The President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus changes the settings of his annual presidential speech. Usually, we have seen Klaus next to his little speech-table in the presidential study room, accompanied by the sound of Smetana’s Libuse. 1st January 2008 should be different – Klaus will be at the Prague Castle courtyard, people standing behind him.
The president so chooses the typical setting of American presidents speeches, with a clear message: people are behind me, they support me. And why he would do that? This is the fifth speech, so the last one in his functional period. And the speech comes a month before the presidential elections, where he wants to succeed as the future head of the state.
His endeavor is interesting in the context of not agreeing with a television debate with Svejnar. He stated it would be contra-productive to the present state, as he has 281 supporters in the parliament.