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Video Flashback: Menem Proposes Building Spaceship

April 22nd, 2011 | Categoría: Culture, Politics

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It was 1996 and anything, in then-president Carlos Menem’s mind at least, seemed possible, including the idea of building a spaceship that could fly from Argentina to Japan in 1.5 hours. Wouldn’t that be nice?

Menem had conquered inflation and now he was ready to conquer outer space. Too bad it was never built. Sometimes it takes me more than 1.5 hours just to get from the microcentro to Ezeiza.

Oh well. “Aim high or dont’ aim at all,” my grandma used to say. Actually, that’s not true. She never said that. But Carlos Menem really did say this:

“Within a short period of time, we are going to call for bids to build a system of space flights that, through a platform which might be built in the province of Córdoba, those space ships will leave the atmosphere, will return to the stratosphere, and from there will choose where they want to go, so that within an hour and a half we will be able to go from Argentina to Japan, Korea or any part of the world.”

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Pete BolliniNo Gravatar says:

Actually, Menem was not so far off the mark with his forecast of space travel. Take a look at Virgin travel’s real subspace aircraft here: http://goo.gl/scMa9

Julia AmanteNo Gravatar says:

In my opinion, Argentines are too quick to laugh at a wild idea rather than try to figure out how to make it a reality. I fully expect that in the future, my children will be traveling in some type of “spaceship” if that’s what we want to call it. If it’s not created in Argentina, it will be created somewhere.

JULIANNo Gravatar says:

Julia, we, argentinians, are a bit like you say and I also think the spaceship thing is going to be possible in future. However, I don’t believe that would have been possible at the time of Memem’s speech – it’s not even possible nowadays in Argentina, maybe in some other northern countries. I guess what people hated more from that speech was the stupidity of its pose, or in another word ‘DEMAGOGY’. Regards!

John GarganNo Gravatar says:

Carlos should have focused his energy on “steadying” the economy before the eventual collapse that was ALL down to him giving into the Yankee/NY “rich” club with massive loans, mass privatisations (eg YPF at next to nothing!) and false economies (One to One with the USD!)…. what a twat! Menem was the biggest disaster Argentina EVER had!

JulianNo Gravatar says:

I’m sure he was drunk that day… or on drugs… That’s one of the craziest things Menem ever said in public. I still remember it as if it was yesterday. The TV shows from those days had a blast making fun of him.

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