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Meeting the President

October 13th, 2008 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Eight o'clock. Damascus. The National Orchestra was about to perform at the Opera House.

The audience were taking their seats – and then there was a growing whisper coming from the right hand side. The whisper grew to a chatter.

Down the steps walked a tall man in a grey suit, next to a blonde woman in a purple dress had just entered.

If you didn't know Syria you wouldn't know this was the President. There were no bodyguards and no glass screens. And not even a special seat. He took a place with the rest of the audience – ok, so it was the front row. But these were normal four-dollar seats – just five places in front of me.

At the end, the conductor called the President up on stage – he shook the hands of the performers and walked out – followed right behind by people trying to get his attention.

He spent half an hour talking to members of the public outside. And then left by the front door, and got in a normal car with his wife.


3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Abu Kareem // Oct 14, 2008 at 2.45 pm


    Nice touch on the part of the president. I only hope this attitude of humility can be adopted by all functionaries of the Syrian government.

  • 2 Rebellious Arab Girl // Oct 20, 2008 at 4.20 am

    Hello, I love your detailed account for your experience meeting the president. Very well written. I am acutally really interested in this article, and I would like your permission to use it for a new e-Magazine I am starting up that focuses on Arabs from generation X.

    This article would go under history/politics, and your first person perception of the event is so well written.

    Here is more info about the project if you are interested in sharing this article.

    Thank you a lot! I hope you will! :)

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