Cairo Diary: Inside a Trip to the Middle East

10 p.m. Cairo/3 p.m. NYC:

Grabbing some grub with the crew. You share a lot of intense situations in the news business. and there can be a real bond among a team of journalists -- at least that has been my experience.

Happy about Greer and then very good sit down with Gamal Mubarak, the son of the president of Egypt. He talks candidly about the possibility of following in his father's footsteps and what Obama's speech means to the Muslim people. He could well be the next president here -- though brushed that query off like a hair on his coat ... or several hairs, because I asked it several times.

I can't believe how many people watch "GMA" in Egypt. I'm known as the "building jump guy"... think that's kind of funny.

Day Four, Thursday, June 4:

Good Morning Cairo!! BIG day here today and also for the rest of the world. Security is extremely tight. Hot as Hades. Anxious to hear what Obama has to say. His speech will be parsed big time, especially in Arabia where language is often about innuendo.

We have first coverage post-speech! including interviews/reaction from Rahm Emanuel and Gamal Mubarak (younger of the two sons of current Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak). Obama has called for a "new beginning" between U.S. and rest of Muslim world. Obama also quotes three Holy books in his speech, meanwhile Bin Laden puts out new message that Jews, Christians and Muslims should not be allies.

Feels good to anchor from an event like this. Wish we did more of this, or at least that I did.

Said my goodbyes to Cairo (for now) and picked up some silver jewelry for my girls and some stuffed camels for the little man ... would love to come back here with them. The best time is spent off-camera.

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