~ President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo~
At 3pm yesterday, our EA sent us a work suspension notice due to President Arroyo's State of the Nation Address (SONA). Tell you frankly, I get bored listening to SONAs (or any political speech for that matter, although my work entails me to do just that, which is ironic). But yesterday, I conditioned myself to sit tight on my comfty chair, pour myself a mug of coffee while listening to an hour of sugar-coating, well rehearsed speech of a woman that most Filipinos probably love to hate these days.
As expected, I get nothing from listening to it. Promises, promises, and more sugar-coating—I am just re-echoing most Filipinos’ sentiments these days. I don't know about optimism and giving the benefits of the doubt but we have been bombarded by promises long enough that pompous statistics and figures wouldn't fool us anymore. For one, what she said in her last SONA's was far worst than what she promised.
I guess we all know what the problem is. It’s just that our beloved President refuse to see.
My favorite phrase for today: Lack of self-referentiality!
And that is what you are Madam President.
Sometimes, it’s good to look around and know why you are the most “unpopular president” in the history of this country. Just take a look around and maybe, just maybe, you’ll know what you’ve been missing for the last 7 years of your reign.
2010 seems a century a away before we get a new one!