Wednesday, February 02, 2011
it is better to stay quiet and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt" should be something along the lines of "it is better to not demand Mubarak surrender power immediately and be thought of as impotent than to do so, have him refuse to go along and thus reveal to the entire world that you are indeed impotent".
Seriously, does Obama (as voiced through Gibbs) think Mubarak is going to head off into the sunset because Obama called on him to do so?
Or does Obama think that someone else, having heard Obama's statement, and who otherwise wouldn't have done so, is going to forcibly remove Mubarak from power?
Does Obama think that if Mubarak does, for whatever reason, decides to take off now, that the opposition is going to give Obama brownie points for having taken such a reportedly strong position?