Saturday 4 February 2012

The Next President?

I shall never understand American politics. I have checked out the definitions…

The symbol of the democrats is a donkey. Defined as

A domesticated hoofed mammal of the horse family with long ears and a braying call. An ass is a stupid or foolish person.


And the Republicans have an elephant. Defined as

A heavy plant-eating mammal with a prehensile trunk, long curved ivory tusks, and large ears. A white elephant is a rare, expensive possession that is a financial burden to maintain, and of dubious or limited value.


There are two front runner Republican candidates.

Mitt – defined as “a special type of glove for protecting a person's hand”


and also

Newt – defined as “a small semiaquatic amphibian, having a long slender body and tail and short feeble legs”


And they sort out who will be chosen by having caucuses

curiouser and curiouser!

And when they have chosen a President he has his own special song, ‘Hail to the Chief’ played with ‘Ruffles and Flourishes’

Hail to the Chief we have chosen for the nation,
Hail to the Chief! We salute him, one and all.
Hail to the Chief, as we pledge cooperation
In proud fulfilment of a great, noble call.

Let’s give a big hand to the next President!

It is all too confusing for me. I am rather glad to be British, I would rather have HM than POTUS and FLOTUS any day!


But I am sure my US friends are equally baffled by the behaviour of Ant and Dec Cameron and Clegg, and the Milliband Boys

cameron & clegg 2


...never forgetting the late lamented Lord Sutch!


I am happy to run for buses, or run for charity – but I don’t think I would want to run for office.


  1. It's terribly confusing - and a touch scary, as we share a border and from time to time a candidate takes a swing at Canada. As one Prime Minister said, years ago, 'it's like being in bed with an elephant' when the elephant shifts it has a huge impact on us!

  2. Despite their calls for a return to "conservative family values" it seems that in the primaries the predominantly white evangelical republicans of South Carolina preferred 3 times married and twice divorced racist Newt Gringrich to Mormon family man Mitt Romney !! Was it Romney's Mormonism rather than his tax evasion that bothered them most?

    Sad to see so many well-known right wing evangelicals in the US allying themselves with Murdoch's Fox News, the tea party brigade and Glenn Beck. They seem/claim to believe that President Obama is (a) a Muslim (b)a Socialist and that (c) providing free basic health care to all is somehow anti Biblical !!

    British politics is in a mess too but generally we don't assert that God is on the side of our political preferences.


  3. You're so clever to put all this together. Well, really, you're just so clever full stop. Or comma. Or elipsis? Very lovely reading you, as always. Think I have too mny commas usually. This has been a recurring theme. Mind you, my speling is falling to pieces, so the punctuation might as well go to pot as well! Love the Message verse at the side. Therein lies a tale?

  4. Thats because evvangelicals consider mormonism or mormons to be a cult. Straight up.

    Michelle Obama is a gracious and noble person.

    America heavily financed England in their time of need in World War II. How quick the world forgets that they might be speaking German now....instead of English.


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