The unbearable heaviness of Obama

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Barack Obama: First presidential address

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Obama has won. I am happy, but I’m suffering more than before. Obama declared: “The United States is the place where everything is possible.” I look at my country where nothing is possible. A P2-ist as Head of the Government. An indecent Opposition. Information under control. And I get a great sadness coming over me.
Obama, young, cultured, slender, intelligent, coloured, talks about the future, about innovation. “Change has arrived”, he said. “Our victory has started from the bottom.” With us when will it arrive? Gerontocracy and Oligarchy reign. People like Berlusconi, Napolitano, Gelli, Andreotti are old people in the range of 70 to 90 years old. They want to live into eternity up to 120 years.
The country is a room full of stale air. The smell of power is contagious for us. We no longer smell our own smells. Anyone who wants to open the window and bring in winds of change is murdered as happened to Borsellino and to Ambrosoli. Or sidelined, and attacked by the institutions and the media. Like De Magistris, like Forleo.
Just imagine Obama who as the first action of Government declares his own immunity by law so as to save himself from a corruption trial. He would last a few hours, then he would have to take refuge abroad. Just think of Obama talking about incinerators and nuclear power stations, then McCain would have won. Obama is hope, Veltrusconi is condemnation.
I feel an unsupportable heaviness on top of me. More than before, I feel a stench of arteriosclerosis in the streets. Tonight Italy has suddenly got old. We look at ourselves in the mirror and we get a shock. What have we become? Without a radical change what can we look forward to? The Internet is what first announced Obama’s victory. 3,000 Italian towns out of about 8,000 are without ADSL. Worse than in Africa, but with the antiquated digital terrestrial.
I apologise, I have to collect myself. Obama has delivered a low blow. From today, it will be more difficult to understand why we are living, why we have to live in this state of collapse. The Internet has been fundamental for his campaign. It is an indication of the end of newspapers and TV. The revolution in Italy, if it comes, will not be via the TV . Let us be informed and inform others via the Internet, without let up. Perhaps the window will swing open, crikey. They will never give up, neither will we.

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Not all that glitters is gold.

Hey y'all, wait a second.

Obama was an official candidate, supported by commercial TV and US elite.

Why do you think it is going to be different than Veltrusconi?

Ron Paul was the right answer to America, but they just put him on the side, as italian media is doing with any REAL change.

I am really tired of missed expectations, so I will believe in Obama the day that he begins to work for the people.

Will he step back on the 700 billion dollar bank bail out, almost entirely used to pay elite millionaire bonuses?

Will he retire the Patriot Act, the bill that allows wiretapping, torture, prison without justice, and other ominous

Will he end power driven wars like the Balkan, Iraq, Afghanistan?

Will he keep a free internet for us to discuss our nation's problem without censorship?

Will he stand for people instead of corporations?

Posted by: Steve P | November 8, 2008 03:35 AM


Ciao Beppe, As I read your blog my heart was torn by sadness and rage. My heart aches for the country of my origin,Italy where much of what America stood for actually EXISTED in daily life without fancy words but with practical treatment. The theocracy that America was moving toward wasn't a threat in Italy. However, the Gerontocracy and Oligarchy pervasive in Italy threatened here also. Term limits need to happen here so that the people in Washington don't lose touch with the country. I hope for both countries that Obama's fight to the Presidency inspires all of us to daily move our countries back to the right path. We cannot let disgust with the faults of government make us give up. Thank you for your blog; I've shared your site with many of my neighbors and associates who are inspired. Keep up your good work; you inspire the most important force, THOUGHT!
Thanks again for all your good work. You owe yourself a Vegas trip! Write when you get here there's cold beer waiting.

Posted by: Pasquale Angeli | November 7, 2008 08:22 AM


Beppe, don't give up hope. I nearly had when George Bush was re-elected in 2004, but we've managed a massive turnaround here in the United States.

As long as there remain people who retain their ideals and hope for positive change, there will still be hope for Italy. Keep fighting. Run for office, maybe. Keep speaking out and make the problems in Italy's government clear to its people, and eventually things will work out. It may take months, years, even decades -- but at some point people will listen and work to right the wrongs that have been done.

I wish you the best of luck. Keep up the good work.

Posted by: Ian Bowen | November 7, 2008 01:55 AM


The election of Barak Obama goes beyond the affirmation of the democratic nature of American society. Barak Obama's accomplishment marks the end of a hellish journey by a people that can't believe they actually came out alive from it. The tears we saw are only hints of their unbelieveble and immense joy they feel.

And thanks for first-time voters, Hispanics, Asans, Blacks and all the white Americans who went past prejudices and skin color,the long nightmare is also over for millions of Americans. Too often in the past eight years America behaved as though ruled by a criminal despot counseled by predators and fanatical idealogues. They stripped the people of their civic respect as citizens of the United States of America and made them political-consumers to be screwed and misled by sale-pitches and marketing schemes.

