Constantinovits Milan: Presidential Affairs from Göncz to Novák

We started from the deep: the public metro road was long from Árpád Göncz to Katalin Novák.

The inauguration ceremony of Hungary’s first President of the Republic of Hungary can be considered symbolic. The participating celebrities also symbolized the fate and importance of the family, the Hungarians abroad and the Roma communities. It was a perceptible indication to a country that the new president intends to represent national unity.

If we look through the presidency of our recent history, perhaps Katalin Novák has the only historical opportunity to:

really every Hungarian can feel like their own head of state.

Árpád Göncz could be felt most by the SZDSZ and his moon yard, he could never undress the political motivation for his appointment. Let’s just say he didn’t really want to, because wherever he could, he lay cross-legged with the already tight-lipped, often stumbling Antall cabinet. Just as a reminder, the MDF vetoed the bill seven times and did not approve the appointments of József Antall. Meanwhile, during the Horn era, he used political vetoes in only two cases, but never constitutional.

He was the catalyst for one of the most repulsive attempts to overthrow the government, the taxi blockade, and a year later introduced an amnesty law to participants. The entire operation of Árpád Göncz reduced the presidency to a current political game. (We will now omit the ziccer, so that the Lord of the Rings compiler, especially that from Updike The Witches of Eastwick perhaps even better in his interpretation.)

Ferenc Mádl’s five-year activity has largely remained under the media radar, in the absence of glaring legal cases, interventions and political declarations

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it was undeservedly in the gray zone of public memory.

This, of course, does not detract from the presidential performance of consistently following the law and demanding this behavior from all actors. However, his balanced character, striving for stability and consensus-building, locked him in an ivory tower, so he could be much less enthusiastic about him or just put him in the crosshairs than László Sólyom.

The reign of Sólyom, who was elected by a simple majority against Katalin Szili for the third run, merged primarily with the green affairs, and the struggle for the peonies of Zengő and Banat blinds her generally strong positions. The presidential activity perceived as civil activism was mainly articulated in gesture politicization:

handshakes, the wise refusal to award Gyula Horn, the attempt to unveil a statue in Révkomárom and others.

And in the last ten years, he has appeared in public, taking on the ungrateful role of a disillusioned conservative intellectual.

Pál Schmitt, who had a diplomatic and sports career commanding authority, became a cheerful, close-knit resident of the Alexander Palace, but the plagiarism case left its mark on his short presidential career.

Together with János Áder, he became the head of state of Hungary with a completely different habit, radiating calmness and consideration, who crowned his long and successful political career with his ten-year presidency. His public activity was characterized by a constructive critical attitude, and his stability and calmness were not initiated by the attacks on his person, often from Alpar. He was committed to a conservative climate policy that had been in short supply here for a long time. Katalin Novák can have a successful decade behind her, and her work can be made even closer to people.

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Novák’s involvement in the government so far is intertwined with the policy of family support, the modalities, scale and efficiency of which can be disputed, but at the same time its goal system and the pioneering nature of its initiatives are beyond dispute. His integrative personality and the matters he has portrayed so far may result in a nationwide consensus. The statements condemning the Russian aggression can certainly provide an encouraging basis for this.

It may be possible to continue the path opened by János Áder,

which shapes public thinking with valuable resolutions, but also does not shape the presidency into a political actor. And her open, jovial, yet determined real-political character may make her the first female head of state to really be everyone’s president. So the historical opportunity is given, let’s see the coming years!