SEATTLE -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's speech Thursday was watched closely by Egyptians in the Seattle area. One group's emotions turned from joy to anger as they watched.
The owner of Shawarma King restaurant says there was a celebratory feeling in the morning, but that quickly changed during the lunch hour.
It is really historical, said Ghada Ellithy.
She sat down at the Shawarma King restaurant to watch Egyptian TV during her lunch break. She was both happy and anxious.
It's not over until it's over. I want to know what he's going to say, said Ellithy, carrying a news photo of her mother and brother taking part in the protests.
It's honor to be a part, to take part in this revolution, she said.
For them, it was supposed to be a day of celebration, until Mubarak spoke.
He's saying he's not stepping down, said Ellithy.
Tears of joy among those watching in the restaurant quickly dried up, giving way to stunned silence.
It's really sad, said restaurant owner Mostafa Aly.
Then, tears of anger.
No one wants him. Just step down, just go! But he doesn't understand, He's not getting it. He doesn't get it, said Ellithy.
When they changed channels to American TV, they saw the instant unrest from the streets of Cairo. A phone call from a friend in the middle of it all told them even more.
They're very, very, very mad after his speech now. And it's really, really making people more and more mad. Now they want to go to his house to burn it.That's it, they don't want him, said Aly.
He deserves what he's going to get, he deserves what he's going to get. He's just a stubborn dictator, said Ellithy.
Everyone we spoke Thursday expects a giant rally on Friday, larger than anything seen so far. Some even said it may take a dramatic revolution to bring about change.