An Egyptian anti-government demonstrator holds a baby, wearing a hat bearing the words "Leave", as thousands gather in Tahrir Square, the center of anti-government demonstrations, in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011. A sense of normalcy began to return to the capital of some 18 million people, which has been largely closed since chaos erupted shortly after the protests began on Jan. 25. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
San Diegans may be thousands of miles away from Tahrir Square but you wouldn't know it by the reaction to news Friday that Egypt's Hosni Mubarak resigned as president and handed control to the military after 29 years in power.
As Brian Stelter, NY Times digital correspondent, posted, “ The revolution was televised, tweeted, Facebooked, YouTubed, and Xeroxed.”
Proof of that can be found in comments made by San Diegans who are just as invested in the actions taken over the last 18 days as those living in the heart of Cairo.
Local foodie Caron Golden posted, “Watching history unfold. Is there anything more profound than a people freeing itself?”
Golden also said somewhere Martin Luther King, Jr. is smiling.
“Now the hard work begins,” she added.
“Getting chills watching the scenes from there,” said local mom Caroline Foster. “So happy for them but still praying for their future.”
Alex Roth, who works for San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, wasn’t so swept up by the excitement.
“People are kidding themselves if they believe the outcome of Mubarak's departure will be a "truly free Egypt," he posted via Twitter.