Imelda Marcos is 81 and still hasn’t lost her ability for absurdity. Check out this video – the best 6 minutes of entertainment I’ve had all day.
Amongst other gaspers, the former First Lady of the Philippines claims to have been responsible for the moment the Cold War ended - when she allowed Mao Zedong to kiss her hand. She feels the 9/11 attacks were God’s retribution to the US for letting Ferdinand Marcos down; she knows this because the date of the attack is the same as her late husband’s birthday. And my particular favourite… she recounts asking the poor of her shanty towns why in such a beautiful country, did they have such ugly houses. They answer: “Madame, we are so poor, all we have is bamboo and coconuts.” Imelda’s riposte: “So I built a bamboo mansion and a coconut palace,” to show them that it could indeed be done if they only had her eye for beauty.
She shows her defiance by claiming that she now owns many more than the original 3,000 pairs of shoes that came to symbolize the greed of the Marcos regime. She lives in a swish condo surrounded by priceless art from the Masters, and a great part of her legendary clothes and jewelry collection.
She staunchly believes that she still has the enduring love of the people she and her husband spent their lives stealing from.
My lifelong quest is to find an answer to one of the great mysteries of our big round world: why the world’s most excessive, grasping, egotistical and dangerously greedy leaders usually die peaceful deaths from old age in their comfortable beds surrounded by luxury bought in blood.