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What I love about the article tho is how it sounds so real and surreal at the same time.
You know, many American politicians, and other pundits too, have this way of dumbing down, if you will, any issue they need to communicate to viewers or voters to where they sound sufficiently folksy and down home. George Bush is a genius at this.
It kind of always leaves me in awe, because they do usually still succeed in preserving the core message behind it intact - just, it's conveyed to you the way your uncle would tell you about it over a beer.
Dutch (European?) politicians so dont do that. They speak their own lingo, all "Surely the minister does not intend to imply that" and "We are currently in the process of drafting new initiatives that will ensure that". Or at most, the tired old "We need to learn to listen to the people again", or worse, to "the people in the old neighbourhoods".
Bush dont need to learn that, he already does it exactly the way this purported Sociology professor has it:
"Now, I like my snakes as much as the next guy," said Herbert Jasper, assistant professor of sociology at UNC Greensboro. "I've got three myself. But it turns out that, for some family situations, they may not be as ideal as, say, a dog."
It's one of those things Americans are just brilliant at, so the spoof is funny in picking up on that...