Monday, May 2nd, 2011
I moved to the United States on July 16, 2000. On April 29, 2011 I became an American citizen. I took my oath along with 158 people from 51 different countries, I am grateful that Dirk Eusterbrock came with me and took these pictures of the ceremony. I am now officially an Egyptian-American
Taking the oath. The woman on my right was from the UK, the man on my left from the Dominican Republic.
Clapping for ourselves!
Certificate of citizenship and a mini-flag that came in our naturalization envelope, that included a letter from the President of the Unites States…
I didn’t recognise my picture on the certificate because I’d gone in for biometrics right after I was on CNN and hence covered in layers of makeup. I almost told the immigration officer “That’s not mine!”
After we took our oath, we were shown a message from President Obama in which he welcomed us as “fellow citizens” and then the immigration officer told us we’d hear an “inspirational” song. That song was one of the cheesiest I’ve ever heard, the chorus being “And I’m proud to be an American, because at least I know I’m free!”. I went around singing it at occasional intervals throughout the day to remind my friends.
Now when I argue with Muslim-hating members of the Tea Party, I’ll wave the flag in their face.