Monday, March 31, 2008

A Good Example

Apparently, Korea's new conservative president Lee Myung-bak, has told reporters that he will donate his entire presidnetial salary to the poor.

"I promised to spend my whole salary earned as a public official on public welfare," Lee told reporters. "My plan to donate the presidential salary to the underprivileged is an extension of that promise."

I'm impressed. And while it's more symbolic than anything else, so is a president's salary. I suspect that his next promise won't be discussed as much though.

During the election campaign, Lee, 66, vowed to donate his entire personal fortune of more than 30 billion won ($30.2 million) to the poor. He said at the time he would keep only a retirement house in Seoul.

I doubt that one...