Today was a very difficult day. A day full of swinging emotions, of euphoria, dread, hope, disappointment, pride, regret, joy and cheer. All the positive feelings for what is happening now, all the negative about what our poor Egypt had suffered previously.
Today our democratically elected President was sworn in and took office. Today is the beginning of the Second Republic of Egypt. Today is the beginning of a long, hard road to glory. Today is the day when we give rein to our imaginations, to our dreams and hopes for the future.
Egypt, in all its glory, its dignity, richness, it’s beauty, culture, civilization, it’s joy, music and sunshine, Egypt is back. The Egypt which we thought was lost forever to the dark ages, our beloved Egypt that was being torn apart, sold to the highest bidder, prostituted by a gang of terrorists. Our beautiful kidnapped Egypt, which was rescued by its Knight in shining armor from the teeth of the dragon. Today, the rescued maiden bestowed her hand, her heart, put her trust in, her Knight, her rescuer. Today she pledged her allegiance, her love, her support, yet asserted her right to protest whatever she doesn’t like, but with love and trust.
Today Egypt’s knight in shining armor, Field Marshall Abdel Fattah Al Sisi has been sworn in as the first truly, honestly, democratically, lovingly elected President. Being the intuitive man that he is, he knew exactly what the people thirsted for. The people have been so disgusted by the behavior of the MB representative at the Presidency, what was really needed was a return to the dignity and grandure which was previously lacking. So the people were given the pomp and circumstance that would satisfy them and make up for all they have been missing.
The Presidential palaces were given a quick facelift. The people were pleasantly surprised by seeing the palaces, which had been contaminated by the behavior of the previous occupant and his family and his cronies, cleaned out, refurbished, repainted and returned to their previous beauty and elegance. All the beautiful antiques that were consigned to storage during Morsi’s rule, were brought out, cleaned and reinstated in the rightful places again. The palaces came back into their own.
The flowers came out, the red carpet was rolled out, the uniforms impeccable and the instruments of the brass band shining. The flags flying high, fluttering in the cool breeze, in bright sunshine, the stream of shining black limousines carrying the dignitaries to all the functions.
At the impressive building of the Supreme Court, a building that vies with any of the ancient Egyptian temples, the scene was set. The flags flying, the red carpet in place, the guards waiting at attention for the arrival of Egypt’s new President.
All the Supreme Court Justices, in their formal robes, trooped in and took their pre-assigned seats. All the dignitaries were already seated. Now the Interim President enters, then followed by the elected President. The ceremony began and flowed very smoothly to the moment of the swearing in. A very impressive oath, where a phrase was added, ensuring not only the security of the land, but also it’s unity.
The arial photography of Cairo, the Nile and the different palaces brought out all the beauty for which Egypt is famous. The pride of Egyptians in the beauty of their country is unmatched. The feeling of gratitude at getting Egypt back made it difficult for Egyptians to hold back their tears. Our Egypt is finally coming back.
The scene changes to the Itihadeya Palace, as the dignitaries and their delegations start arriving to meet and congratulate the new President. This was the headquarters of the MB President, and was left in a very poor state indeed. A huge number of workers in every field were let loose indoors and out to bring the palace back to its original cleanliness and beauty. When the televised arrival of the dignitaries was aired, a collective sigh of relief and satisfaction was heard all over Egypt. With all eyes glued to the screens, Egyptians started getting excited, started to feel a lifting of the spirits, and once the music started in earnest, the tears flowed. Egypt was coming back.
All eyes followed the new President’s ceremonial inspection of the guards, the brass band playing and the 21 gun salute firing away. He then went into the palace and was greeted by the ex Interim President, stood at the head of the long, long line of dignitaries that he greeted one by one. When all the guests were greeted, everybody went into the hall where a new ceremony was devised to, hopefully be a precedent.
The outgoing President signs off relinquishing his powers as President, to the new, elected incoming President, who also signs receipt. All these ceremonies somewhat quenched the thirst Egyptians had for such impressive rituals throughout the past three years. A quietude, a peacefulness, a strong feeling of satisfaction and pride took over. Egyptians, with tears in their eyes and hope in their hearts, welcomed their beloved Egypt back.
The evening festivities will be to let out the pent up feelings of excitement, the Egyptians’ love of the arts, music and dancing. The love of dressing up and trooping to a beautiful setting to spend one of Cairo’s beautiful evenings, celebrating.
A day that will go down in the history of Egypt, when Egyptians, in face of insurmountable odds, and despite being fought viciously, internally and externally, have won back their beloved country.
Long live Egypt.
8 June 2014