Monday, January 26, 2009

Vision of the president. How else to spice up the future?

I wonder what vision of future president will be created in Sci-fi movies to come. In the past, to better differentiate the future form the present status quo, some filmmakers envisioned the president of USA as a black man. (Tommy Lister in The Fifth Element (1997) -image below; Morgan Freeman in Deep Impact (1998); Denis Haysbert in 24 (2001-2006)).
But seeing powerful black person no longer surprises anyone. We actually have black president, elected by great majority of US citizens; We watched enigmatic captain Morpheus being able to raise above The Matrix and devote his life to saving human kind (Laurence Fishburne, The Matrix, 1999 -image below). We even watched Morgan Freeman as GOD! (Bruce Almighty (2003)).
So the question is what next? How else add spice to the vision of the future?
Female president? Nah, we were very close to electing Hillary Clinton for president and we had a chance admiring Geena Davis as a female president in Commander and Chief (2005 - image below). There is nothing shocking about women in power.
President of USA giving his very first formal television interview to Arab TV network? Well, it just happened.
How about Mr. President and… first gentlemen? A gay couple, exemplary citizens with adopted children? That would be something! Message: In the future world we will be tolerant enough or enlighten enough to see past the sexual preferences!Can you think about different, more surprising option?
Image above: Putin and Bush at Asia Pacific Economic summit in Hanoi, Vietnam (AP)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The inauguration of Barack Obama as America's 44th president

Best Wishes Mr. President. Great speech!
I wonder if he is an author of the speech or it is rather collective effort of many writers. Anyway, the message was strong and greatly delivered. I really want to see him succeed. I cannot help to think that despite the biggest effort and willingness to change the world, the president can do only so much. I really want to believe him. I am hoping that there is more to it than just brilliant rhetoric. I am happy to see Joe Biden being VP and I am extremely happy that Hillary Clinton will be next Secretary of State. There is no doubt in my mind that she will measure up to standards set by the greatest Madeleine Albright. Good luck to all of them. What a great times to be alive!
Image: Famous now Obama's poster created by Shepard Fairey.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

We were lucky to celebrate the new year with our friends in Poland. After seeing all the family and friends this new year of our existence have to be great! Szczesliwego Nowego Roku!