THE LAST PARAGRAPH OF THAT MAIL IS STILL A PRAYER AND I HOPE SOON TO BE IN A COMPLETE AFRICAN ATTIRE/DRESS WITH AN AMERICAN FLAG IN ONE HAND ......YES WE CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(Cisterna di Latina)
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What a relief for the Romans: the President has left town. Almost everyone
who had something to do with "Roma centro" ( city center) and Vaticano had
it tough. Romans are really one of the most tolerant in stomaching
disturburances of this sort( average of two demonstrations a week) but this
time a different phenomenon occurred.
Two streets to all his routs were blocked. The media even reported of some
families in strategic streets "kidnapped in their houses" for two days by
Trust Romans in funny behaviour; shops, factories,private enterprises, I
learnt even a hospital closed and all went on holiday or to the funeral of
a popular comedian who passed away .The escape from Rome was not only
because of no love lost for the visitor but the people just did not want to
be involved in anything anyway; call them cowards they would answer you.
Elections are due in two weeks here.
The consequences ; most of us who did not go to work for those days did not
bring any bread home for those days as is the case here. Almost everyone
lost. Even Mr Berlusconi (Prime Minister) lost, because most people did not
spend money in shopping-he owns about 15% of the big shops in Italy.
The streets were deserted , the peace movements, no-globals,anti-Bush etc
groups were kept at other zones of the town,therefore Mr President saw only
the people he was supposed to see and only the people who were supposed to
see him saw him. No more no less. The press called it 'a tunnel tour'.
Personally I enjoyed seeing (on TV) those 32 identical bullet proof dark
vans that came from USA for his escort drive in wonderful security formation
Ten years ago same day , same reason (the 50th anniversary of the liberation
of Roma)Bill Clinton was here and almost everyone in Rome had an American
flag. People missed work to go to the Centro to see Clinton pass and wave at
him ( some Roman girls-trust them- also came to see a huge, handsome
American- as their grandmothers did during the allied entry into the city 50
years earlier). Anyone seen the documentary? All squares were filled with
entertainment tents and benches. It was a big holiday and everyone wanted to
get involved in thanking America .
I happened to be around the city center then (1994) and that was also my
first time of buying an American flag. If I had wanted to I would have taken
a picture with Mr President during a hand shake as many did. He saw and met
all he wanted to see and all who wanted to see him did.
It is on record here that the longest standing ovation at the Quiranale
(Presidential Palace) was after Bill Clintons speech on that occasion. We
learnt that the river Tibers rose an inch because of the emotional tears
from the Romans after that speech.
Naturally, there was a lukewarm or "ignorable" protest from the then
neo-fascists in the town. Curious (or not) to note that most of them are in
this present government in Italy after some 're-cycling'.
My "Stelle e Striscia" stars and stripes flag is still in my study and I
hope I would have the opportunity to welcome another American with it.
May the soul of Reagan Rest in Peace. Amen
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