(By Ray D.)
Backlash Against Big Media, Euro-Snobs, Clearly Played Significant Role in Bush's Re-election
Here are some selected comments from Americans as to why they voted for President Bush. They can be found on the BBC's website:
"I voted for Bush for a number of reasons, but I have to confess one of them was because of all the lecturing and condescending opinions I read in the foreign press and heard from the "holier than thou" crowd in Europe. It just got on my nerves so much that people who only get a sliver of heavily bias coverage about America could hold such closed-minded opinions about our elections. Maybe four more years will give you a chance to open your minds to new ideas and consider that there are Americans who have a right to believe differently than you."
Andrew, Washington, DC
"I moved to Europe nearly a year ago, and while I have tended to vote Republican most of my life, I was not particularly warm to President Bush. After being in Europe for a few months, however, my support for Bush was galvanized by seeing the completely unfair treatment he gets in the media here and hearing the constant criticism and contempt displayed for him by most Europeans.
A few Americans I know conclude that this must mean he is bad, but most react like me, defensively, and rally around our leader. I think I would have voted for Bush anyway, but I was not about to vote for Kerry since that's what Europe wanted me to do. Bush is our president, we elected him, we care about religion, and Europe better get used to it because we're not about to let you vote!"
John, Stockholm, Sweden
"I voted for Bush for the same reasons so many else did. With President Bush, you know exactly where he stands and his strength as a leader in these tough times is something that was not seen in Senator Kerry. Senator Kerry moved with the wind where as Bush walks through it. Clearly, President Bush is very misunderstood around the world due to his portrayal through the liberal media. Our friends across the great pond really need to dig past the media to understand President Bush. Ironically, it's the liberal media and those like Michael Moore which led to Bush's re-election. So, on behalf of Bush supporters - Hey, thanks!"
Fayne Moore, Crofton, Maryland, US
"I voted for Bush because I could not stand the elitist media and the pundits telling me that he was a fool. I was tired of people like Michael Moore trying to influence my decision by making movies that had only one purpose - tear down the president. I disagree with many of his policies and would not have voted for him except for the fact that I am sick and tired of these people telling me that I am not smart enough to figure out for myself what is right and what is wrong. The Republicans should thank Moore and give him a prominent table at the inauguration!"
Michael C, NY, USA
"I voted for President Bush because I refuse to be associated with a candidate or party that openly welcomes Michael Moore. I was actually leaning toward Kerry until Fahrenheit 911 was released. That heinous, hate filled movie and the fact that many in the Democratic Party and the Hollywood elite actually promoted it as the truth turned me. As a 911 survivor, it insulted my intelligence and the memory of all my friends, neighbours, and colleagues who perished at the hands of criminals."
Rob, Madison, NJ, USA
"I voted for Bush because I will not have Bruce Springsteen, Gerhard Schroeder, Osama Bin Laden and Michael Moore telling me who to vote for. The world will respect Americans more because they have elected a strong leader and did not succumb to our enemies' demands for electing Kerry who would be more likely to appease terrorists and America haters then Bush."
Peter Sosniak, New York
"I voted for George Bush (to the disapproving consternation of my European cousins) because an election is a choice, and the two candidates offered two different approaches to leadership. Ever since an attempt was made in the 1770s to tax our favourite breakfast beverage, Americans have never liked being told what we should do, or how we should do it.
From what I have read, I expect the majority of the European populace, most of whom I assume were born post-war, not to approve of the American people's decision. For insight, however, I suggest that holidays or other visits to the US not be limited to Boston, New York and Los Angeles."
Arthur Xanthos, New York City, USA
Indeed. Many Americans saw through the shallow hatred, bias and innuendo of the angry left and Euro-snob crowd. Perhaps that is why so many Europeans are suddenly so conciliatory. They realize that they have irreparably failed in trying to tear down President Bush and influence Americans.
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