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The Park Geun-hye Era Begins

Technically, Park Geun-hye’s term officially began at midnight, but she was sworn in this morning.

Read her inauguration address (in English) here.

Park wants to oversee a “Second Miracle on the Han River.” It’s am ambitious goal, to be sure. My expect considerably less from politicians, though. As long as she doesn’t completely screw up the place over the next five years, I’ll count it as a successful term.

Good luck to her and her team, though. I mean that sincerely.

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  • yuna_at_marmotshole

    Park gets two Jindo puppies as parting gifts to take with her to the Blue House from the Samsung-dong Jumins (people who live in Samsung dong).

    Here’s hoping she sees the world in their loyal eyes and closes down all of Robert’s favourite joints and enforces it to stay that way (and NOT do a Homer and a Pinchy thing).

  • gumiho

    The thing my wife was most interested in seeing during the whole ceremony: PGH wearing a Hanbok
    Funniest thing: when one of the MBC (I think) announcers saw his mother in the crowds lining the street.

  • dlbarch

    It’s finally fully sinking in that PGH is actually Korea’s president. Well, if the Americans can elect W. twice (well, once, anyway), then I guess Korea should be allowed its own momentary lapses in sanity as well.

    Anyway, we’re gonna need a nickname for the administration for the next five years. I’m going with “Yushin II.”

    DLB

  • bumfromkorea

    I sincerely hope that I’m dead wrong when I completely agree with your sentiment. I really, genuinely hope that, in five years, I’d be going “Man, what the hell was I thinking five years ago?”. I know it’s already looking a bit bleak, but a man can hope.

  • AED

    They say PGH may be an atheist. Which is nice to hear if true. On a separate note, I wonder how the average North Korean is taking the news of a woman coming into power in S. Korea.

  • dlbarch

    It will be interesting to see whether Ushin2 keeps her campaign promise to be less hard-line than the 2MB administration toward NK, or whether she comes to some realization that being a woman requires her to be even more reactionary toward Pyongyang, particularly after the little marshal’s recent nuke test.

    The last presidential election was so overwhelmingly focused on domestic issues that it’s hard to tell what specific peninsular polities Ushin2 will eventually follow. But if she truly sees herself as a Margaret Thatcher or Golda Meir figure, then I don’t see much room for any real push toward some form of rapprochement with the North coming from Seoul anytime soon.

    DLB

  • redwhitedude

    Was this even worth watching?

  • http://www.rjkoehler.com Robert Koehler

    Here’s hoping she sees the world in the loving eyes of the growing pups and closes down all of Robert’s favourite joints and enforces it to stay that way

    She does that and she won’t have to worry about the North Koreans because I’ll lead a coup myself.

    * For 국보법상 reasons, I want to make clear I am just joking.

    * Nice to see you back, yuna. Was wondering what we’d done to piss you off.

  • creo69

    Congrats…looking forward to this chick feeding the establishment their wrinkled little balls.

  • yuna_at_marmotshole

    Was wondering what we’d done to piss you off.

    Tacit sanctioning for the practice of dogfarming, using the wrong romanization and harboring resentment against the Japanese trivially.
    :)
    Just kidding – not specifically you but the entity of Korea itself. It would be hard for you to piss me off. I think you are as good as Korea will get – an impartial clearheaded convener between the crazies.

  • stereo

    Very slow.
    The election took place on December 19, and she took office 68 days later on February 25.
    In Japan, election took place on December 16, and Mr. Abe took office 10 days later on December 26.

  • stereo

    Is Yushin 維新?
    It is the same name as the ultra right wing Ishihara and Hoshimoto’s party in Japan.

  • dlbarch

    Yup, I think so. The hanja/kanji are the same. (Nice catch.)

    On the other hand, I would think “restoration” is a popular euphemism for political thugs of all stripes, especially if what they’re “restoring” is their own return to power!

    DLB

  • yuna_at_marmotshole

    These Baka Koreans, not content with Pepero/Pocky they even went and copied political ideolgical labelling from the Japanese..eh? Surely somebody should alert the Japanprobe should do another post on this.

  • que337

    I do not think PGH administration is “yushin II” which is a mischaracterization simply based on blood-line. She is not a dictator who committed yushin to elongate a regime nor had a military career. She well knows the tragic ends of dictatorship. Koreans also remember her in the fond memory of her gracious mother. I like how she started campaign by visiting her father’s political opponents. I hope Mr. Moon, even though he was defeated at the presidential election, be present at the inauguration. Koreans chose PGH because they were afraid of “Roh MH II.” I wish best to PGH administration.

  • que337

    I do not think PGH administration is a “yushin II” which is a mischaracterization of her. She is not a dictator who committed yushin to elongate a regime nor did she have a military career. She well knows tragic ends of dictatorship. Koreans also remember her in fond memory of her gracious mother. I like she started presidential campaign by visiting her father’s political opponents. I hoped Mr. Moon be present at the inauguration, which he did not. Koreans chose PGH for fear of “RMH II.” I wish her the best.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBCcefwl-cQ

    PS. why this comment was deleted? I wrote this second time.

  • Arghaeri

    It’s traditional to give the previous administration plenty of time to remove any incriminating documents.

  • que337

    It depends on country. The presidential election of the US took place on Nov. 6, 2012 and Mr. Obama re-inaugurated on Jan 20, 2013. It took over 70 days before retaking the office.

  • redwhitedude

    I take it people who call her administration “yushin II” are the same crowd that keep calling her the dictator’s daughter eventhough she is that. I prefer to give her a fresh start. She has lost her mother and father as well as having to cope with the drug issues of her younger brother. Some people somehow seem to ignore the personal tragedies that she has gone through. It’s not like she was involved in the coup in 1961 and all the repression that her father subjected the country.

  • bumfromkorea

    That’s exactly what I thought… right up until when she started defending her father’s Yushin/coup d’etat legacy during the election year.

    Again, I sincerely hope that PGH will be such a great president that I’d feel foolish in 5 years for worrying. I really do.

  • stereo

    How many percentages of South Koreans know how “Geun” in her name is written in Chinese character and what it means? I am just curious.

  • redwhitedude

    Maybe she interpreted the attacks on yushin as a personal attack. I notice certain people take this personally maybe because their family were victimized by it.

  • bumfromkorea

    I hope that is the case. It’s not unlikely that PGH reacted that way (rather than responded that way) because PCH is her father – one that was suddenly taken away from her no less. I’m just very concerned about the logical implication that arises from her (more so than anyone else, if unfairly) defending the Yushin era – it’s one thing to be a dictator’s daughter… it’s quite another to be a dictator’s successor.

  • Jack Large