Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Electoral elation and the politics of ducks

So we woke up this morning to loud hammerings from the building under renovation next door, and to a brave new world …. but who cares? At this point in time I care about the fact that this building has been painted puce fluorescent purple and can't seem to do anything about it! And meanwhile over on the other side of the planet, the US has just made electoral history by defeating the Republicans by a landslide. All that dancing and partying going on in the streets of Washington is in stark contrast to the total air of indifference over here. I suppose we should all be sighing with relief …. except of course, Hubby who just had a twinkle in his eye!

“Do they realize what they’ve done?” says hubby …..

“They just voted for a muslim, oriental, terrorist as President and to quote that great, white southern American racist we saw on TV the other night: “if it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, it must be a duck”.

“But times have changed this saying into ‘if it walks like a duck, talks like a duck it must be the President of the U.S.A’.”

“And we Arabs say, “if it talks like an American duck and walks like an American duck and pledges support for Israel, then it must be an American President.”

Well, I can understand the caution, even though we prefer duck over chicken – it’s just that we’ve been at this point before. But there is definitely something “Kennedy-ish” about Barack Obama that keeps a little flicker of light shimmering in the darkness.

So mabrouk to our American friends …. and here’s to that promise of change that we can ALL live with.

J

PS I suppose every cloud has a silver lining ... at least now with a puce purple building next door, people will always find my house!

2 Comments:

Anonymous kinzi said...

Congrats, JoLadies. :)

Wednesday, November 05, 2008  
Blogger MommaBean said...

Nice finding that silver lining like that. The outrageous purple building will avoid the frequent Amman phone call, "I'm outside your door ringing the bell" only to find out they're 3 blocks away :).

Wednesday, November 05, 2008  

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