White House chief of staff William Daley told reporters that Washington had no warning of today's events, which came as a surprise after President Barack Obama's "cordial" phone call with Mubarak yesterday, NBC News' Andrea Mitchell reports.Let's think about this for a minute. Mubarak goes to the airwaves and announces that he's willing to leave at the end of his term. The protesters say no, you need to leave now.
So let's say you're Hosni Mubarak, a member in full of the He-Man Despot Club. What would you do? Unleash the hounds, of course. And the White House is surprised by this? Really?