msnbc | December 01, 2012
>>> new demonstrations in cairo supporting egypt 's morsi. counter the anti-morsi protests. at issue, granting himself wide-ranging presidential powers. bring in an egyptian-american journalist who has worked extensively in the middle east and currently based here in new york. good afternoon to you. first of all, let's start what part or parts of the president decree are egyptians most concerned with?
>> egyptians are most concerned with the fact that president morsi removed most checks and powers against him that could stand up against him and he basically dissolved the judiciary and basically gave himself more powers than jose mubarak had during his 30 years in power.
>> based on what we knew about mohamed morsi, how m
>> well, you know the concern all along was that the muslim brotherhood were in this to grab power. basically mohammed morsi has lived down to the worst of the expectations. at the end of the day , as you said in your run up to this. this is about egypt and freedom. we have a revolution that continues for freedom and dignity. we did not have this revolution so that we could create a new dictator and this is why people are opposing what morsi did.
>> morsi gave an interview to "time" magazine this week. an exclusive interview and this is just an excerpt from it. what i can see now is the egyptians are free. it's their right to express and to raise their voices and express their feelings and attitudes. but it's my responsibility, i see things more than they do. what does that even mean?
>> so heavily invested in this revolution and loves this revolution , i find his words incredibly insulting to the revolution and its spirit of removing, basically, his daddy figure. morsi is basically saying i'm your daddy and what egypt has been saying since we started this election, we don't need a daddy, we need a president.
>> how do you think this will play out in your country?
>> i'm incredibly optimistic, craig. someone has compared the revolution to teaching someone who has not learned how to read or write. egypt will be free whether it's a muslim brotherhood president or christian president. regardless of who is our president, we will be free because this is what our revolution is about.
>> i commented on your hair and i said, wow, i love the fact that your hair matches your top and you dropped a bombshell on me. i think you should share with our viewers the story behind the hair.
>> well, last year in november doing pivotal between the revolutionaries and the police egypt riot police broke both my arms and sexually assaulted me. once my bones healed i would dye my hair red and get a tattoo on both arms and celebrate survival and we will be here pink hair, red hair , whatever hair, we will be free.
>> i certainly hope you come back and continue to provide some insight for us. so enjoyed having you. i know you're back to cairo in a couple weeks, safe travels.