For many days, Hosni Mubarak tried to overlook the mass rallies and dissent in Egypt, but eventually he decided to resign as the country's ruler. By contrast, Egyptian President Anwar El Sadat faced an easier and less public decision in 1973. Early that year, as tensions grew between Israel and her Arab neighbors, Sadat asked his minister of supplies to provide a status report.
"He told me that we had money for frozen chicken meat but not for fertilizers," Sadat said. "So I directed him to rather import fertilizers and cut down on frozen chicken budgets."