There is an Egyptian joke from the time of the Gulf War. President Mubarak returns from a meeting with President Bush, and his first instruction is that all the doors in Cairo should have "MUBARAK" written on one side. His advisors say that they will start right away, but ask, out of interest, why he wants this done. "Ah", says Mubarak. "In Washington, all the doors have on one side the name of their president".
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