They're just regular people. People a lot like us.
Except they have a government that doesn't seem to allow democracy.
Mubarak just appointed a "Vice President". This may be a good thing. Maybe it means he'll agree to leave before the inevitable massacre, which typically occurs when a well-equipped military government (largely equipped via our tax dollars) feels threatened. Hopefully he'll step down voluntarily.
And if Murbarak steps down, there will probably be a functioning government to carry on, and a chance for stability in the nation.
But if he insists on hanging on until the end, the probability of outright civil war is very high. And that won't bode well for Egypt, or the entire region.