Thursday, October 9, 2008

A Politician with a Sense of Humor

Nikola Pašić (PA-sheech) 1845 - 1926, was a politician and diplomat. He was the most important Serbian political figure in the country for almost 40 years, twice mayor of Belgrade (1890-91 and 1897), several times prime minister of Serbia (1891-92, 1904-05, 1906-08, 1909-11, 1912-18) and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (the future Yugoslavia) 1918, 1921-24, 1924-26). He was also an important politician in the Balkans who, together with his counterparts in Greece and Romania, managed to strengthen their small, still emerging national states against strong foreign influences, most notably from Austria, Hungary, Turkey, and Russia. This is all quite admirable in itself, but Pašić was also known for his sense of humor. I wonder if he'd think it was funny that there's often a pigeon on his head.

10 comments:

Louis la Vache said...

Good thing he had a sense of humor. In "Louis's" opinion, the pigeon has the right idea about what to do to politicians.....

richies said...

I am tiring of presidential politics here in the US and can't wait for the election to be over. I can think of a lot of politicians whom it would be appropriate if they had a pigeon on their head.

Virginia said...

Who said, "Some days you are the politician( statue) , some days you are the pigeon!" HA

Marie Reed said...

Are those white streaks on the top of his melon too? WOnderful!

Chuck Pefley said...

I suspect he probably doesn't care at this point, but IF he were alive then a strong opinion for sure :)

I posted pigeons today as well!

Webradio said...

Thank You for the history...
And cute photo...

Belgrade Daily Photo said...

I see you've changed your header, looks nice! I've been working on a new look for my blog too (not uploaded yet, though).

kouji | haiku said...

ah. the indignity of pigeon poop. :)

Virginia said...

For our politicians? Bring on the poop!

babooshka said...

He sounds like a fine man who would have approved of the pigeons perch. I think Serbians have a better understanding of history than the UK does now. The phrase" before my time"
is the lazy persons riposte.