Chestnut: Why didn't Mubarak want to leave?
Father: That's how people are with power. Once they have it, they don't ever want to let it go. Except for King Juan Carlos of Spain. And George Washington.
Me: Unless you're a hobbit.
Chestnut: How does being a hobbit help?
Mother: In The Lord of the Rings [note: not a book I was a massive fan of as a child], the hobbits were the only ones who weren't totally susceptible to the ring's power, even though it still hurt them. But everyone else it ruined. People respond to power the same way. Mubarak might not have been so bad when he first got power, but unadulterated access to unlimited power ruins you.
Diana: It corrupts you, like Gollum.
Chestnut: You mean, it can kill you?!
Diana: No, it corrupts you, which is worse. Though I'm not sure why Gollum got that way….
Mother: He's like all the rest of us. Like most of us anyway.
Chestnut: So is King Juan Carlos of Spain like a hobbit?
Diana: Kind of.
Chestnut: Do you think Barack Obama is like a hobbit?
All of Us: Maybe.
*Note: I think I managed to somehow say that our method of government was sort of designed to prevent Gollum's, but I can't quite piece what I said together here.