Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Did anyone else see BBC Newsnight last evening? Locally, it runs on C-SPAN2 at 10pm. Last night the discussion was about Bush's visit. After viewing, I now understand why so many Brits have a bad opinion of President Bush. The thinly-veiled insults were flying all over the place, voiced in the typical British subdued "yes-i-am-slashing-someone-but-don't-i-look-dead-serious" manner.
My favorite part was where some Labour MP was talking about the dichotomy of America. I paraphrase: "There really are two Americas. On the coasts, the people have a more international outlook, are more accomodating, more giving. In the center of the country there's more nationalism and a tangible air of self-righteousness."
The internationalists on the coasts are more giving, eh? Maybe this needs further publicity.