Carlos Alberto Montaner asks about the hystrionic Green, Is this showoff fit to be Colombia’s president?
Antanas Mockus, the leading candidate in the next elections in Colombia, is a peculiar man.
He has a well-earned reputation as a mathematical genius and an honest official. He was twice mayor of Bogotá, a job he performed gloriously, leaving a trail of extravagant efficacy.
The problem is that his personal puzzle contains a disquieting piece for someone who’s running for president of his country. Mockus displays a clear personality disorder: He’s a show-off.
He had his picture taken in a Superman costume; as a university dean, he bared his bum to some students who shouted at him while he delivered a speech; for some unknown reason (it isn’t easy to find an explanation for this), he urinated publicly on a university lawn; and he was married in the main ring of a circus.
There appear to be other, similar episodes, but these are the ones the press has cited most frequently.
Is it worrisome to have a president who’s afflicted with histrionics?
Especially if the neighboring president also has the same affliction?
It’s not for nothing that I call the weekly news and blog post roundup on our hemisphere “the CARNIVAL of Latin America and the Caribbean.”