Obama's Second Term
|Russell Grayson||July 5th 2013|
Cutting Edge Correspondent
An abundance of coverage during recent days drew us into Egypt with a 24-hour cable-news eye. If you indulged the instant intimacies of social media images and words, it's clear that we weren't getting the whole picture from "vintage" sources in print and network news. While captivated by the height of the tsunami of public opinion that was virulently anti-Morsi, "vintage" news ignored another wave: the huge wave of anti-Obamaism.
Dozens of signs were borne through the crowds, hung upon buildings, trees, lightpoles. They were written in English, in Arabic, and in both. Their message is clear: President Obama and U.S. Ambassador, Ann Patterson, are not at all popular with the June 30 crowd.
From simple pictures of Obama or Patterson with the now-familiar red-circle-around-and-slash-through painted in disgust, to elaborate narratives that were clearly beyond the drafters' limited English usage...the message was the same: Obama and Patterson support terror, they support the Muslim Brotherhood, they are the enemy.
One other thing that most of the signs and slogans are clear about, moreover, is that their enmity toward President Obama is not one that they extend to the American people. A few writers made it clear that they "love" the American people. Nevertheless it's clear that Obama's cozying up to Morsi and the Brotherhood has bankrupted his reputation with the Egyptians who matter--the ones that the Army was listening to the other day. Their distaste for Ambassador Patterson was clear enough that both "The New York Times," and "The Economic Times of India" dubbed her the "symbol of young Egyptians' mistrust of America."
Russell Grayson is a former attorney and faculty member at Rutgers University Graduate School of Management, and serves as a correspondent and editor with The Cutting Edge.