Barack Obama's popularity in Egypt reaches a new high – with the introduction of a narcotic to the market bearing the President-elect's name.
According to Egyptian blogger Hossam el-Hamalawy dealers in the Mediterranean town of Marsa Martrouh are peddling an Obama brand hashish:
A new brand of (presumably black Moroccan) hashish has appeared in the Egyptian town of Marsa Matrouh, called “Obama”!
I recall in in 2003, a quite popular brand of hash that appeared in Cairo was named “Saddam” coz it was “stronger than chemical weapons.”
The news first hit the online world via Twitter, when award-winning blogger Wael Abbas announced it, saying (Ar):
In English, the Tweet says:
Urgent – a new type of hashish appears in Marsa Matrouh – Obama
Elijah Zarwan, also based in Egypt, further comments:
By the hash-o-meter, Barack Obama may be the most popular foreign leader in Egypt since Saddam Hussein.
* This post also appears in Voices without Votes.