Barack Obama Inauguration & Speech – 20th January 2009BB

21 01 2009

Well, here you have just a part of the inauguration speech of Barack Obama on the 20th of January 2009, such a historical day. I consider it really important not only for the future of the United States, but for that of Europe and the whole world too.

Do you think that Obama will be able to live up to all people’s expectations? Do you think that he will be able to account for all the hopes that we have placed in him?

He has such a difficult task ahead of him that he may get lost in the way. But he does not look like the kind of person who gives up whenever a problem turns up. Well, as it usually happens, only the time will give us the definite answer!

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GET DRESSED FOR SUCCESS

12 01 2009

 

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Last Wednesday afternoon, while I was doing the washing up, I was listening to the radio too. The main topic was the polemics about the dress worn by the minister of Defense during a parade the day before.

I don’t really know which was worst, the polemics itself, or the points of view expressed by the talkers. One of them was a journalist who had already written about it in a newspaper and the other one was a spokeswoman of the association of progressive women. During the discussion the journalist said that dresses sent messages, and the minister was sending a message of self-confidence and strong personality.

How can still be people thinking in that way in the  21st century? Of course that being clean is important, but that’s all. I think that keeping on considering these things or treating people because of the way they dress instead of what they say or what they do, is one of the most incredible backwardness signs a society can keep with.

On the other side, the spokeswoman said that she was completely sure that if the minister had been a man that polemics would never have happened. Or course I couldn’t avoid remembering our debates about women and men. Honestly I can’t understand those kind of arguments which are many times used in these discussions, because the idea beneath this argument is “hey, you are paying attention to her clothes because she is a woman and she should look beautiful all the time, and what she could said or do is not important, because you know… she is a woman, what interesting thing could she say?”

Well, I think this is quite unfair, maybe a long time ago beauty could be one of the only tools or weapons women could used to have any chance in a society governed by men. But nowadays it’s quite different; I think there are enough structures and laws that guarantee equal rights, so it’s time to finish with “power” that beauty has but, unfortunately, this does not happen . Not everybody complains against beauty queen competitions, or against all the advertisements “dedicated” to sell us the importance of style, or again that women may be working in several different jobs just just because they are pretty. Even more, there are hundreds of social event chronicles that focus only on what was dressed and who dressed it. For example in two months time the Oscars awards will take place. The day after it many tv or radio programmes will be talking about who designed what dress, who looked more elegant , but only a few ones will be talking about who deserved to be awarded.

But that seems not to be important, maybe because there is a very big business behind all that stuff, with very big profits to share. I suppose that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

By Roberto





BARACK OBAMA, YES HE COULD

6 11 2008

Barack Obama has become the new president of the USA: his famous slogan “Yes, we can”, which has been repeated once and again, was yesterday shouted at from all over the world. An inexperienced black man has become the new president of the USA, challenging in this way the old ideas, which said that a black man could never become president. Will this mean the end of racism? Well, we’ll never know, but it is at least a big step forward in our fight against it.

Now all our eyes are set on him: will he be able to keep his promises? Will he be capable of fulfilling all the expectations? Will he be strong enough to take us out of the financial crisis? All these questions will have to be solved in the next days. But in the meantime, why don’t we join in the massive euphoria that is spreading all over the world?