In the absence of any real announcements during Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi’s speech on Thursday; observers and commentators on social media kept an eye on the president’s finger!
Mursi’s spontaneous “finger-licking” as he turned the pages of his speech was the center of many jokes and sarcastic comments on Twitter.
“Apparently the presidential speech was finger-licking good #morsi #egypt,” read a tweet by Eman Wafik.
“What do you expect from a president that licks his finger LIVE before flipping a page? #Morsi,” said Maisoon Fawzy in another tweet.
“I bet that #Morsi waters his finger while browsing the I-pad,” said another Egyptian twitterati.
“Nothing is as professional as licking your finger to turn a page on air #Morsi,” tweeted Rola Tarek.
“[He] desperately needed a wet sponge #Morsi ..The dude can't stop licking his finger,” read another tweet by Shahi Ibrahim.
Mursi’s address on Thursday night came two days after opposition protesters marched towards the presidential palace rejecting a recent move by the president to expand his powers.
Thursday’s address had put Mursi in a one-to-one comparison with ousted president Hosni Mubarak, who failed to calm down protesters with his speeches during the Jan. 25th revolution.
“It would've been nice if #Morsi had refrained from using those #Mubarak-speak sentences drawn from #ArabTyrantManual. #Egypt #MB #Fulul,” said Rana Kabbani on her Twitter account.
“What do you call a #mubarak with beard? #morsi,” read another tweet by Kaveh Gharib.
Another tweep wrote: “Whoever told him (Mursi) that he has the same speech-delivery charisma as (former Egyptian president Gamal) Abdel Nasser really played him.”
“How To Spot A Dictator: 'The people who are against me are foreign agents. It's a conspiracy' #Mubarak #Gaddafi #Assad ... and now #Morsi,” tweeted Thomas R. Hart.
Not only in terms of style were Mursi and Mubarak grabbing media’s attention, both presidents have incidents of committing acts that do not match the presidential etiquette protocol. Mubarak for instance was seen picking his nose during a live-broadcast of one of his trails in 2011.
Mursi was also highly criticized a few months earlier when he was spotted by Australia’s Channel 10 program, the Project, adjusting his private parts while seated next to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.