Egypt: How Amanpour Came to Interview President Hosni Mubarak

ABC News' Christiane Amanpour explains how she got the exclusive interview.

ByABC News
February 2, 2011, 3:11 PM

CAIRO, Feb. 3, 2011— -- My exclusive interview with President Hosni Mubarak took place on day when the mood here is getting increasingly tense.

This afternoon, my ABC News team and I left our offices in three cars and started a drive to the Presidential Palace. We had been granted an exclusive interview with the new Vice President of Egypt, Omar Suleiman.

We had to take a route that ran through a neighborhood where pro-Mubarak supporters in the streets were setting up their own checkpoints.

When we got stuck in a crush of traffic, we were surrounded by an angry mob.

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For about an hour, we worked on negotiating our way out of the situation by talking and staying extremely calm. At one point a soldier came up to us. We explained what we were doing and showed him papers that were an official invitation to the interview.

Very, very slowly the crowd started to fall back and our car was able to move.

The other two cars in our convoy were taken to a nearby police station for safety. Nobody was hurt, nobody was attacked, but it was clearly an uncertain and unsettling hour.

When we got to the palace, as our cameraman was setting up for our exclusive interview with Vice President Suleiman, I asked if I could see President Mubarak.