Nightly News | February 10, 2011
BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: As promised, let's go back to Cairo , our chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel ; try to get our arms around this day we've just witnessed, still going on there with thousands on the streets. Richard , we start out, you're reporting, we're reporting, White House believes, other news organizations believe Hosni Mubarak is leaving. He goes on national television, says -- using a very kind of some said patronizing, paternal tone, says, 'I'm staying.' We get a phone call tonight from the ambassador saying, 'Yeah, but he's given all his powers to the vice president, don't worry about that.' What do we make of all this?
RICHARD ENGEL reporting: Well, President Mubarak is not playing by the same script as all of his advisers in this country, and he is clearly trying to make this concession, what he believes is a major concession, to step aside and assume a more symbolic role. Now we're hearing the demonstrators calling for the army to intervene, calling for the army to take a clearer position on their behalf and effectively carry out a coup and appoint a new government. That is what the protesters are going to try to call for tomorrow, and to show their strength in numbers, Brian .
WILLIAMS: This day started out, we had comparisons on the air to the Berlin Wall coming down, to New Year's Eve in Times Square . Having just stood where you're standing, I know behind you, before you get to the Nile River , there's a path along which protesters come and go to their neighborhoods all day. I assume they're walking home tonight before tomorrow. What's the chant we're overhearing tonight?
ENGEL: You can hear them right now. They are saying 'The army and the people, hand in hand.' And that is the message they want to convey, that the army must intervene to no longer defend President Mubarak but to side with the people. And they want to show that they truly have the majority tomorrow.
WILLIAMS: All right. And we'll be back at our coverage tomorrow. Richard Engel , our thanks for your reporting all day from