With his back to Congress - "the caste" - and in front of the people who blew up the ballot boxes - his main political capital - Javier Milei will inaugurate his presidency this Sunday with a presentation and a speech of impact. Without naming the culprits, he will present a dramatic emergency scenario, the worst in history, to send a message with a double purpose: he will sow hope to the people that the time has come – the "now or never" – but he will warn them that it will not be easy and will ask them for time. He will demand that politics not obstruct because otherwise "this will explode."
The official schedule managed by the Military House sets only 10 minutes for the time of the speech. "It's going to be a little more," La Libertad Avanza said. Although they don't think it's more than half an hour. He never gave long speeches.
The most optimistic say that there will be half a million people in and around Congress Square. They even report that buses are coming with militants from the Interior. Indeed, Milei performed well in the City and the Province, but swept districts such as Santa Fe, Córdoba, San Luis, and Mendoza.
Preparations in the Congress for Milei's inauguration.
Despite the prevailing anxiety, it is not expected that in his speech he will announce concrete government measures, althoughthey do not rule out that he will sign his first decree - which will be of economic tenor - on Sunday or Monday at the latest. The presentation and sending of the omnibus bill to Congress would take until midweek. In principle, they did not finalize all the details of the text where the main reforms that Milei wants to promote will be.
Regardless of what he says in his first speech, there will be rapid rearrangements. A fare increase, an adjustment in the expenses of the policy, the removal of subsidies for trains and buses – it would be gradual – among other measures and corrections.
Javier Milei received King Felipe VI before taking office. Photo: EFE/José Giménez.
The writing of the speech is open until the last minute. The text is handled obsessively by Milei himself. He keeps him under lock and key and only his advisor and friend Santiago Caputo, whom Milei defined as "the architect of the triumph," have access; his sister Karina, who has just received a public endorsement from him in the midst of strong internal tensions; and Guillermo Francos, the main political arm at this stage of his meteoric career.
As Clarín reported, detailing the inheritance and managing expectations is part of the initial idea. It was advice that Mauricio Macri himself gave him from the experience of his administration and Milei took it as a commandment.
However, it will not limit the inheritance to a government or to Kircherism in general. "The problem is not just the last four years, but the last 20 years," they say. Despite the fact that "burying Kirchnerism" was one of their campaign slogans, at this time when they need to build consensus to get votes in Congress, it is not convenient for them to delve into sterile discussions.
The detail of the situation has more to do with managing expectation and protecting the contract with your constituent. The campaign had moments of grandiloquent promises, such as dollarization and the closure of the Central Bank, which in the face of the reality of power take on another aspect.
Milei will thus have the difficult task of exposing the harsh reality and acknowledging the "consequences" that change will bring, but having to avoid a message of fear or discouragement.
"The hope is that this is a historic moment. The real change of epoch," they predict in liberalism.
But they acknowledge that there will be consequences. An important reference in the space explains it with a phrase popularized by the liberal economist Milton Friedman: "There are no free lunches."
In his last public appearances, Milei has already opened the umbrella. He assured that "the foundations are laid for a hyperinflation that next to Alfonsín's was a little porotito", predicted that "there is going to be stagflation" and spoke of extended terms of up to 18 or 24 months to see positive results in inflation levels.
The other big message will be aimed at the allied political forces and, above all, the opposition, so that they do not put obstacles in the wheel. "If they're not going to support it, let them run because if they don't, this will blow up, there's no more margin."
With legislators, however, he starts off on the wrong foot if he ignores them and does not speak in front of the Legislative Assembly. There were those who wanted to warn him that it was not a good idea, but Milei did not give in. Those close to him raise it as a "minor" issue, not an institutional problem but, in any case, a "manners" problem.
Despite their minorities in Congress, libertarians are not giving up. They believe that Javier Milei is the ideal person to do "what everyone knows has to be done and no one dares to say it". In other words, the dirty work. And that many who are realizing that are beginning to look at what their position will be with different eyes.