It's an idea....
Still, every now and then, people ask me.
Every now and then some unassuming Salmantino just can't help himself and, finding me open, positive and friendly, feels compelled to go there.
You know, there. Bush.
The day I negotiated my rent with my landlady, we lingered a while over coffee. Pilar, who has never asked me about Bush, could control her curiosity no longer. "But what I don't understand, Erin, is the Americans, the people. They voted for him? Twice?"
Back before we had "voted for him, twice", I flew to Spain over the Thanksgiving holiday to interview for the job that brought me to Salamanca. I arranged a lunch with a friend who's a successful business executive in Madrid for the day before the interview. I'd hoped he'd prepare me well for my first interview in another language and culture. Instead I spent half an hour solemnly swearing on my lamb kebab that I would always vote in the US presidential elections - even if I moved to Spain.
Not long ago I had a Bush conversation that still intrigues me.
A good friend brought up Bush. She asked if he really had 2 years left to his term and I confirmed that he did. When I commented, as I often do, that we do not have a system for calling early elections in the US or the possibility of a no-confidence vote (not that Bush would lose one, frightening as that is to me) she showed me again how much better the Spanish know our history than your average American knows theirs.
"There's no way for us to make that change until his term is up", I assured her.
"Sure there's a way. Nixon resigned, didn't he?"
"Well, yeh", I started, "but that was...."
"So there's a way. All you have to do is make him so miserable he resigns."
"But tut ttt nngng..."
She interrupted my stutter with a firm wave of her finger.
"Don't tell me there's no way to bring a change. A President has resigned. Get him to quit."
Anybody got any ideas?
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