Sunday, March 08, 2009

Tongue tied Hillary

You know, I think the Americans did rather well in their last election cycle. Lord forbid that Hillary Clinton should have become President given the gaffes she's making in her trip to Europe:

Hillary Clinton raised eyebrows on her first visit to Europe as secretary of state when she mispronounced her EU counterparts' names and claimed U.S. democracy was older than Europe's.

Pronunciation isn't all that much of a problem but claiming that US democracy is older than Europe's is very odd indeed. Iceland, for example, has had a parliament since 900 AD or so, the Isle of Man isn't that far behind.

Even England had a Bill or Rights in 1688 or so, fully a century before the US did.

"It is hard enough with two parties to come to any resolution, and I say this very respectfully, because I feel the same way about our own democracy, which has been around a lot longer than European democracy."

The remark provoked much headshaking in the parliament of a bloc that likes to trace back its democratic tradition thousands of years to the days of classical Greece.

Well, yes, there is also that example of the ancient greeks....although the idea didn't in fact last all that long there and died out for a millenia or two before reviving.

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