Gloria’s PR blitz
Say what you will about Gloria, but she’s one stubborn lady. After four years in Malacañang, she ought to know by now that she was absent when the Lord was handing out charisma. But she keeps on trying, ever in search of an image that would make her lovable to the "masa."
The press conference on Wednesday which was meant to launch the image of a "more caring, accessible and emphatetic" Gloria was a disastrous flop. Topics were screened; only sympathetic reporters were allowed to ask questions. The pesky members of the foreign press were shown the door.
One would have reasonably expected her handlers would have made an assessment and try to identify what went wrong. But no, Gloria was back the next day like a boxer desperately seeking to gain points after a mauling the round before.
She agreed to be interviewed during an early evening television news broadcast on Thursday. She droned on for over 10 minutes (an eternity in a medium like television) talking about her "programs" and "achievements." But when asked to talk about her phone pal Virgilio Garcillano, she invoked the Fifth, saying her rights as an accused should be respected.
Yesterday morning, she was again at a radio station devoted to public affairs. She was set to have an interview over another television station last night. More appearances are scheduled in the days ahead.
Some of her critics find her PR blitz disgusting. They compare her to Nero fiddling as Rome burns. Or to Hitler waxing poetic about the glory of the Thousand-Year Reich as Marshal Zhukov’s armies were steamrolling their way to Berlin.
We are, in contrast, absolutely delighted.
Here is a president who is out of touch with reality and making every effort to make the public know about it.
She spins fairy tales about how the country is doing great under her watch. She blames everybody but herself for the gravest political crisis this country has seen since 1986. She even offers herself as the messiah who can deliver the people from the powerlessness and hopelessness inflicted by a corrupt, degenerate and dysfunctional political system by amending the Constitution.
Two months ago, people were already fed up with Gloria because of runaway prices and gouge-the-poor increases in power rates and taxes. But only a few, mostly from the Left, were calling for her resignation. Now it’s three out of four who want her out by whatever means – resignation, impeachment or overthrow.
Her response? This brazen and more organized lying all over the mass media. If there are folks out there who continue to give Gloria the benefit of the doubt, all they have to do is listen to her.
They’ll reach the conclusion soon enough the country is without a future with Gloria.