Thursday, November 6, 2008

only in America

i cannot believe what I have just heard.

i was so proud of America. i shed tears on tuesday – so deeply elated at the election result and the change such a decision represents.

then US journalist Chris Wallace, apparently anti-Obama with gusto throughout the presidential campaign, reminded me why Americans makes me cringe.

"it couldn't happen anywhere else in the world," he says, referring to the election of a black man as president.

'only in America' is a term we 'Rest-of-the-Worlds' usually reserve for acts of stupidly. acts like, say, for example, a thief leaving their identification behind at the scene of a crime or A MAN CLAIMING THE ELECTION OF A BLACK PRESIDENT COULDN'T HAVE HAPPENED ANYWHERE BUT AMERICA.

ahem. excuse me.

history lesson, Chris. it’s been 40 years since the American Civil Rights Movement. that’s 10 times longer than the four-year period between the conclusion of apartheid and the election of President Nelson Mandela (a black man, in case you were wondering) in South Africa.

you'll have to look to someone a lot smarter than me for further examples of why your patriotism is, in this instance, unfounded but, rest assured, there are plenty.

it's a lengthy vid. i know. but if you did sit through it, tell me, have i misunderstood the man? i'm willing to accept i might have but only because i am otherwise dumbfounded that an intelligent man (assumption made on the basis he's a journo - possibly incorrect) would make such an idiotic statement.

journalists. you can't believe a word they say.


Rick said...

Ahhh, what a tosspot! I can't believe he said that...fuck you're funny Ms Jacka. I wonder if you really realise that? That guy has made me really pissed off now. Perhaps unnecessarily so...but still.

Anonymous said...

He is right.

Only in America could a black man be voted president of America.

Simple logic.

But anywho... as to the underlying implications, he may well be right on a certain level. Not sure I could picture the French voting in an Arab / African as president, or the Germans, certainly not the Italians. The Brits maybe.

But yes, it is a deeply flawed assertion that smacks of exaggerated patriotism mixed with a poor grasp of world affairs.

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