“In my view, history will be kind to Obama … he will stay in history and the hearts of many of us.” – Italian P.M. Renzi in moving farewell message

November 11, 2016

Europe, USA, World

 

“Let’s hope it’s a girl, to quote the title of an old movie. In the meantime, I think it’s only right to give Barack Obama due credit for these last eight years”  –

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi 

 

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi praised President Barack Obama’s eight-year administration and reiterated his support for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in a heartfelt Facebook post Monday.

 

[Translation at the bottom.]
THE FACEBOOK POST  
Matteo Renzi

on Monday

Sono ore decisive per gli Stati Uniti e quindi per il mondo. Tra qualche ora sapremo il nome del 45° presidente americano ed è ovvio che questa scelta influenzerà moltissimo il mondo dei prossimi quattro anni. Noi… speriamo che sia femmina, come recitava il titolo di un vecchio film. Ma mentre cala il sipario credo sia giusto riconoscere a Barack Obama i meriti per questi otto anni. Ovviamente saranno gli storici a definire le luci e le ombre della sua presidenza. Ma per me la storia sarà gentile con Obama perché l’ex senatore dell’Illinois ha saputo scrivere una pagina indelebile nella storia della politica.
Il primo presidente di colore, ad appena mezzo secolo di distanza dai fatti di Selma. L’uomo che ha investito sulla speranza contro il cinismo, che ha educato una generazione a provarci (Yes, we can), che ha prodotto con politiche di crescita un boom di crescita dell’occupazione, che ha investito molto su energia, innovazione e sanità.
Ci sono state polemiche sulla sua politica estera, lo sappiamo. Ma considero un grande successo l’operazione Cuba, giusta l’intuizione sull’Iran, strategica la necessità di una nuova politica commerciale globale. E condivido integralmente le parole di Obama sul ruolo e le potenzialità dell’Europa partendo dal cambio di passo su austerity e immigrazione.
Il punto è che Obama è stato un riferimento per chi crede nel sogno americano, per chi crede nel partito democratico, per chi crede nella politica. Per me è stato un grandissimo privilegio aver avuto la possibilità di lavorarci insieme e di confrontarsi in tante occasioni, dalle grandi questioni geopolitiche al rapporto tra fede e politica fino all’utilizzo dei social network. Il cittadino Obama sarà ancora utile alla politica mondiale, continuando a essere fonte di ispirazione e di confronto soprattutto per la nuova generazione. Ma il presidente Obama resterà nella storia e anche nel cuore di molti di noi.

 

Some photogaphs from a collection capturing Renzi and Obama at official functions that accompanied Renzi’s farewell message:

 

 

KEVIN LAMARQUE / REUTERS

U.S. President Barack Obama and Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at an official arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House on Oct. 18.

 

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi praised President Barack Obama’s eight-year administration and reiterated his support for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in a heartfelt Facebook post Monday.

Alongside a collection of photographs capturing Renzi and Obama at official functions, the Italian prime minister called Obama an “inspiration” and expressed his respect for the American leader’s vision.

“Of course, it will be historians who define the high and low points of his presidency. But in my view, history will be kind to Obama,” Renzi wrote.

Renzi referred to Obama as “the man who has invested in hope over cynicism, who has raised a generation to try (Yes, we can),” and praised his investment in energy, innovation and health care. He acknowledged that Obama’s foreign policy has not been without controversy, but hailed his policies in Cuba and Iran, and his contribution to the global economy.

The Washington Post’s style section recently named Renzi the “Justin Trudeau of Italy” — but he seems to share more than a fashion sense with his Canadian counterpart. Both leaders have developed something of a “bromance” with Obama.

Italy enjoys close relations with the U.S., and Obama invited Renzi to a state dinner on Oct. 18 — the last formal dinner of Obama’s presidency. At the event, the Italian prime minister declared that he was a “huge fan” of Obama and invited the first family to dine with him in Florence.

As populist conservative voices grow louder in Europe, Obama hosting a liberal leader who expresses support for nurturing U.S.-European ties indicates the legacy Obama hopes to leave behind. In his post, Renzi affirms that he shares Obama’s vision on “Europe’s general role and potential,” particularly with regard to austerity and immigration policies.

“For me it was a great privilege to have had the opportunity to work together and consult with each other on many occasions, from important geopolitical matters, to the relationship between faith and politics to the use of social networks,” he continued.

The Italian prime minister is clearly sad to see Obama go, but maintains that he will “stay in history and the hearts of many of us.”

He also expressed his apprehension over this week’s election: “Soon, we will know the name of the 45th U.S. president. It is obvious that this choice will tremendously impact the world over the next four years.”

Renzi backed Clinton’s bid for the presidency early on in the race. In Monday’s post, he shared his hope for the next U.S. president: “Let’s hope it’s a girl, to quote the title of an old movie.”

For more pictures from the FACEBOOK farewell message of an Obama “huge fan”, follow the link:  

https://www.facebook.com/matteorenziufficiale/photos/ms.c.eJxlzrENADEIQ9GNThgMgf0Xi5TiCtM~_yfBhSHofoCw5yA~_~;sChS1irwEfFUidJVx7ocuuL6zlHJ1bObu1bPK7zTKTKK.bps.a.10154287113499915.1073741835.113335124914/10154287116054915/?type=3&theater

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2016. 12:53 a.m. [GMT]

 

 

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