Ireland – the 5?st state?

By now, unless you've been hiding – in a deep cave, under a rock, with your fingers in your ears, humming loudly to yourself – you'll know the Barack Obama haas been elected president of the US. All I can say is

About bloody time. 🙄

The campaign has been going on for what, two years?

A few things that I don't understand:

Ok, America is a superpower and an important player in global affairs. But why does the Irish media appear to be obsessed with American politics? I am baffled by the amount of coverage it receives, which seems comparable to the coverage Irish politics gets.

I doubt that Irish politics gets the same interest in America. Can the average American name the Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister)? It's Brian Cowen, BTW.

And what about the Canadian election? Yeah, there was one back in October. I think it got one mention on the Irish evening news. :down:

There seems to be something in the Ireland-America relationship that I've missed. :confused:

So I'm asking, what's your perception of the American election coverage where you live? Did you follow it all? Did you think you got too little, too much, or enough? How interested were you?

And for the Americans, how much coverage does foreign politics get in your media?

One final point, after all this Obama still won't be in office until the new year :faint:


27 thoughts on “Ireland – the 5?st state?

  1. It's the same situation here in Britain. I think it is all down to the circus the USA provides.But of course Tory B Liar was sucked into the chimpanzee's machine and got minced too for his troubles. Ever since, there has been a fixation on him like an ulcerous wound.Globalisation = what the US does to affect the home economy of any particular nation. We are caught like flies on syrup.

  2. Mick,by reading your post I realize you are a citizen of the world in a full meaning of the word ! :heart:

  3. I didn't experience too much coverage. Some of it was the wrong sort of coverage, though. I am not interested in a politician's private life, you see.That aside, I can totally understand what you're saying. This is like a one-way process sometimes – and the Americans know it, some of them at least. They themselves like to make jokes about native US citizen's lack of knowledge about the rest of this planet.My daily newspaper covers political issues from all over the world including the US issues. That's rather fairly balanced, I'd say. But TV news, good grief. It's way over the edge.I get my news from the previously mentioned newspaper – plus the Internet. These sources in combination give me the best insight I can can get. About US politics as well as Irish.

  4. We got four of the to six free-to-air channels (available in my area, anyway, not counting digital) doing live crosses (some for hours at a time), interspersed with occasional comments from Australian-based American political 'experts'. It was pretty-much the same as election night here for the PM … live crosses as votes were being counted, etc. Except – given how long it took for campaigning over there (and most of it seemed to be to decide who was going to lead the party as opposed to who was running for President) – the result was known very quickly! 😆

  5. Thanks to everyone for your comments.It what may be the ultimate irony, the election seems to be all the OC can talk about today. 😉

  6. Hya! Foreign news is in the newspapers and on TV every day. We have magazines that are news magazines that cover the whole world. It is like my hubby says, When America sneezes, the whole world says, god bless. Our country is mostly made up of people from other countries, whose generations become native-born but still have soft spots for the old countries if we still know which ones because a lot of us are "mutts". :lol:I think the coverage of USA-related material is due to the fact that so many citizens of the USA live in other parts of the world and/or do business with other parts of the world and the USA, too.My hubby and I watched the BBC coverage of the USA elections, we felt it would be more unbiased than the USA :lol:I voted for Obama, as did every vote-holding member of my family. We want change!TV is neat, you can just turn it off it you don't want to see it.Oh, for the drink gamers: Maverick! 😆

  7. Oh, you don't watch Saturday Night Live in Ireland? Go to UTube and look for the skits with Tina Fey playing Palin. It was so cool this year, the actual politicians went on SNL and did skits, too…Palin and McCain said they are "mavericks". The drinking game was that while watching the debates, every time one of them said Maverick or mavericks, you take a drink.

  8. :irked: An Irishman that doesn't know a drinking game? :yikes: Who are you, and what have you done with Micky_joe? :eyes:

  9. You do know that he really is at least part Irish Dennis :pAnd, in fairness, it's an American drinking game. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ :star:SNL is not shown of here Elly, at least not on any channels I get. It's a shame as I used to watch it years ago. 😦

  10. :sherlock: I believe the original spelling of his first name is Baraich, unfortunately I don't speak Gaelic. 😦

  11. Have you ever noticed, Mickey, that more than a few American Presidents have seemed hell bent on "tracing their roots" back to the Emirald Isle in one form or another?.Reagan seemed to think he was Irish……Clinton too…….to name but two!Pretty sure that if George W knew where Ireland was on the map (after somebody had explained to him what a map was), that he would have a go at trying to convince us that he was of Irish extraction too!! 🙂

  12. Neither do I Dennis. ;):star: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ :star:Thanks for the link Elly:star: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ :star:I have noticed Waka, Kennedy's ancestral home is still a popular tourist attraction. I think he might have started the trend. Regan/Reagan is an Irish name, so I have no problem with that. Clinton… whatever.But I wouldn't be surprised if when W tried to look for Irish ancestors the genealogists in Ireland cam back

    No, sorry. We just can't find anything to link you to Ireland. :whistle:

  13. Hahaha!!"We must be honest with you Mr Bush, being that your 'family tree' looks more like a stump, this task could prove rather tricky"!! "Tell me, was incest commmon within the Bush family??…………This may help us to explain the break in the chain"!! 😀

  14. Ah now, are you implying that George is inbred? 😮 💡 That would explain a lot. :devil:

  15. Untrue! All politicians belong to the classification Homo analorifice, that's their only similarity. 😀

  16. They can have him Elly:star: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ :star::confused: Homo… :yikes:

  17. Mickey its the old comment that when America sneezes the world catches a cold,whatever we may think of out transatlantic cousins what happens there affects us in a way that the actions of Cowan,Brown,Sarcozy etc cannot affect them.

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