, a day off in the Arab world. In the next few hours, we could see the biggest protests yet. Late tonight, the White House weighed in, issuing a statement from President Obama, a direct rebuttal to the lies being spread by Mubarak and Suleiman. "Too many Egyptians," the president said, "remain unconvinced that the government is serious about a genuine transition to democracy. The Egyptian government must put forward a credible, and unequivocal concrete path toward genuine democracy, and they have not yet seized that opportunity." ~ Anderson Cooper
The 360 Team pulled in several guests tonight to discuss the various aspects of the day's events and what it means going forward.
"We talk about, in this country, words like freedom and liberty. We toss them around in conversation lightly because we have aways experienced them. These are new words being shouted by people in Egypt. People who have never really felt or even been able to live those words."~ Anderson Cooper
Anderson really liked the way Fouad Ajami described Mubarak's VP Suleiman, "A man of the catacombs thrust into the light," and described it as "an extraordinary phrase." And 360 ended with a look back over the last 24 hours and final thoughts from Prof. Ajami
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