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Update (07.11.2008). Interesant, ideea ca Obama este un produs media e sustinuta si de Traian Ungureanu aici, si de Mircea Cartarescu aici (numai ca eu sint primul care a spus asta – sic!). Desigur, asta nu inseamna ca m-as solidariza cu ceea ce spun in rest cei doi comentatori in articolele lor (ba mai mult, Ungureanu mi se pare penibil, ca de obicei). Un articol super fain insa (iarasi, ca de obicei) e scris de MirceaDinescu aici.

McCain a avut doua mari handicapuri: primul, o administratie republicana de opt ani, absolut dezastruoasa pentru problemele interne ale USA, dar si pentru imaginea tarii in plan international. Desi incorecta (cred eu), asocierea lui cu politica sindromului down-bush l-a privat de un numar considerabil de voturi. Al doilea dezavantaj: Sarah Palin. Nu stiu daca ati observat, dar in ultimele saptamini de campanie McCain a fost pe locul doi la capitolul aparitii in media, dupa Sarah Palin. Asta in conditiile in care (a) Sarah Palin aparea, dar numai pe post de Pacaliciul natiunii; (b) vice-presedintele lui Obama (repede: cum il cheama? Va spun eu: Joe Biden) era ca si inexistent (cel putin asa s-a vazut din afara Americii, pe CNN). Ca atare, parerile negative la adresa lui Palin s-au transformat, prin intermediul presei, in voturi negative contabilizate de McCain. De aici rezulta un al treilea handicap al lui McCain: o echipa de advisori absolut execrabila. Si o echipa de comunicare si relatii publice la pamint. Personal (lasind la o parte opiniile in privinta avortului si a casatoriilor intre homosexuali) mie McCain imi era simpatic. Chiar nu cred ca, daca ar fi fost ales presedinte, ar fi continuat politica administratiei Bush. Am si un argument tare pentru asta: multi senatori republicani au devenit ei insisi adversari ai administratiei Bush.

Pe de alta parte, Obama a avut trei avantaje extrem de solide inca de la inceput: (a) cei opt ani de administratie Bush, repet, o guvernare absolut idioata (ca atare, sint convins ca orice candidat democrat in locul lui Obama ar fi cistigat un bun procent de voturi din oficiu, ca voturi negative la adresa republicanilor); (b) faptul ca este afro-american, ceea ce a adus un plus ideii de „schimbare” radicala a Americii (in psihologia alegatorului mediu). In plus, asta i-a facut cadou o groaza de voturi din partea afro-americanilor (faptul nu e trivial; pentru democrati, Obama a fost un aducator de voturi mai bun decit Clinton, intrucit solidaritatea afro-americanilor cu Obama s-a dovedit mult mai puternica decit solidaritatea femeilor cu Hillary Clinton); (c) o excelenta campanie de presa. Sint convins ca daca Obama a ajuns presedinte, o mare responsabilitate o poarta si media, care l-a transformat pe senatorul Obama (uneori total lipsit de substanta) intr-un produs mediatic perfect. Cit o fi substanta si cit o fi „papusa media” in presedintele Obama, ramine de vazut.

Una peste alta, adevarul este ca se simtea nevoia unei administratii democrate. Personal nu ma intereseaza citusi de putin problemele interne ale americanilor (atita timp cit ele nu declanseaza probleme economice mondiale). Insa ma intereseaza imaginea si comportamentul Americii la nivel global. Administratia Bush nu a facut decit sa indeparteze America de Europa si de lumea intreaga – si nu ma refer doar la relatiile inter-guvernamentale, ci si la modul in care noi receptionam astazi USA, la nivel individual. Sper ca America va fi de acum inainte mult mai dispusa sa colaboreze la nivel international (vezi protocolul de la Kyoto privind emisiile de gaze, vezi Tribunalul Penal International, vezi deciziile in cadrul Consiliului de Securitate NATO). Dar sper ca isi va pastra caracterul ofensiv in ceea ce priveste lupta pentru democratie si drepturile de baza ale indivizilor. Irakul si Afganistanul trebuie stabilizate, in plus s-ar putea sa fie nevoie de alte citeva razboaie in locuri-cheie. Daca America se va intoarce, autistic, doar spre propriile probleme interne, atunci lumea intreaga va avea de suferit. Jandarmul mondial nu trebuie sa-si dea demisia.

