Earlier this week I was cooking dinner when I overheard someone on the news mention that the upcoming election in Egypt would be the first time in close to 7000 years that the Egyptian people would get to vote on who should become their president. It made me think back to a few months ago when all you could hear about on news stations was Egypt and how the citizens were standing up for themselves and waging war on their own government. One of the ways they represented their passion was by paint graffiti on the walls of building in Cairo. They painted political cartoon type picture and pictures of people who died in the fighting, but these walls became a way of representing the peoples’ emotions. Now the new leaders of Cairo have decided to paint over all of the graffiti. It could be seen as a wanted to start over with a clean slate, but most of the people of Cairo feel like it is disrepectful to all of the people who fought for the right the vote. It made me think about the graffiti that De Certeau mentioned. The part that stuck out to me the most was when De Certeau mentioned how graffiti was like embroidery. I think it is very true in this case that the people of Cairo were trying to make the city their own when the went to war for their rights, and the graffiti they left was the phyical way for the people to clam what they believed was theirs. Now some of the people are trying to recreate the pictures, but I wonder if that will work. I don’t believe that these new paintings will have the same meanings the original ones did. De Certeau did not talk about re-graffiting, but I have a feeling that he would be opposed to it. I feel like De Certeau believed in the city being as natural as possible, and I believe that he would agree that re-graffiting the city would be too forced, and in the process would take away some of the meaning that went in to the original paintings. This leaves the question what should the people of Cairo do? Should that repaint or should they leave the walls blank? Is there an in between? And is this really the best start for the new Egyptian government?