This scene does not happen in the streets of the USA, Israel, or in the streets of any Arab state. I worked as a journalist for over twenty years in the Middle East and Palestine. I have not seen in my life an Arab President or leader who has the self-confidence to walk in a street with all humility and respect, greeting his citizens. I have never seen the President of another country pass the streets without armored cars, soldiers, police and secret service people directing their guns at the heads of the citizens. I have never seen one President who dared to pass through the streets before closing them to the people and stopping the traffic. I have never seen an Arab President or leader smiling at the face of journalists or citizens, or even thanked them.
Yesterday, on my way back home, I saw the Austrian President Dr. Heinz Fischer walking with all humility, respect and confidence in himself and with a big smile on his face greeting his citizens in the street. I did not hesitate to make some photos of the Dr. Fischer. The President said with a big smile “passt schon” (“It’s OK”). Nobody screamed at me, nobody forcibly pushed me out of the way of President Fischer. He was walking without army or military police pointing their rifles at the people in the street. A state of emergency was not declared during the time while President Dr. Fischer was walking, the traffic did not stop, the people were not evacuated by force from the streets.
Such things only happen in the Arab States, the United States, in Israel and in other countries which are ruled by repressive regimes, by military dictatorships, regimes of injustice.
Dr. Fischer came down the stairs and then went up the stairs from the other side, walking like all other people. He continued walking to his home. President Fischer wrote the history of himself and his country with honestly, on a golden page which everybody likes. He loves his people and his people love him. This is our president Dr. Fischer and this is Austria. I wish that all other countries would have a President like this one we have in Austria.