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Imelda still showing that she’s good for a laugh…or a cry

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.

4 Comments on “Imelda still showing that she’s good for a laugh…or a cry”

  1. #1 jasmin
    on Mar 19th, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    How do you know that they die a peaceful death?

  2. #2 dheera
    on Mar 20th, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Mobuto, Ferdinand Marcos, Idi Amin - just a few egs of dictators who died in their luxurious homes surrounded by family and protected by unfair immunity.

  3. #3 Dev Narayan
    on Mar 23rd, 2010 at 5:08 am

    Imelda Marcos is an enigma. Sometimes people get intoxicated with drugs and hallucinate. Some people like Imelda seems to get intoxicated with a strange hallucinatory world of their own creation. They seem to live in that imaginary world and try to impose and imitate that world in real. What keeps them going and how their mind works will surely make an interesting study. Understanding the psyche of people like Imelda Marcos would be a reasonable challenge for the psychologists to deal with. Such a study would be of much help for future populations to escape the misery these sorts of people bring along with them to life. People of the sorts of Imelda live on the verge of sanity, a step closer to insanity puffing its enticingly warm aroma all around them. When the energy of insanity swirls around them who could ever care how these pathetic, insensitive, laughable beings meet their well hoped for end!

  4. #4 jasmin
    on Mar 23rd, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Luxurious homes and immunity does not save one from the demons of the mind and feeling of of conscious or subconscious guilt. One may be living in a luxurious home surrounded by family and friends and still be in the hell of the haunting past; and one may live under the greenwood tree and still be in paradise. Prisons of mind are far more torturing when sleep eludes and peace of mind vanishes.The judgement of God is harsher than the judgement of man-made courts. I am not absolving Imelda of her errors of judgement but was just wondering that we cannot say that they died peacefully. God bless them too. Taj Mahal too left millions of people starved. The Royals are like that!!! And Shahjahan died a lonely and unhappy man!!

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