So, today is Nowrouz, the Persian New Year, the first day of spring. We get to be on vacation for many days. Personally, I don’t care for this holiday season much. I dislike nationalism as much as religion, and I find Muslims celebrating a holiday which was originally Zoroastrian stupid. I dislike the fact that I will have to see relatives and “friends” whom I have otherwise avoided because of this “tradition”, I dislike the fact that people get all lovey-dovey and hopeful, and I dislike the fact that everything gets more expensive, and I dislike the fact that I gain a lot of weight. But, everyone goes on vacations so Tehran gets much less crowded, which is very good. But this year, I can be happy for two reasons. One, the economic growth of Iran is now 0%, which means after so many years we’re finally out of negative growth. Second, Obama’s message.
Obama is my favorite American president. You may have your criticisms of him, with which I would most likely disagree, but when it comes to Iran he’s the most historic president. I LOVE – adore – his Nowrouz message this year. I love how he acknowledges the real meaning of Rouhani’s presidency, I love how he acknowledges the plights of Iranian people, I love his commitment to diplomacy. I’m very thankful that such a sane and rational man is in White House.