The presidency becomes her. Stunt by stunt.
Last Wedenesday, she renationalized Yanukovych’s Mezhyhirya residence — a 137 hectare (339 acre) property privatized in a shadowy scheme with Yushchenko’s help.
This royal gift had remained a non-negotiable until her grand coalition talks with Yanukovych collapsed, wiping the slate clean.
She wants to be clean again. Her frenemy will be a dirty word as she struggles to position herself back into the jungle of her voters’ hearts.
PM Yulia Tymoshenko: Well, it’s understood that the coming year of 2010 is the year of the white tiger. Therefore, I understand this gift is a certain mascot for the coming year of 2010. And I can say it firmly that I already dream of taking him somewhere to talks, especially when he grows up a little bit [giggles].
Host: A special gift!
Tymoshenko: I think...I think he’ll say everything convincingly. I also think he can be appointed...adviser to the PM on combat...[giggles] Judging by his appearance, he likes it [giggles] but I think that such little gifts [giggles] can really be a lucky mascot for the year 2010. I want to thank you, and I think that the year [says год in Russian]...the year [quickly corrects herself with рік in Ukrainian] of the white tiger will be a successful one for Ukraine and for every one of you.
Whey not gift her with a salamander? Or with a flock of silent lambs?
Oh, by the way, she had a cargo plane named after her.