Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Now that Emperor Bokassa(*) is crowned, can we go back to our lives?

Does anybody's sun shine more brightly now that Obama is finally inaugurated? I can't say that it does here in Serbia, and not because it's raining.

Strange, based on what was being written in the mainstream media all around the world I was almost certain that the New Dawn is coming and that this planet has been stuck in pain and grief from it's inception and that it was finally pulled out (or put out) of it's misery by it's black knight in the shining armour. Now, I am not saying that our world hasn't had it's fair share of dark pages, but was it so bad to merit epithets such as "historical turnaround", "dawn of a new era for humanity" and Obama being described as the "light of the 21st century"(**)? I accpet that becoming the first black President of the US is a big achievement, but if it's going to be Obama's only one, it's all much ado about nothing.

Incidentally, nobody cared that it was the most expensive inauguration in history right in the middle of the biggest economic crisis since 1929, an "in your face" to the poorest citizens who voted Obama en masse, and which form a significant percentage of the population of Washington itself, nor do they care about the expensive tickets to the "greatest historical moment of all time". Everyone had to get a piece of "obamania", which unfortunately has partially affected some of the rightists as well, and that has long since crossed all boundaries of good taste among the usual suspects. Everybody had to be a part of history, whether they liked it or not.

Can we recommence with our everyday activities now? The Earth is still turning after January 20th, just like it did before that date, in spite of the media tryng to suggest otherwise, and so we must move along with it. Even staunchest Obama fans will eventually realize that, and once they do they will look on this period as the good old days, because from here the only way is down.

(*) Bokassa was the ruler of Central Africa. In 1977 he crowned himself Emperor. The old communist Yugoslavia kept close ties to his regime, and Yugoslav papers covered his coronation extensively. The public was so taken aback by the sheer lavishness of the ceremony, with 90% of the population of Central Africa lived in abject poverty, that a metaphor "the coronation of Emperor Bokassa" has ever since established itself in Serbian language as a description for all inapproprately and excessively luxurios ceremonies.

(**) The latter is actually taken from the North Corean media about Kim Jong Il. The question is: would you have suspected it if I hadn't told you? No, I didn't think so...

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