Today: January 17 2019
Western political leaders increasingly resemble glamorous characters in show business. Where once there were certain taboos on their personal life, now "society of the spectacle" breaks the seals one by one, turning the former gods in the ordinary mortal weakness which the public does not get tired to discuss.
In the United States, perhaps the turning point was the scandal, dubbed Monikageyt finally destroyed the idea of the sacredness of power in Europe, the new "grotesque" era, when the rulers and then give food for gossip stories, associated with the names of French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande. And it is - no wonder. France has always distinguished the liberty of manners.
Last week in the Elysee Palace, another sexual scandal broke out. The tabloids claim that President François Hollande changed his civil wife Valerie Trierwiler. The restrained and conservative journalist Paris Match, who wears strict suits and shoes with a steady heel, Hollande, according to French media, preferred a much more relaxed and sensual actress Julie Gaye. As evidence, the journalists presented pictures of secret visits of the couple in love and said that Gaye was in her fourth month of pregnancy. But the Socialists promised that, unlike the extravagant Sarkozy, their candidate, when he took over the presidency, would not flaunt his private life. "During the election campaign, Hollande positioned himself as a" normal "leader," Jean Radwani, director of the French-Russian Center for the Humanities, told "However," and promised to break with the Sarkozy era when the attention of the press was attracted not by the nuances of the government's economic or budget policy , but the vicissitudes of the president's personal life. "
And now, the "normal" Holland by the number of intrigues clearly outpaced his "abnormal" predecessor. As for the first lady, at one time Trierweiler was nicknamed the Rottweiler in the editorial office. This nickname she received after she smacked a slap in the face to her colleague for an innocent saying that she considered sexist. "The Triervailer is not like the former first ladies," writes the newspaper Figaro. "It symbolizes the new France, in which no one takes seriously the institution of the family." Indeed, when the president claims that he does not intend to marry at all and enters the Elysee Palace with his second civil wife, who has already been married twice and is not going to marry any more, the current scandal does not seem like something out of the ordinary. True, he will not add popularity to Olland, especially among the conservative part of French society. And it is no coincidence that many in Paris say that the president will most likely have to conduct a "small victorious campaign" on the African continent.
Recall textbook dialogue from the movie "Wag the Dog":
- President fucked this girl scout.
- A young activist.
- Well, he fucked the young activist. What you need to come up to distract attention from this?
- To do this, at least to start a war.
So the writers of the popular Hollywood movie responded to Monikagate - the sexual scandal that broke out in America under the curtain of the rule of Bill Clinton. The Western press then savored the intimate details of the president's connection with the young trainee of the White House, Monica Lewinsky. To divert public attention and save his reputation, Clinton, to whom Congressmen threatened to impeach, unleashed a war in Yugoslavia. As a result, he managed to maintain positions in the Washington establishment, and in 2008, his wife almost did not even occupy the presidential seat. Although the evil tongues said that Hillary had to be content with the post of Secretary of State precisely because she was haunted by the "Monica's ghost."
According to the laws show
In the West, the personal lives of high-ranking politicians have always aroused genuine interest among the layman. About the number of mistresses John Kennedy, say, there were legends. He was suspected of a dizzying connection with Marilyn Monroe, but no one dared to bring stories about the sexual adventures of the president to the public space. After all, family scandals and love affairs of the powerful often led to a drop in their popularity and even to the collapse of their political career. Now, however, everything turned upside down. "If half a century ago no one dug into the dirty linen of politicians," writes The American Spectator, "now the voter subconsciously wants to make sure that the politician is the same as he: not a holy, not unblemished angel, that he can fall in love, commit insane actions, violate moral laws. And many leaders try to play on these sentiments. "
Nicolas Sarkozy, for example, tried to use stories from his personal life as a smokescreen, if something was not going well in politics. The application for divorce from his first wife Cecilia Sarkozy, he timed to "black Thursday" - the very day on which a general strike was scheduled in France. And about his novel with the singer and photo model Carla Bruni, he reported before the state visit to France of the head of Libya Muammar Gaddafi, which caused loud criticism from the liberal French press. According to Jean Radvani, "he put his family life on display, tried to use it as a tool in the political struggle, which is not welcomed in France, but rather, is typical of American culture, living according to the laws of the show."
All mixed up in the house of Obama
In America, really, like shiny pictures. The fact that five years ago a wave of Obamamania swept the world, not least the love idyll played, which, as it seemed to many, reigned in the family of a dark-skinned politician. Barack and Michelle Obama in the public were constantly showing tender, and often passionate feelings. And now, after the catastrophic failure of health care reform, the president's rating has reached the lowest point since his election, on a personal front, Obama also started to have problems. "I've had enough," according to Nation magazine, the first lady of the United States reacted to the incident that took place in December during the farewell ceremony with former South African leader Nelson Mandela.
In front of his wife, Obama then flirted with the Danish Prime Minister Helle Torning: whispered something in her ear, stroked on the shoulder and made joint photos on the smartphone. "Michelle was evil as a fury," writes the magazine National Enqirer. "She was humiliated before the eyes of the whole world, and Obama got himself into the worst family crisis in his life. The spouses, according to Washington insiders, sleep in different parts of the White House and discuss the details of the upcoming divorce. " How this scandal will affect the political future of the president, who is already called in America "lame duck", is difficult to say. One thing is clear: illusions have disappeared, the show is coming to an end: Obama was a mediocre leader and not the most ideal family man. "The question arises," writes the columnist for The American Thinker, "can a rapidly losing leader and a divorce leader be able to cooperate with a French comrade in misfortune, finally entangled in his love affairs, and unleash a large Middle East war that will smoothly flow into the Third World War? "
Alexander Terentyev ml.
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