Granny Votes for Mubarak!
By Monirah Aly El-Ghayati & Hoda Nassef
We went to see Mother the other day with all our grown children and grandchildren! We wanted to see if she had any political views about our voting, or whom she preferred for the next President of Egypt. Her smart grandson mentioned that there were nine other nominees.
She quickly and without hesitating a moment, retorted: “I never hear of them before!”
One week later, after President Hosni Mubarak was elected, he then sworn in two days later, on the 27th of September 2005, and we all gleefully went back to Granny:
“Mabrouk!” she said, with a huge smile.
Then she added:
“Hosni Mubarak won the elections, and we're all the winners. The nation recognises his achievements, and gave him respect, love and gratitude he richly deserves. We felt all along that he cares about us, shares our problems, our frustrations and hopes for a better future. He's one of us. He’s a man of few words, but many deeds; all for ensuring a brighter tomorrow for our children and their children.
It's not only to kiss babies as all presidents do! Those kisses are promises he gives for their future. He is a man of his word and will do his best to keep it. He won the heart and mind of us all. And the nation was keen to show him that we also were one mind in a unanimous vote for his re-election.
Bless him and long life for him and all of us. And as we know, beside every great man, there is a great woman. Discreet in her many endeavours, welfare; protecting down-trodden women and abused children.
We are lucky to have at our helm such a couple to guide us through storms and high water. When I compare them with many other heads of state, we're lucky! And the recent elections have proved that people can't be fooled. The rose-coloured glasses can deceive you for a while. But watch out when you remove them! The world will appear in all it's ghastly colours!” Granny concluded, still smiling….