There’s a lot of fascinating material in this Times article about the gargantuan protests this weekend in Egypt. But I think the most riveting may be the way the reporters capture how caught off guard President Morsi and his advisors were by the scale of the demonstrations. They are neither clearly accommodating or fully defiant. But at least from his spokesman seem almost literally at a loss for words ….
Mr. Morsi’s administration appeared caught by surprise. “There are protests; this is a reality,” Omar Amer, a spokesman for the president, said at a midnight news conference. “We don’t underestimate the scale of the protests, and we don’t underestimate the scale of the demands.” He said the administration was open to discussing any demands consistent with the Constitution, but he also seemed exasperated, sputtering questions back at the journalists. “Do you have a better idea? Do you have an initiative?” he asked. “Suggest a solution and we’re willing to consider it seriously.”