i’m quite fascinated by this website about the US presidential inauguration that i came across today. a post about the inauguration luncheon’s menu brought me there. do you know that they have all the recipes presented and even got the wines listed? then i began clicking through the other pages. it’s full of information, from the history to the bibles used, and they even explained why january 21 is the date. it’s really interesting. i was just a bit disappointed that they didn’t upload the official photographs there, but it just takes a click or two to find them on the white house website.

i don’t have particular sentiments towards americans, but i find these little personal touches to their government and political figures quite amiable.

then i began thinking what about our leaders? i did a little research. our chief executive’s inauguration was pretty much summed up in a press release of four paragraphs, and we also get to know his full speech. what about the president of PRC? i tried searching quite a while on the official PRC government website and google, i could find his speech in a number of news websites, but otherwise no other information. i finally found something interesting after more research. it’s the inauguration website of the taiwan president. of course the information is much more basic there compared to the US one.

while the scale of the inauguration or nation/place contributes to the difference, i guess mentality is certainly another thing. telling people the menu and recipes? i just don’t think the subject is ever on the mind of some people.

and i wonder, does the difference have anything to do with how the leader was selected? i am waiting to witness the inauguration of our chief executive in 2017.


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