I do not think that Omar Soliman spoke in an interview before whether in Egypt or in any other country in the world , he was our sphinx who only spoke few words in the Israeli press when he used to go there. Today he spoke in his first televised recorded interview ever to the national Egyptian TV. The interview came in a very critical time , real critical historical time.
You can watch the interview below after the break “In Arabic”
The first impression you get from the interview that Soliman is just an extension to Mubarak , in fact you will wonder how this man is believed to lead the transitional period in Egypt.
The same defiance and arrogance of Mubarak regime are reflected in his words with the old talk of conspiracies , agendas , foreign elements roaming in the country , saboteurs and our earthly father Mubarak !! He defended the MOI , he put the blame on everybody except the regime including that unfriendly channel following friendly country aka Al Jazeera.
Most if not all people I know offline and online do like his interview and were very disappointed , the people of Al Tahrir are now insisting to down Mubarak and Soliman more than ever. People were always fascinated by his character , he had this strange charisma despite he never talked before to the people of Egypt but when he opened his mouth people were shocked. It is like the charisma or the attraction of a thing we ignored covered in mysterious . “well to be honest I found him more charismatic than Gamal Mubarak.”
People have started creating jokes about his agendas online already. “You must love our sense of humor”
Soliman’s body language in the interview shows a worried man who is lying , he did not have a direct eye contact with the interviewer nor with the camera. Still we should not judge on his body language in this interview or any public appearance. This man was trained to conceal his feelings throughout his life and even to fake facial expression to deceive the people so we can’t be sure from his body language.
The second impression when you hear and watch this interview is that you are watching a real acting president not a vice president , the man is speaking by all confidence using “We though, we did , we will…etc. “
The idea of having him the real acting president behind the shadow at the current time makes me wonder if he hinted to this when he said “ we fulfilled all the demands of the protests” and “Neither President Mubarak nor his son are going to run for presidency” especially he did not mention the Gamal Mubarak by name in surprising way. Another thing was interesting in his interview when he spoke about the fatherly figure of Mubarak and our Egyptian culture “provoked many including me” , he spoke about Mubarak as if he were not a president but rather a n old man whom we should have mercy on.
Omar Soliman is a negotiator and before that an intelligence officer , he knows what words and phrases to use to send direct and indirect messages and honestly when I think about it again , how can the most successful spy chief in MENA asks the criminals to come back please to the prisons !! ?? How can he come on TV in his first public interview ever and speaks about how Mubarak is our father ?? Seriously I am worried about national security now more than ever !!