Feb 18th, today was the President day in United States of America.
Lately, more often than not, we found ourselves to talk more about the Presidency, due partly to ongoing presidential primary election in US.
What does president mean to people, then?
A top leader of the nation or administration?
A chief commander of national force?
A representative figure of individual nation?
Of course, they are all true.
However, that is not good enough to be a president.
It should be more than that.
That is, I believe, a clear vision and leadership.
The president should be the person who can give people hopes and dreams with such a virtue.
While commemorating this special day, I think of the president of Memory for South Korea.
According to recent survey, the late former president, Park Chung-hee is still regarded as the most brilliant and remembered president of South Korea. He was the one who led the rapid industrialization of South Korea during the 1960-70's. His stretegies were very timely and appropriate at that period. Without him, it is hardly explicable about Korean economic growth. Certainly, he was the leader who tried to give hope to people. I value high of him in this respect.
Admittedly, his debut to Korean politics was dramatic. Since he took power by means of military Coup. Besides, his authoritarian leadership style often criticised as a undemocratic dictator, as seen in Yushin constitution. Some tend to underestimate his reign as a dark era of human rights for this reason. His evalutaion is still a controversial issue. Even it was one of the key issue of recent Korean presidential election, too.
I do not think that it is fair to judge him based on one aspect.
Instead, it is time for us to accept his presidency in a more dispassionate way.
Both his accomplishment in economic sector and his wrongdoing should not be underestimated.