Egypt Supporters at the White House – First Package for Backpack Journalism! Woohoo!

UPDATE: The slightly reedited version of my first package (taking into account classmates feedback) is below. The original one I turned in for class is still here. The one below isn’t the best quality video, the combination of youtube with my laptop did not seem to be ok with uploading a 1 gb vid. Harumph.

Egyptian-Americans and their supporters in the D.C. area came to the White House on Sunday to urge the Obama administration to take a firmer stance for democracy in Egypt.

Some criticized the government for what they have seen as a slow response to popular demand for President Hosni Mubarak to step down.

Sec. of State Hillary Clinton, on the Sunday morning news shows said that the U.S. has been urging Mubarak to “take certain steps” for the 30 years he’s been in power.

“We have been very clear that we want to see a transition to democracy,” Clinton said on Fox News Sunday, adding the caveat that “we also want to see an orderly transition.”

This emphasis on stability is what has many Egyptians who came out to protest feeling impatient.

Sherouk Ezzelden, 17, accompanied her mother, who is Egyptian and several younger sisters to the rally. They have family in Cairo and who want free elections “as soon as possible,” said Sherouk.

“They just want …to have their voice heard.”


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