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By Dinesh Wagle
Wagle Street Journal, American Edition
“Waw..,” she couldn’t hide her excitement. She was constantly saying “wow”and “waou” and “hum” as he was speaking about the relationship of private citizens in public life. I don’t know who she was but I could easily guess she was an American woman in the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion of Los Angeles’s famous Music Center “Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County”. And the speaker was Bill Clinton, the former president of the United States. People had gone there buying tickets just to listen to what Clinton had to say. I was privileged enough to have a complimentary ticked as I am traveling to the United States as a guest of the State Department. Humm… After staying in Washington DC about four days I am in the city of LA. Traffic? Even my friend who lives in San Francisco and Palm Springs found it difficult to navigate through all those entrance and exits of Free Ways and Highways. Touched the sea water for the first time in life in Santa Monica Beach and went to Hollywood. Yea, went to the Mc Donald’s in DC and had a Big Mac but I am not thinking of going back again. Went to an American house, saw the lifestyle. Went with an American youngster and interacted about the young life in America.
Journalism and Democracy? That’s what my program is all about. But who cares about tall those theoretical aspects of the profession when journalists are being arrested and beaten back in home. Again, the Clinton speech. He talked about the importance of private citizens in public life citing the examples of how Bill Gates and Bono (and the Time Magazine cover about them). He also talked about the importance of Internet via which private citizens can contribute in public operations. That was a good speech. And the way he presented his views was really fascinating. He was actually feeling the pulse of his audiences. When they felt bored he would crack a joke or two and the people in the hall (a big one, really) would laugh.
Two beautiful girls were seated just in front of me and I was keenly observing their body language (no, with all good intentions!) as Clinton was speaking in the Pavilion. For them, that was a really great movie and they didn’t want to miss a single word that Clinton uttered. I wanted to talk to them but for some unknown reasons didn’t feel like talking to them about the speech and their visit to the Music Center. Probably I was too shy to talk with girls at the moment! I don’t know. But I was surprised to see everyone in the hall seemed to be enjoying the speech to the fullest. I was really amazed to see how Clinton successfully captured the complete attention of his audiences. Yea, that was like watching a movie without even moving your body. That was truly a prefect blend of politics and appeal of a celebrity.
Anyway, I had to know the American perspective about the speech culture anyway. So I looked for a gentleman whom I could ask the question and get a satisfactory answer. I found a man standing on the first floor of the pavilion. “Well,” the man replied, “I don’t know why Americans pay to listen to a politician because I am a British and I came here because I like him and I worked here in the US when he was President. His successor destroyed all he established in those eight years in White House.”
To my surprise, it turned out that this man had done a trekking in Annapurna circuit and spent a few days in Kathmandu.
Personal Note: I posted this from University of Southern California. I am staying in a hotel called Omni Hotels. Room no. 824. Phone: 213 617 3300 Will be here for the next five days.