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La Repubblica - Italy | 21/01/2009

Obama and God

The left-liberal daily La Repubblica comments on the religious content of Barack Obama's inaugural address: "The oath sworn on the Lincoln Bible, which contains many references to God, the long sermon which preceded the new president's speech, the unwavering patriotism and the sublime feeling of a national, specifically American mission must have seemed somewhat strange to many Europeans. ... The speech is in keeping with an important rhetoric tradition that is quite rightly described as America's civil religion. ... In view of the profound emotional power of this language (saturated with religious references) and its ability to set national priorities, Obama made extremely clever use of the reservoir put at his disposal by Jefferson, Lincoln, Kennedy and Martin Luther King. The new president seeks to take full advantage of the power of this tradition as a contrast to the nationalist rhetoric employed by George W. Bush and put it at the service of his new and completely different programme."

Financial Times - United Kingdom | 17/02/2006

Berlusconi's "reality TV show"

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi "has transformed Italian life into the world's longest-running reality television show: every day's lead news - flattering or unflattering, important or trivial - is about Mr. Berlusconi. In a post-ideological age, what Mr. Berlsuconi is selling is Mr. Berlusconi, not a party or programme," according to Alexander Stille, a professor of international journalism at Columbia University. "A recent study of women voters, who had previously voted for the governing Christian Democratic Party, found that an astonishing 75 percent of those who watched four or more hours of television a day voted for Mr. Berlusconi in 2001, while only 40 percent of those who watched two hours or less did so. ... In post-modern politics, appearance matters more than reality."

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