Si o ultima nota: faptul ca America este mareata o dovedeste si comportamentul celor doi candidati dupa aflarea rezultatelor. Obama a dovedit ca stie sa cistige (cititi discursul lui aici), iar McCain a dovedit ca a stie sa piarda (cititi discursul lui aici). Pentru cei care nu aveti rabdare sa cititi cele doua discursuri, iata citeva extrase:

McCain: „The American people have spoken, and they have spoken clearly.A little while ago, I had the honor of calling Sen. Barack Obama to congratulate him. To congratulate him on being elected the next president of the country that we both love. In a contest as long and difficult as this campaign has been, his success alone commands my respect for his ability and perseverance. But that he managed to do so by inspiring the hopes of so many millions of Americans who had once wrongly believed that they had little at stake or little influence in the election of an American president is something I deeply admire and commend him for achieving. Sen. Obama has achieved a great thing for himself and for his country. I applaud him for it, and offer him my sincere sympathy that his beloved grandmother did not live to see this day. Though our faith assures us she is at rest in the presence of her creator and so very proud of the good man she helped raise. Sen. Obama and I have had and argued our differences, and he has prevailed. No doubt many of those differences remain. These are difficult times for our country. And I pledge to him tonight to do all in my power to help him lead us through the many challenges we face. I urge all Americans who supported me to join me in not just congratulating him, but offering our next president our good will and earnest effort to find ways to come together to find the necessary compromises to bridge our differences and help restore our prosperity, defend our security in a dangerous world, and leave our children and grandchildren a stronger, better country than we inherited. (…) ”

Obama: „A little bit earlier this evening, I received an extraordinarily gracious call from Sen. McCain. Sen. McCain fought long and hard in this campaign. And he’s fought even longer and harder for the country that he loves. He has endured sacrifices for America that most of us cannot begin to imagine. We are better off for the service rendered by this brave and selfless leader. I congratulate him; I congratulate Gov. Palin for all that they’ve achieved. And I look forward to working with them to renew this nation’s promise in the months ahead.”

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Written by Andrei Stavilă

noiembrie 5, 2008 at 11:37 am

The “Romanianization” of the United States of America

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In the year 2000, Romania confronted itself with a very nasty political situation: in the second tour of elections for the Romanian Presidency, we had to choose between a former communist leader (Ion Iliescu) and the leader of the far-right party (Corneliu Vadim Tudor). The situation was awful indeed: we hated them both, but we still had to vote for one of them. So we elected the one that seemed, at that time, the lesser wrong: we elected the former communist leader. Cynical as it were, many people who suffered under the communist regime were then obliged to vote for a communist, because of the fear of the far-right policies.

The USA seems to be in the same political situation now. On the one hand, there are Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama – who are better suited to be TV stars, showmen or whatever – but not presidents! They look so weak, a sort of “crash test dummies”, or actors begging for audience. Now, in the actual context, where Russia is going to be governed in the next 10 years, in a way or another, by the same unmerciful and strong “Tzar” Putin; where terrorism has become a real threat to all of us; where extremism and xenophobia undergo a strong revival all over the world; where USA must continue to be the guardian of liberal values and individual rights in the world – in this context, the president of the USA must be a strong person – not a crash test dummy. USA needs a new Margaret Tacher – not a Hillary Clinton. USA needs a new Ronald Reagan – not a Barack Obama.

On the other hand, there is John McCain. He is not a TV star – on the contrary, it seems that he lacks a lot of charisma. He seems – at least prima facie – to be a strong person (well, he fought in Vietnam, right?). But just take a closer look at his political opinions. He strongly opposes gay marriages. He strongly opposes abortion. So McCain (and many republicans, as a matter of fact) don’t give a damn on liberal rights: he denies to some people the right to marry whomever they wish; and he denies others the right to do with their bodies whatever they wish. The USA led by John McCain cannot be the guardian of human rights. It cannot be the champion of democracy and liberalism in the world.

So it seems to me that the USA undergo this year a process of “Romanianization”: the Americans have to choose between two wrongs: Clinton or Obama, on the one hand, and McCain, on the other hand. Ho is the lesser wrong? What will the Americans choose, between the Muppets show and the potential dictator? I’m afraid this time the answer is not that easy anymore…

Written by Andrei Stavilă

februarie 22, 2008 at 12:44 pm