Comments: Also

Dear Anne,

May I take issue with you for once? I do not agree with Arnold’s politics and I certainly would not vote for him, but, forgive me for this, doesn’t it smack a little bit of arrogance when US media make fun of his Styrian accent and dismiss him for being “just an actor”? What we have here, after all, is a guy who came to the US literally with two empty hands and then made it to the top by his own means. Isn’t that a little bit like the famous “American dream”? And do those things not count in politics?

I think you should take Arnold seriously and then go on to criticize him for his political stance or his various “mal mots”, if you don’t like him. (But forget the nude pictures, I mean, really he didn’t inhale after all). He has been ridiculed in “Doonesbury”, how more serious can you get in the US?

Will you forgive me?

Bengt

Posted by Bengt at September 26, 2003 02:11 PM

Well, I criticize Bush for his “mal mots” so I guess it's fair to criticize Arnold for them.

That was, in fact, what I was objecting to in the remark I quoted. It was his separation of "the world" from the United States that struck me. Should a man be governor of one of our largest states who clearly thinks of the USofA as some place different than, "the world"? I don't think so.

It's exactly that kind of remark that makes it hard for me to take him seriously.

(I completely agree with you that the press is behaving badly when they make fun of his accent. But then, the press does behave badly. Often.)

I don't care if he posed for nude pictures. I'm completely indifferent to the whole topic. I don't care about his accent.

I do care about the repeated accusations of harrassing women.

However, I do see your point and I'll treat his candidacy with more respect in the future. He's clearly a front-runner (Doonesbury!) and I'll behave myself.

And there's nothing to forgive, Bengt. If no one ever disagrees with me, how will I learn anything? I always appreciate reading your comments.

Posted by Anne at September 27, 2003 09:59 AM