Thus the useless wars, the ineptness in rescuing the people of New Orleans. Thousands of dead Iraqi civilians, cronyism in government, the leaking of Valerie Plame's secret identity; the lies used by Bush used to market the Patriot Act American. The wire-tapping of millions and millions of Americans with no court orders. The "Mission Accomplished" farcical speech, And then Abu Grhaib, Guantanamo and the list goes on and on. But it's over.

Finally, the world can start feeling good about America.

Posted by: louis pacella | November 6, 2008 04:47 PM


Obama will not be in a hurry to meet this italian government made of fascist, racist criminals and shaking the hand of their boss, Silvio Berlusconi.

Curiously , just during the day of Obama's victory, the web site of "La Padania", the racist Lega Nord's newspaper, has been closed.

Posted by: alberto arnoldi | November 6, 2008 03:49 PM


Lost in translation....
Dear Beppe don't worry about the silly critism about correct translation. I personally think that your translators are doing a splendid job and that the translations are well understood especially when constructed with Italian idioms.
The beauty of the English language is that it comes in many different guizes.
I think Giuseppe Davoli should try Afro-English some time and see how he would fare.
Again you are doing a brilliant job.

Posted by: Maurizio Odello | November 6, 2008 01:36 PM


Ciao Beppe,

Thanks as always for the good articles, and for the great effort you're making in translating those articles in English and Japanese!

I just would like to point it out that good translations are not done by picking the most similar word in English (like I've seen on your blog) but on a concept by concept basis.

In the case of this article, the title:
"The unsupportable heaviness of Obama" the correct translation would be:
"The unbearable heaviness of Obama"

"unsupportable" in Italian means (non supportabile tecnicamente) something that cannot be supported.

Besides that, thanks again for all the good work you're doing for all of us.

Posted by: Giuseppe Davoli | November 6, 2008 12:43 PM


Dear Beppe,

I feel that Obama would not have had his impressive victory without the economic crisis USA are living in. Only waves move the big sea!!! What do we need?
A big wave! A big crash... but it will come... very soon!!!
The big problem, my dear, is that the only ones who are going to pay for it will be the poors, people who work very hard and study and get money enough to survive. The politicians, they will never pay for what they have been doing: this is our country!

Thanks to everyone!

Marco

Posted by: Marco Nicoletti | November 6, 2008 12:05 PM


Congratulations to Obama indeed. The American people have finally come to the realization that a major drastic change in mind set was vital for their future wellbeing. Wait and watch what will be in store for the scumbags that have run the USA into the grownd since the Bush click ran the show as their own private fiefdom. The sword of Democles is about to fall on all of them.
As for Italy unless the people mobilize in unisome for a clean and honest government things will never change. For starters get rid of all politicians and bureaucrats and all the shady characters linked with the past and start afresh in every sphere with people that are clean, honest and capable.
Anyone that argues that it is impossible to find such people in Italy tell them to go to hell.
Italy must make a clean cut with the past and only the Italian citizens can do that.
Unfortunately I agree and it is rather sad when one considers the present general mindset of Italians. Although everything around them is nonsensical and is stagnant all they can do is shrug their shoulders and complacently defend the rotten system by declaring that "this is how it is in Italy". Why do Italians accept that this is how it should be in Italy and not some other better way?
Until Italians wake up there will not be any change and the rest of the world will quietly move forward and leave them behind until Italians become part and parcel of the 3rd world.

Posted by: Maurizio Odello | November 6, 2008 11:51 AM


Italian politicians, as we all know, are detached from reality, have no specific competence, have no principles and grant incredible privileges to themselves with the perfect knowledge that each of their privilege is an terrible injustice to the whole nation.
The tragedy is not that Berlusconi is a politician, the real tragedy is that he is far from being the worst.

Posted by: pinov | November 6, 2008 11:47 AM


Dear Mr Grillo
like you I am very happy for Obama´victory and I feel like congratulating Ámerica for having had the courage to try to change. But as well I feel sad for Italy and yesterday this feeling was very strong. So I actually said to the people I work with-here in Norway- that I hoped that italians would also wake up and give the world a little hope of change too. They reply was even more sad as they said to me" dream on, dream on". Everyone knows.
Thanks for your courage.
Regards
Alessia

Posted by: Alessia Fanti | November 6, 2008 10:59 AM


On the final day of a long campaign, Mr Obama warned his collaborators not to let up. He told them:
"Don't think for a minute that power concedes."

Italy is a case in point but this also applies to most Governments in office around the world and in particular the financial sector.

There has to be a major change in the way Italy is managed - or mismanaged. In any democratic society this is through the ballot box. But to the millions who filled Rome's squares recently they should not forget that Italian voters put Berlusconi back in office

Posted by: peter fieldman | November 6, 2008 10:52 AM


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