By Dandew Serbello - October 15, 2001
I am pleased and encouraged by some of
the interesting and very touching emails I receive from you. The nostalgic memoirs and recollections the pseudonym
Dandew Serbello brings relating to the radio commentaries I used to write for Sunday Morning Radio shows in those good old days when even some of you were small kids and the realization that some of us old codgers are still kicking around is something I really cherish and enjoy. I love you all and still follow you wherever you go as long as I live with this new gadget of communication technology.
Lt. Girma may not be familiar to some of you, as you may have not lived long enough yet to reckon him. He could be my father's contemporary and I am approaching my late fifties. That afternoon all the cameras focused on him in the House as he sat silent with supine indifference unperturbed by what was going on in the House. He was rather phlegmatic and remained calm until he was ushered to the podium for the official transfer of position at the helm of the supreme power, at least theoretically. He gave me the impression that he was just a casual intruder who happened to get in passing oblivious of what was going on in the House. The whole thing was quite a show and a successful play, I would say.
The day wore out and we old friends met at our usual hangouts to exchange views. To my surprise, people were not moved at all by the day's political drama. They tended to listen to the second day
of anti-terrorist bombing in Afghanistan; the news emphatically being articulated by the veteran
Alemneh Wassie, who is nowadays engaged in every day news cast since September 11th. I couldn't help but laughing at the hilarious drama as the whole episode proved to be. I am not in any way implying anything against
Lt. Girma, but it baffles me why he of all people in the House is chosen to bear the burden of leadership in his dying days as he proved it when he hardly stepped down the platform to lurk back to where he came from. The other comment during the foretold election ceremony was the outgoing president's pleasure in learning that the transfer of power was smooth and peaceful! Keep smiling!!
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