Despite the anticipated ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak today, Mubarak said in a televised speech that he will not step down before his country’s September elections. He did, however, hand over some of his power to his vice president, Omar Suleiman, who later called on protesters to “go home” and to “unite and look to the future.”
Mubarak’s decision to remain Egypt’s head of state was met by protesters chanting “Leave!” and waving their shoes in contempt. I fear the situation in Egypt is about to get worse.
It is with that thought in mind that I am calling for CNN to step up and offer Mubarak an on-air gig. It was reported last month that CNN is considering replacing Kathleen Parker as co-host of its evening program “Parker Spitzer.” Replace her with Mubarak. He can co-host with fellow deposed leader Eliot Spitzer, the former New York governor who resigned in March 2008 following revelations of his involvement with prostitutes. Naturally, the revamped program would be called “Mubarak Spitzer.”
No one would watch such a show, you say? That’s OK because “Parker Spitzer” never had a significant audience. CNN may not get the ratings it wants in that time slot, but at least the network could claim to have played a hand in changing the world for the better.
Of course, that’s assuming Mubarak will be replaced by a leader who is better for the Egyptian people. At this point, however, somebody needs to replace Mubarak before the situation in Egypt gets ugly.