Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Elections

Everyone here is American today. There were local elections here in Ma'aleh Adumim for mayor - and Hubby and I voted last minute. Each for different candidates. For the city council - he was like - I voted "Lamed", what was it, he asked. I told him you probably voted for the ultra-orthodox or something extreme or for a Russian party. Inside the voting booth here, the volunteers were asking us whether we're voting for Bush or Kerry. I'm sure they would rather have been able to vote in the US elections than for people who won't make much of a different in the universe. The popular talk show Yatzpan here was hilarious - everyone in the audience was waving US flags and there were red,white and blue balloons throughout the studio which was decorated in US flags. The audience were given t-shirts of either Bush and Kerry and were asked who they would have voted for and why. One guy said he was Iraqi and was wearing a Bush t-shirt. Others said Kerry was cute and tall, most said Bush had been supportive of Israel for the past 4 years and therefore they hope he gets in for another 4. I wouldn't have known who to vote for in the US. I probably would have been among the 5% or so of Americans who stayed home and didn't vote. Whoever will be the president of the US - that outcome will affect the entire world. Here in our town, I voted for the person who spends all our taxes on beautifying the city with fresh flowers, etc. much to the annoyance of his opponent. So the worst thing that can happen here is that the opponent will win and our city will no longer smell like jasmine.....

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bush is only supportive of Israel as an election tactic. He knows he would have lost Florida last time, and the election as a result, if thousands of elderly Jewish voters hadn't voted for Pat Buchanan by mistake because of a lousy ballot design. If he wins, he won't be worrying about Israel anymore because he won't need support of Jews in Florida to be reelected again.

Deidre said...

Wow, seems like more people there were excited about the election than people here in the US.

Garpet said...

For a country so obsessed by the red white and blue was I the only one who noted that the TV networks were making fun of the candidates?

They used red for Bush as he acquired the redneck vote and those seeking to spill more blood, blue for Kerry who is after all a blue blood and white for those states that were just too hard to call - ie where the voters are more or less split between the left and the right.

BTW in Amercia it's not 5% that stay at home it's more like 40%

Anonymous said...

Kerry looks like a vampire but really he should have won, and Bush looks like a paddy! that is all I have to say on the matter.

jerusalemgypsy said...

You're talking about the Israeli networks - I didn't notice. I don't notice anything. It's really horrible. But if it was in Israel - do you think Israelis would have gotten the "redneck" thing. I think only Americans understand that. Maybe it was just coincidence. Are you the one that reads into all those Beatle songs - plays them backwards and figures out cryptic meanings?