Sadat Stories #1

This Story is a first hand account told by the protagonist himself, who at the time was a lowly soldier in the egyptian army. Right after the 1952 Revolution, the Revolutionary Board was the new royalty in the country, and the country acted as such. So when the Eid came around, the army loaded a truck of the finest sheep it could find and tagged each and every one of them for a member of the revolutionary Board, and put them all on a big truck, and gave the guy who told this story the mission of passing by the houses of the revolutionaries one by one and hand them each their designated sheep.

So the first stop was at Gamal Abdel Nasser's house, where the guy knocked on the door and was greeted by a servant, to which he informed that he is an army soldier there on a sheep delivery assignment. Nasser comes out wearing his robe de chambre , greets the soldiers, doesn't even glance at the sheep, takes it, and gives each of the soldiers money (Eid stipend) and wishes them a Happy Eid.  The soldiers leave, and by coincidence, the next stop was that of Anwar Al Sadat.

Unlike Nasser, Sadat lived in an apartment on a top floor, so when the soldier arrived downstairs, he had to deal with security, who wouldn't just let him in with a sheep. Sadat gets informed of the commotion, so he looks out of his window and sees the truck and the sheep. He tells the people to wait for him and that he is coming down immedietly, and puts on his Galabeyah and abayah (he didn't wear pajamas) and came downstairs. He saw his  sheep, and then looked at the truck, climbed it and started feeling the meat on each of the other sheeps, until he chose one he liked, which was designated for another revolutionary officer, Salah Salem and told the soldiers that he wanted that sheep instead of the one sent to him.

The Soldier naturally protested, feeling his own ass on the line there, and told Sadat that it can not be done. Sadat looked at him back and said: "Can not be done? Why not? Let me show you how it can be done!", and removed the Name Tag on the sheep he wanted and replaced it with the name tag on the sheep that was originally designated to him. "There, see? No Problem. There is nothing that can not be done!", Sadat said smiling, as he took his sheep into his building.

The Storyteller emphasizes that this story shows the fundamental difference between Nasser and Sadat! 

Comments

  1. Egyptian in Germany says:

    Hi SM,
    Interesting story. As a Sadat fan and one who lived under both Nasser and Sadat in power, I would trade any day during Sadat’s time to the terrible dictatorship of the other. Sadat was smart. If anyone spoke against the regime, he would have his balls cut off.
    By the way, in the US, there is something called ”pork barrel’ politics and it goes into millions of dollars spent into mostly stupid pet projects. So a sheep is better of than squandering so much money into local nonsense like some lawmakers do in DC.
    Egyptian in Germany

  2. John Cunningham says:

    I know I am not alone in saying this but the assassination of Sadat and the attempted assassination of the Pope and the assassination of Kennedy were events that rip away a part of you. How could they do something like that to those people?

    On a lighter note, Egyptian in Germany, pork barrel. To those in the Congressional district that receives the pork it’s deserved, to those not in that district it’s not. Everyone is happy if their Congressman brings home the pork. Interesting way of dividing up the money. But, if one looks objectively at most of the projects whether they’re yours or not, they are worthwhile and add to the quality of life in that district. You have to be a wheeler and dealer to keep having your people keep sending you back to Washington.

  3. Egyptian in Germany says:

    Hi John,

    OK I agree with you if look at port barrel like that. Things get to average out for the good. Just a little less pork and more sheep could be interesting :) )
    Egyptian in Germany