Posted December. 30, 2005 03:21,
President Roh Moo-hyun said he would make more of an effort to reach out to the public next year at a year-end dinner with Cheong Wa Dae correspondents Wednesday. Watching all those photos of the past year that are displayed on the first floor of the hall, I felt that I have been out of touch with public, he said.
Roh has been avoiding close contact with public so far, calling it image politics. He even complained at a meeting with editorial writers of central media companies on August 31 that when I make comparisons to explain political situations, those particular comments are often quoted out of context by the media. Why would I go out and meet with them?
The change in his attitude is viewed as a preparatory move to improve his support rate by increasing contact with public next year, his fourth in office.