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they don't call us the 51st state for nothing! 
6th-Oct-2004 09:53 am
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Australia is having a National election on Saturday. Hubby and I were discussing our options for voting (he has to work on Sat) in the car this morning, on the way to dropping off our two youngest at school, when master 8 pipes up from the back seat - "Who are you voting for, Dad? Bush or the other guy?"
Ah, they don't call us the 51st state for nothing!
So after much spluttering and chuckling and explaining that we could not in fact vote for the US President, we asked him to name Australia's Prime Minister.
His response... "Um... George Washington?"
More cackles and cries of outrage from the front seat, whereupon master 8 hastily corrects himself - "Jay Leno!"
Needless to say, we knew by then that the case was hopeless.
"I'll give you a hint," says hubby. "He's a little man with glasses and his first name is John-"
"John Lennon!" pipes up master 8 enthusiastically.
"John Howard!" his sister butts in (9) triumphantly, thereby killing the chance of any more gems of wisdom from master 8.
Oh well, at least he knows the name of our PM now. :~P
5th-Oct-2004 05:03 pm (UTC)
MWAH! That's TOO funneh! Jay Leno. . .

Kids crack me up!!!

5th-Oct-2004 06:16 pm (UTC)
Once again, proof that citizens of other nations know more about American politics THAN THE AVERAGE AMERICAN.

Now go wash his mouth out with soap for saying the "B" person's name. :P
5th-Oct-2004 06:29 pm (UTC)
Muahahahahah! Oh. Oh. Oh.

Ah, they don't call us the 51st state for nothing!

Do they? Hehe... But that's Canada's nickname.

Funny, funny son! *shakes head* "Bush or the other guy?" Oh my...

5th-Oct-2004 06:30 pm (UTC)
What about the name of the other guy you can vote for... you know... Richard Nixon... No... Wait... Starts win an M.....

Mark Hamill! Yeah!

Me? I'll be voting for Lord Voldemort. I think he's under 'Greens' on the ballot this year.
5th-Oct-2004 08:20 pm (UTC)
Okay, that made me laugh out loud. If only it were someone other than Bush. Just watched the vice-prez debate and it was brutal, but I think Edwards did pretty well. He wasn't as smashing as Kerry was last week, but that was probably due more to the fact that Edwards actually had a sentient opponent tonight--more crooked than a mountain stream, but still smart. God, I can't stand it any more and we've still got a month to go! I'm so afraid we WILL end up with four more years of the same!
5th-Oct-2004 08:22 pm (UTC)
I have lived through that in small scale. I grew up in a little town surrounded on two sides by Chicago. I could never name anybody in charge of my town, but I sure knew the mayor of chicago and half the aldermen's names.
That is very interesting that your children know more about the US than most of the highschoolers here. I guess if its not on a video game or in a mall, its not important here.
5th-Oct-2004 08:54 pm (UTC)
Up until the last 20yrs, Australians were brought up on a diet of overseas content. Our TV programs used to be pretty much all UK or US. Quite simply because it was cheaper for the networks to buy the stuff from overseas than make it here.
That has changed somewhat - there are now rulings about the media having to contain a certain percent of local content.
Nevertheless, the kids' (mine particularly) favourite shows are still the Simpsons or South Park, both of which are very US culture-rich.
My husband often comments that he learned most of what he knows about American culture (which is a heck of a lot, I can tell you!) from comics!
6th-Oct-2004 06:30 am (UTC)
a good comedian will actually have quite good insight on politics or the nation. It always astounds me. I learned more about 1980's world politics from the tape of Robin William's show at the Met than I did in school.
6th-Oct-2004 06:43 am (UTC)
Very true! My hubby just read this actually and said he learned the most about American politics from MAD magazine!
6th-Oct-2004 08:37 pm (UTC)
Who knew that Alfred E. Newman could be so insightful?
5th-Oct-2004 10:32 pm (UTC)
LOL! Aww that is so adorable. o_o yet so wierd at the same time.
5th-Oct-2004 11:35 pm (UTC)
Hahaha! And also, oh dear.

But what did I know about politics when I was 8? Yes, I probably knew who Bob Hawke was, actually, because my dad complained about him all the time.

Man, I'd vote for George Washington over George Bush any day, and he's dead.
6th-Oct-2004 01:58 am (UTC)
Hahah, I remember liking Bob Hawke. And then I hated the fact that Paul Keating got in. And yeah, I would have been between six and eight when that was around :)

I'm such a geek :)
6th-Oct-2004 09:15 pm (UTC)
"John Lennon"---*sigh* If only!
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