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    Inicio > Historias > And now, some words of wisdom from our president

    And now, some words of wisdom from our president

    Zapatero is this month cover of Time Magazine, and there's a two-page interview with him across pages 32 and 33. The whole interview is an exercise of answering whatever one wants to whatever question the interviewer makes; for instance, to a pointed question on whether he supports Kerry, he ends answering that "60% of Spaniards wanted a change". Even so, his adviser must have been on holiday or something, because he says things such as these ones:
    That's what I call "citizen's socialism" — I accept that when an overwhelming majority of citizens says something, they are right.

    Has he tried to ask people whether the earth is flat or whether they believe in evolutionary theory? Not only is this wrong, it's even ludicrous! BTW, has he heard what an overwhelming majority of citizens says about his female ministers' photo-op with Vogue?
    This one is even better
    YOU'RE SAID TO HATE MACHISMO. WHY? I'm not just antimachismo, I'm a feminist. One thing that really awakens my rebellious streak is 20 centuries of one sex dominating the other. We talk of slavery, feudalism, exploitation, but the most unjust domination is that of one half of the human race over the other half. The more equality women have, the fairer, more civilized and tolerant society will be. Sexual equality is a lot more effective against terrorism than military strength.

    I think that after hearing this, most countries in the world are disbanding their anti-terrorist squads and converting them in sexual equality assault teams, or SEATs for short.
    BTW, what could have happened 20 centuries ago that caused machismo to appear all of a sudden? Can't think of anything...

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    De: JJ Fecha: 2004-09-25 16:13

    And I guess this has nothing to do with the fact that the Spanish govt. keeps on paying Piper Rudnick 100000$ a year for lobbying in his favor, right?

    De: JR Fecha: 2004-09-25 16:45

    Sure, but I'd still prefer his childish and naive vision to Aznar's christians-vs-muslims tale.

    And I guess this has nothing to do with the fact that the Spanish govt. keeps on paying Piper Rudnick 100000$ a year for lobbying in his favor, right?

    The contract was previously shielded by the former administration, and the Spanish Government only could change its terms: the lobbying will be now for promoting Spain in the U.S., not Aznar's medal.

    De: JJ Fecha: 2004-09-25 16:48

    I don't know what I prefer; I definitely don't want our president speaking that way to be heard all over the world. And about the contract, my (decidedly evil) question implied that the fact that Zapatero is in the front of Time probably has something to do with the fact that our government has "changed" the contract with Piper Rudnick to "only look for Spain's interests".

    De: JR Fecha: 2004-09-25 16:49

    Indeed, he only figured for the European edition of Time.

    De: JJ Fecha: 2004-09-25 16:55

    No wonder. After that interview, Piper Rudnick probably lobbied for having it retired from the american edition. :-)
    BTW, want to make a bet on how many spanish journals are going to reproduce this interview (besides Libertad Digital, of course ;-) )?

    De: fernand0 Fecha: 2004-09-25 16:57

    I heard about it in several radio programs. And, in TV5 made some jokes about it, also (not in the news, of course).

    De: JJ Fecha: 2004-09-25 17:06

    Yep, you're right. It's all over the place.

    De: JR Fecha: 2004-09-25 17:06

    I also read about it this week in some righty/libertarian Spanish blogs. You may guess what they did say :-D.

    De: JJ Fecha: 2004-09-25 17:08

    JR: What can they say? The interview is pure cannon fodder! If that's all he had to say, he'd better had stayed quiet and leave somebody with a bit more wisdom, like Solbes, Fernández de la Vega (wasn't he a strong feminist?) or Moratinos (although I harbor strong doubts on this one) to answer for him...

    De: fernand0 Fecha: 2004-09-25 17:15

    Moratinos is very busy apologizing and accepting apologies for what ZP and Bush say in their public appearances ;)

    De: JR Fecha: 2004-09-25 17:17

    Moratinos, huh, brave man.

    De: JJ Fecha: 2004-09-25 17:22

    Good ones, both. He stopped just short of retiring his US ambassador :-)

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