Students see what it’s like to be president
BEIRUT: President Michel Aoun opened the doors of the presidential palace to a visit by dozens of Lebanese students Monday, despite the flurry of political activity that has followed the resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
Students from the Bekaa Valley town of Anjar, north Lebanon’s Tripoli, south Lebanon’s Sidon and the Metn town of Qornet Shehwan were invited to visit Baabda Palace ahead of Independence Day on Nov. 22. Aoun upheld the tradition despite current political tensions.
This year’s ceremony was different from previous years in that students were given historical lessons on Lebanon’s independence as well geographical lessons. Students were also given lessons on the Lebanese Army and the history of Baabda Palace.
Students also took a tour of the palace and met the president, a statement from Aoun’s office reported.
Sitting in official meeting rooms, students voiced their hopes for a “safe and stable” Lebanon, exchanging comments about issues such as the water and electricity crises and the environment.
A student from Saint Joseph School in Qornet Shehwan quoted Lebanese poet Gibran Khalil Gibran in a speech to the president: “If Lebanon was not my country, I would have chosen Lebanon to be my country,” the student recited.
The student added, addressing Aoun: “We are the students of Mar Youssef School and we know that you are watching our country, embracing its freedom and growth.” –
Students take a tour of the palace and meet the president.