Until last weekend I thought that Barack Obama would be the obvious choice for the American electorate come the US elections in November – young, vibrant, ready to change the country for the better. I have seen the speeches where he looks more presidential than anyone else out there, seen him engage in shuttle diplomacy around Europe, the Middle East, Iraq and Afghanistan like a President-elect. In Britain, McCain hardly registers in the news – the old man surely doesn’t stand a chance. Or does he? (Hell, the guy would be coming up for 80 after a first term in office…)
Two articles appeared last weekend, one a excerpt from Michael Moore’s new book and the other an opinion piece, which show things are a lot closer than one might expect:
This is too close for comfort. Conditions in Iraq are steadily improving. The US economy may have hit bottom, and with oil and gas prices dropping and even the dollar inching back up, it’s possible voter bitterness towards Republicans will subside enough to let McCain sneak into office.
People around the world can only pray that Americans elect the right person. We dared to hope the last time, only to get the same two-bit fuck-wit idiot blighting our lives for another four years. Trouble is, when we try to help, we don’t always get the most pleasant responses:
I don’t give a rat’s ass if our election is going to have an effect on your worthless little life. I really don’t. If you want to have a meaningful election in your crappy little island full of shitty food and yellow teeth, then maybe you should try not to sell your sovereignty out to Brussels and Berlin, dipshit. Oh, yeah – and brush your goddamned teeth, you filthy animals.
Real Americans aren’t interested in your pansy-ass, tea-sipping opinions. If you want to save the world, begin with your own worthless corner of it.
Keep your noses out of our business. As I recall we kicked your asses out of our country back in 1776. We do not require input from losers and idiots on who we vote for in our own country. Fuck off and die asshole!!!!!
KEEP YOUR FUCKIN’ LIMEY HANDS OFF OUR ELECTION. HEY, SHITHEADS, REMEMBER THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR? REMEMBER THE WAR OF 1812? WE DIDN’T WANT YOU, OR YOUR POLITICS HERE, THAT’S WHY WE KICKED YOUR ASSES OUT.
Or the rather more sedate:
Mind your own flipping business.
Democrats, please don’t screw it up. Deliver the US President that a 21st century world needs.
• How to blow it – Michael Moore
• The Observer: If the Democrats want Obama to win, they have to get rough
• The Guardian (2004 US election): Dear Limey assholes
• The Sunday Times: High noon in duel for White House
• The Guardian: Obama bloodied by Team McCain in electoral cage fight
• The Sunday Times: Barack Obama opts for ‘bare-knuckle fighter’ Joe Biden
• The Guardian: A chancer’s choice
A more perfect union speech:
Obama in Berlin:
PS. If you sort your guys out, we’ll sort out ours – OK?