Presidential Palace
14 November, 2013
Presidential Palace
It was built as a presidential palace of Georgia. And money was spent on it – the taxpayers’ money. A lot of money! What happened after is very much in the Georgian political tradition – eradicating both good and bad that are connecting us with previous governments! I would definitely get rid of anything that is in our people’s way to be better off, but I would not bother to reject the things that might still be helpful even if
those things are inherited from erstwhile authorities. The palace that was built in Tbilisi as a presidential office and residence looks gorgeous and I thought it could serve our state as the White House has proudly been serving the people and the government of the United States of America in a very long time.
I want to know one serious reason why the already built and functioning palace cannot do its job for this generation of leaders. I will probably hear the explanation that it symbolizes the execrable activity of Georgia’s lame-duck president who has indeed made umpteen grave mistakes that has eventually ruined him as a political animal. Are we this much afraid of symbolisms? Then why does the soviet Government Building still stands in the heart of downtown Tbilisi on the Rustaveli Avenue, serving the current rule as it did before? They even say that it was built in the beautiful churchyard where the patriots of this nation were buried who gave their lives for Motherland. Why is the new democratic and free Georgia using the building, clearly symbolizing the atrocious communist regime, known for its despicable crimes against its own people? What about the former premises of the central committee of the Georgian communist party? Are we not using it with pleasure as the current chancellery building? Can we once in a lifetime be serious about the decisions we are making? What will happen to the new president if he works and resides in the new presidential palace, built by the former president? Will he be stoned by the people? Will he not be able to function as a president? Should he refuse from this ready-made beautiful comfortable building because he is concerned about the stricture of the people who are overly angry with the regime that ruled Georgia from that palace? Why are we concerned about those minor funny things when the Nation is expecting the country’s leadership to rectify the situation that needs immediate rectification? Who cares by who the palace was built? Who cares how good or bad the former residents’ ambitions were when building the damned edifice, meant for all future Georgian presidents to rule the Nation from there? Building is a building is a building. Nothing else! And if it is poisoned and dangerous for health, let us disinfect it and only after that, let the new president enter it and enjoy it in favor of this Nation. It was built as a presidential palace and it may not be rational to let any other office or enterprise be installed in it. It is only fit for one purpose – to let the president and his team feel technically happy and comfortable enough to take good care of the country. Who needs to be that personal when it comes to where the future presidents of Georgia should live and function? Being excessively personal in matters like this makes us look a little weird if not worse. I would understand the new president’s refusal from entering the palace if he was selling it at a price, three or four times higher than it had cost the country. That might have made some sense. In that case, the money could have gone to charity or to some other, even loftier purpose. Even then it would have been irrational to get rid of the building, constructed by the ‘bad guys’. Or if it could be rented out to the best, let’s say, kindergarten in Georgia for a symbolic price, affordable by our wonderful educators. Maybe, it is his natural modesty that compels the newly elected Georgian president to utterly deny the possibility of working in the existent presidential palace. Modesty should be absolutely irrelevant here. Modesty does not do a good job here. As the saying has it, too much modesty brings shame. Our former president, for example, had started traveling as a head of state by regular commercial flights but ended up in a luxurious private presidential jet. Well, presidents need to be presidential, don’t they? Maybe we all need to go down on our knees to ask the new man to occupy the already existent palace. OK, I will! Please, Mr. President-elect, go and become the new and deserving occupant of Georgia’s beautiful, spacey, comfortable and technically well-equipped presidential palace. You will feel good there. There is nothing wrong with it. If we go after symbolisms, we might have to demolish half of the country, and every generation to come will have to do the same foolish thing. Not good, not Good!

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