“Sisi-mania is not just a smoke screen”
Sisi-mania is not just a smoke screen. People are mad about him! Part of it is induced by army propaganda, but it has succeeded - people are voluntarily putting up posters of him in their shops. And near my house, there is a store that sells chocolates with his face printed on them. The latest segment on Sisi by Bassem Youssef [an Egyptian TV humorist] is no exaggeration… [Editor’s Note: This segment showed Youssef ordering half a kilo of cupcakes with Sisi’s face on them. The cake vendor insinuates that he must not love Sisi very much, so he ends up buying all the cupcakes].He is seen by many as a savior figure because he rid the people of the Muslim Brotherhood. And he possesses a lot of the charisma and oratory skills that have long been absent from our politicians. However, I don’t think a good speech is an alternative to bread and justice.
“This is a normal reaction from the people after the mess and chaos of the Muslim Brotherhood’s rule”
Sisi truly is everywhere, from rural areas to upscale neighborhoods. Not only is his face on posters and merchandise, but a song that was made to thank him and the army has now become a popular ringtone.To me, this is is a normal reaction from the people after the mess and chaos of the Muslim Brotherhood’s rule. I cannot be sure of the true motives that made Sisi topple Morsi, but I owe him a big ‘thank you’.Besides intervening at the right time to save us from Morsi, Sisi has a decent way of speaking, with a warm voice. He reminds people of Colonel Nasser, and this brings him much, much closer than Morsi was to the Egyptian people’s image of a real ruler. I think he is growing ever more popular, and I’m certain that if he runs for president, he will win!
“Businesses associated with the Muslim Brotherhood have put up Sisi posters to protect themselves”
What is interesting is that you can also find photos of Sisi in places that are known to be pro-Muslim Brotherhood… For example, I saw a poster of him in an El Tawheed & El Nour supermarket. [Muslim Brotherhood opponents have accused this supermarket, as well as many other stores in Cairo, of being run by members of the Muslim Brotherhood. Some of them even encircled one of the supermarket chain’s locations in late July, but were stopped by security forces]. The employees there likely put up the poster because they are afraid of being attacked again!