The legacy

COMMENT

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 Wednesday 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 two-day 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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