Fifth Inauguration
26 November, 2013
Fifth Inauguration
Four presidents and five inaugurations! Not much, ha! And still, the history is made, the history of democratically organized Georgia - young, trying and scrambling. Presidential inaugurations are important... to a certain extent, and they are only done to formalize the results of elections thereby. Inaugurations should not be allowed to shatter the life in the country and to paralyze traffic in the capital city; they should be compatible with the country’s size and international weight and power; they cannot
be overly expensive, bothering and extravagant; and they have to make certain constructive political sense. I think we have every reason to say that the fifth presidential inauguration in Georgia was compatible with all those parameters and demands.
All was in place and the entire event served the purpose adequately, but if judged more strictly, one can still find the way to comment on it in a differing fashion, to put it mildly. The most important part of a presidential inauguration is a message that flies out of a new leader’s mouth straight into the hearts and minds of his subjects. The inaugural speech is what matters most in the entire ceremony. The speech should carry the accents and emphasize the priorities that are vitally important to the nation; those messages may not be trivial and fleeting; they must be so meaningful and attractive that the entire nation thoughtfully focuses on those accents and priorities, and take them as the mission statement of the new government; and they should not be leaving indifferent even one person in the country. We could say that this part of the inaugural speech has also lived up to our expectations. More or Less of course! The formal, ceremonial side of the inauguration event matters too, but that is more for an eye than for a brain and soul. Brain and soul need something more significant and elevated that generates hope. The inaugural message must emanate the hope for better future and higher quality of life. The economic and political strength of the nation, which we all dependent on, need to be made clear and present in the inaugural speech so that we the people have enough enthusiasm to continue working, and enough stimulus to generate prosperity. The new presidential message has to be novel and original, powerful, believable, reliable and truthful – not just another promise which will either be kept or not. As a matter of fact, the incoming president’s inaugural should carry the function of a brief program for the future action of the nation. Presidential inauguration has to impress us as a cheerful celebration of the renovated and newly poised country which is delighted to have a new leader, who deserves from his people to be followed with a sense of national happiness and public readiness to do the deeds that need to be done. Inauguration is a happy moment in a nation’s life and the inaugural bliss needs to be seen by all of us. And finally, one of the most important objectives of a presidential inauguration is the demonstration of succession between the country’s political generations. The continuity in the nation’s political agenda is extremely important to be emphasized, but in case there is nothing to emphasize because of the absence of that continuity, then at least the desire and readiness to be doing so has to be voiced unreservedly. It is a national tragedy that the outgoing and incoming presidents not only hate each other, but have nothing to do with one another as if they are the presidents of two different countries – not one beloved Georgia. The pronounced abhorrence, brewing between the previous and current governments cripples the presidential inauguration. The nonspeaking terms, on which they are, is clearly working against our national success. Will anybody ever in this country understand that this kind of a situation is killing not only the meaning of the presidential inauguration but is eliminating a chance to achieve elementary national goals? In principle, we can live without inaugurations – only a dry simplified taking of the oath of office might be enough to further rule the country. But we may perish (Perish!) without national conciliation and appeasement. And if we do, those inaugurations will definitely look and sound unwanted and deplorable. I will not stop this angry and outraged scream until I see the civilized and benevolent, albeit censorious relations between the generations of political leaders. The opportunity to lead a nation may not be only a propitious chance, provided accidentally to a lucky individual, but it needs to be a consequence of a strong political logic. And those individuals have to know unmistakably that ruling a country is not another inconsequential thing to do, but a selfless dedication to the nation’s business. Personal whims and quirks are not working here. A presidential inauguration, if done correctly, serves as a token of multi-faceted equilibrium within a nation. Yes, it is that complicated!

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