The legacy

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It has be­come clear by now that the prin­ci­pal rea­son be­hind the visit of out­go­ing US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama to Athens was for him to de­liver his mes­sage to an in­ter­na­tional au­di­ence, and, to the Amer­i­can pub­lic in par­tic­u­lar, from the place where democ­racy was born. The con­tent of the vale­dic­tory speech Pres­i­dent Obama de­liv­ered yes­ter­day at the new Stavros Niar­chos Foun­da­tion Cul­tural Cen­ter – in which he paid homage to the demo­cratic sys­tem – his visit to the Acrop­o­lis, even the time he chose to de­liver his ad­dress, all prove the above point. What also emerges from Pres­i­dent Obama’s two­day visit to the Greek cap­i­tal is the mag­ni­tude of the legacy be­stowed on Greece by the coun­try’s an­cient fore­bears. Thanks to this rich past and her­itage the coun­try still en­joys a cer­tain sta­tus in the global arena – whether or not this is some­thing its own peo­ple rec­og­nize. One day, we too should honor this legacy.

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