The news came without warning Thursday: reports that Egypt’s president Hosni Mubarak would step down, giving in to the demands of protesters who have called for change after decades of Mubarak’s rule. On MSNBC, Rachel Maddow watched the flag-waving crowds gathered in Tahrir Square–crowds anticipating a speech by Mubarak announcing the end of his rule–and commented on the history unfolding live: “To see this kind of exuberance and joy…when you look at it sort of glass half full, it’s a Berlin Wall kind of moment,” she said. These are images we never thought we’d see in our lifetime.”
Maddow, like other observers, noted the undercurrent of concern in the jubilant crowds–that uncertaintly over what happens next brings a degree of “danger” to the potential change in leadership. “It is a dangerous moment, it is a beautiful moment, but the world will never be the same,” Maddow said.
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