Posted by: Pepe de Murcia | February 16, 2008

I saw Bill


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(English version below)

Hoy en día (88)

Glass Building 209, En algún lugar de las Américas

Sorpresa sorpresa, ayer, una hora antes de que empezara el tinglado, me enteré de que el ex-presidente Clinton venía a Tyler a hacer campaña por Hillary, y me uní al grupito que organizó el profesor de ciencia políticas para ir a verlo (al final, como siempre pasa, éramos 5 profesores y dos alumnos). La verdad es que como extranjero fui más a recibir una nueva experiencia cultural que a ser convencido, pero Bill siempre ha sido un referente político para los europeos, y aunque no me entusiasma su mujer, él dijo algunas cosas muy interesantes y un par de verdades como templos (nos puso a los europeos como ejemplo de lo que Hillary quiere hacer en políticas sanitarias, algo que este país necesita ya, con 50 millones de personas sin cobertura sanitaria ninguna).

Y luego a nivel cultural, había gente con su cartelito anti-Hillary en la entrada (“Say no to Billary”, muy ingenioso), incluso hubo algún abucheo al propio Bill dentro de la sala, pero aunque alguien se mostró descontento con esto, la gente no empezó a gritar “fuera” como hubiera pasado en un mitin de un partido español. Los que no íbamos porque apoyamos a Hillary sencillamente no nos pusimos en primera fila ni llevamos cartelitos, pero estábamos allí escuchando el mensaje, más anti-Bush que anti-Obama, por cierto.

Yo en el fondo lo que prefiero es que gane un demócrata, eso siempre nos ha ido mejor a los europeos.

Nowadays (88)

Glass Building 209, Somewhere in the Americas

Surprise surprise, yesterday, one hour before the event started, I found out that former president Clinton was coming to Tyler to campaign for Hillary, and I joined the group organized by the political sciences teacher to see him (at the end, as always, we were 5 teachers and two students). Actually as a foreigner I went to receive a new cultural experience rather than being convinced, but Bill has always been a political referent for Europeans, and even if I’m not enthusiastic about his wife, he said some quite interesting things and couple of trues big as temples (Europeans we were an example of what Hillary wants to do in health policies, something this country needs now, with 50 million people without medical service at all).

And then on a cultural level, there was people with their label against Hillary at the entrance (“Say no to Billary”, quite sharp), even some booing for Bill himself inside the room, but although some people didn’t like it, people didn’t shout “go out” as it would had happened in a Spanish party event. Those of us who were not there to support Hillary we just weren’t at the first row or didn’t carry posters, but we were there listening the message, more anti-Bush than anti-Obama, by the way.

What I actually prefer is a democrat to win, that was always better for Europeans.

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