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Folds in Time
I've been having to think about recent history a lot over the past few weeks, specifically the first four years of the Bush Administration. But it feels like ancient history. Or maybe even the history of a different planet. The 1990s, by contrast, seem pretty close. I wonder if anyone else is experiencing this sort of temporal dislocation. Because if a good number of people are, it would bode well for Hillary Clinton's Presidential campaign. I'm not pulling for her to win the nomination, mind you -- I prefer Obama -- but can see how her ties to the time when world affairs were a little bit more hopeful and Americans were a little better liked abroad might come in handy if the election ends up turning on a fantasy of regression to a pre-9/11 state.

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From: e4q Date: July 30th, 2007 08:20 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

a view from a broad

the pre-lapsarian clintons, it's a compelling image. if you forget the cigar incident, which being very visual, i find i can't. being president of the usa is obviously potentially a sexy job, what with the power and all. but as well as monica, another visual image, or short film, actually that i remember from the clinton stable was that great pro national health service promo film that they made, which was not only heartfelt, despite it not bearing fruit, but also FUNNY which takes a certain amount of guts and intelligence to pull off well, which i think they did.
also, unlike our outward bound prime minister's wife, hillary is visually attractive in a way which also gives off trustworthiness.
naturally, for someone who only really gets news by osmosis, i have absolutely no knowledge, not even grossly superficial, about obama, so i can't comment on the actual politics of the situation, but i hope that if hillary does get in the oval office she gets her fair share of 'oh!!'s from under the desk...
parilous From: parilous Date: July 30th, 2007 12:45 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I don't know if our country is ready for a female president, but it would be nice if Hilary Clinton could open that door.

Also, it would drive the Republicans absolutely ape-shit.
elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: July 31st, 2007 05:02 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I totally heard Bush on NPR this morning. And all I could think was how did this happen--again. I don't know why it was this morning. I don't even really remember what he was saying except it was about "evil" and somehow I just felt so shocked that it was still happening. I tried to make a joke. First it was funny and then it was just really sad. Eventually we just had to turn his voice off. But you can't just turn him off and turn back time or jump it forward...

cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 31st, 2007 05:46 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
He, at least, is still living in 2003. Yesterday I found myself remembering Ronald Reagan, a President I loathed with every fiber of my being, fondly. That's how bad the Bush years have been.
elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: July 31st, 2007 06:08 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Bush totally said something about the cold war this morning. And we were talking about how you really just can't say that lightly, like "back in the cold war we did all sorts of great stuff, protecting our values from Evil" and think it's all good. But then someone said something about how maybe the cold war had it right, you know, at least it was cold. Sort of. But yeah, that I thought that also scared me. Not that I remember the cold war that well really. But I did read a lot of cold war fiction in my teens...
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