- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating is associate editor at Foreign Policy and the editor of the Passport blog. He has worked as a researcher, editorial assistant, and deputy Web editor since joining the FP staff in 2007. In addition to being featured in Foreign Policy, his writing has been published by the Washington Post, Newsweek International, Radio Prague, the Center for Defense Information, and Romania's Adevarul newspaper. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN International, C-Span, ABC News, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC radio, and others. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he studied comparative politics at Oberlin College.
Condé Nast Traveler’s Susan Hack spotted this t-shirt in a Cairo market ahead of Barack Obama’s speech on Thursday. As she notes, it’s at best a back-handed compliment given that Tutankhamun had a relatively short and uneveventful reign before dying (under mysterious circumstances) at the age of 19:
I wondered, could the Obama/Tut souvenirs contain a not-so-subtle warning to the American president? A warning that says, “You may be young and powerful, but you–or at least your honeymoon with the Islamic world–will be in big trouble if you fail to live up to your promises.”
When I asked 25-year-old shopkeeper Hamada Hagar, proprietor of the Welcome souvenir shop, about the meaning of the T-shirt, he merely shrugged. “NBC ordered it,” he said, referring to the American television network. “My sister works for them. CNN ordered ceramic plates with Obama’s picture on it and 30 cartouches with ‘Obama’ written in hieroglyphics.