First lady
07 November, 2013
First lady
The ardent and extended talk in media, and beyond, about First Lady and her role in our society is clearly symptomatic. It is an indication that Georgia has matured as a working democracy and it is firmly on its way of westernizing itself for real. The word Lady, it is said, happens to be part of the British linguistic and social culture and First Lady as such is a pure American invention, which has been growing into the Georgian soil quite
persistently in the last quarter of a century.
The preceding soviet regime was somewhat nonchalant and even allergic towards this state-level female institution, prompting the soviet leaders to refrain from exposing their spouses to public life. Nobody is sure why though. Maybe because it was a restricted society in so many various terms that it would not tolerate any ‘western kinks’, directed against the socialist public will. And the Soviet public had a proclivity to question anything that looked strictly personal, therefore ‘capitalistic’. Utterly rejecting that despicable ‘bourgeois democracy’, the free public exposure of the wife of the soviet Number One and their family life was considered as the violation of the image that was carefully nursed as the main characteristic feature of a Soviet Person.  That image of Builder of Communism was deliberately created, particularized and venerated at that time as an ideal of a human being. Not any more, thank God! First Lady of Georgia is already a public figure who has the same moral and state obligations before the Nation as any first lady of any civilized – and even not very civilized – nation of the world. Technically speaking, the American version of firstladyship should be the most useful example for our First lady because in the United States, first ladies are the working people who are doing their extremely important job voluntarily with a pronounced dignity, dedication, wisdom and ambition. Some of our former First Ladies have tried – and not in vain – to emulate their American counterparts, and have achieved quite a lot too. To put it straight, there is always something to do for a First lady here: be next to their husbands fearlessly in wars and piece time the same way as Martha Washington and Abigail Adams had done in their own time, take care of the country’s orphans as Dolly Madison had practiced, fight paralytic illnesses like Eleanor Roosevelt, take good care of presidential residence like Jackie Kennedy, protect the nation’s environment like this was done by lady Bird Johnson, develop volunteerism in Georgia like Pat Nixon did in America, be the defender of women’s rights like betty Ford, pursue mental health advocacy like Rosalynn Carter struggle against the drug use like Nancy Reagan, dedicate herself to the development of literacy as this was done by Barbara Bush, offer a better health care system to the country like Hillary Clinton, rebel against child illiteracy like Laura Bush or fight obesity among children and help out the military families as Michelle Obama is doing. You see, how much and how well some of the indispensable things, bothering the nation, our First lay can do in the future? This is an unofficial and unpaid title, but it is a powerful designation. The word ‘First’ is in no way an embarrassment or an inconvenient burden. This is the word that symbolizes power, influence, change, correction, charity, help, hope and kindness. What is left now to do is that the title be made fit and working on the difficult road of our democratic development. We need a lot of good influence and a strong example of how to behave in the future. Georgia has many wounds and pains that need to be licked and soothed. The themes that are waiting for the First lady’s hand to be picked up and dexterously handled are innumerable. Working on those topicalities, the style of that work, the ways those future deeds are going to be fulfilled make part of the image of this nation’s leader which greatly depends on what our First Lady can and is going to suggest to our said-and-done-hungry public. Not easy, is it? Firstladyship, its ways, means and manners has to be learned. It is going to be a new capacity and a new qualification for any woman whose destiny has it to be the First lady of the nation. I certainly wish them all well!
Print
Other Stories
A new beginning
Our little darling GJ has done its good job and it is now leaving the public life arena as quietly as it had once come around eight years ago.
Left-hand, Right-hand...
Georgia has lately been flagrantly busy and obsessed with controversial talk about the right-hand-steering wheels
Always in Expectation
Georgia last felt stable, hopeful and unperturbed when the Soviet home of nations was still alive and kicking. As soon as the loud and hard-going Soviet collapse occurred
Named after Bush
Any time I am on my way to Tbilisi Airport together with another guest of mine, and pass the huge mural portrait of George
Remembering the Legend
The famous Georgian physician and scientist Joseph Zhordania would have turned 120 this year.
Impeach the Mayor? Then what?
It does not take excessive political qualification to know that democracy has turned out to be a complicated brain-twister
Rustavi 2
The current government got hold of the helm on a wave of promises to restore justice in the country, buried
What is it all about?
“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” Just in Denmark, not in Georgia! Aren’t we lucky that nothing
Perpetuity of Conflict
Here, the difference of opinion is perceived not as the knowledgeable and well-organized Western political culture would dictate.
Welfare & Politics
Beliefs, principles, dogmas, views, political affairs, etc. are not edibles to eat, although they are fed to people
Polit-Economic Paradox
That the Georgian historical lands are occupied by Russia is part of politics, and the fact that Georgia
Freedom of Speech
All of our governments of various periods in the last twenty-five years have been at a loss when it came to the relationships
Narushilovka
I cannot imagine an American policeman – unless I am totally ignorant of reality or utterly uninformed on the matter
Jansugh Charkviani ‘The Gorgeous Death’
Translated from Georgian by Nugzar B. Ruhadze
Flashes in the Pan
In the twentieth century, before the eyes of the civilized world, we appeal to the conscience of civilized nations and all honest people
Of Media, Freedom and Crossroads - M100 SANSSOUCI COLLOQUIUM 2015
”Satire must provoke shock” – declared Gerard Briard, editor-in-chief of the controversial French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo
Pursuing happiness...
Georgia has of course taken the human rights issue very seriously – and this tells on the life of this nation quite considerably
Forms of Hatred
Anything that the world is concerned about and is dwelling upon verbally or practically has become a subject of discourse in Georgia too.
Do’s & Don’ts
What a silly month of year August is when it comes to feeding ourselves with news. In August, don’t even bother
USSR & USA
The United States, left in the battlefield all by itself and without a worthy opponent, is feeling somewhat
'Make America Great Again'
The title of this editorial is copied from a presidential campaign slogan – behold, somebody wants to make America great all over again.
“Georgia will be better off with Trump in the White House than Obama”
Bill Thomas is an author and journalist in Washington who has written about politics for more than 20 years.
Electoral Preferences
Call them as you wish but ask of them as much as, for example, the American people are asking of senators and congressman of their choice!
Why so critical?
Why am I so critical towards my native Georgia, its habits and inclinations, its people and government, its means and ways, its behavior
Into & Beyond Politics
It was Georgia’s good luck that several years ago we won the title of the host country of the 13th Summer European Youth Olympic
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Exchange Rates
GEL Exchange Rate
Convertor
22.09.2018
23.09.2018
USD
1
USD
2.6216
2.6216
EUR
1
EUR
3.0854
3.0854
GBP
1
GBP
3.4584
3.4584
RUB
100
RUB
3.9340
3.9340
Other Stories
GEL Exchange
USD
1
USD
2.6216
EUR
1
EUR
3.0854
GBP
1
GBP
3.4584
RUB
100
RUB
3.9340