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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-27-03 06:03 PM
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Any take on politics or mood of country from gatherings today?
Did anyone get a sense of what people (outside DU) are thinking about politics, or the state of the country, at Thanksgiving gatherings today? Any talk about Bush's Iraq visit? Any changed views since last you saw someone? I'm living outside the U.S. for a few years -- there's no Thanksgiving holiday here -- and I'm curious.
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carrowsboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-27-03 06:07 PM
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1. just me & my mom
and she is apolitical
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-27-03 06:25 PM
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2. Family gathering

Everyone is pretty liberal except for one of my brothers. He made a few comments but didn't seem to have as much fight in him as in previous years.
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Don_G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-27-03 06:32 PM
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3. My Wild Turkey Has A Few Opinions
Other than that, I haven't gathered much.
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cocoabeach Donating Member (70 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-27-03 06:35 PM
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4. We were happy and had a great Turkey Day
Dolphins won so how bad could it be?
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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-27-03 06:43 PM
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5. Relatively new myself, but welcome to DU, cocoabeach! n/t
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newyawker99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-27-03 06:50 PM
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6. Hi cocoabeach!!
Welcome to DU!! :toast:
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Divernan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-27-03 06:52 PM
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7. Talked to people on two different legs of my air trip.
One - a mid-fifties white female from Ohio; the other a mid-50s black woman from Chicago. White female had a brother who is career military and did two tours in Vietnam. We started talking about the great numbers of very young Army men and women in their desert camoflage uniforms who were traveling. I asked her how her brother felt about Iraq and she said he had fought in Desert Storm, and was "all right" with fighting in Iraq. I told her I supported our troops but felt they were in unnecessary danger and were poorly supplied. She surprised me by saying she did not want Bush to get a second term and did not think that he would. When I asked her why, she said because he was jeopardizing Medicare and Social Security with his reckless economic policies. She felt he was not intelligent enough to handle the job of president.

Very brief conversation with the black businesswoman as we waited to deplane. She felt we shouldn't be in Iraq and was concerned about all the young people being sent there.

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izzie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-27-03 07:58 PM
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8. Not one word. It is almost the oddest thing I have seen.
No one talks about this prez. You always hear remarks on the prez in office and no one talks of this man.It is like he is a non-person.
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loudnclear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-27-03 08:35 PM
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11. Two reasons: either ashamed that they support him or sick to death of him
there are no 'in-betweens'
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Postman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-27-03 08:01 PM
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9. No political discussions whatsoever...
maybe because no one has the energy to get into a big blown-out argument but also because they all know I was right about Iraq....
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kskiska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-27-03 08:32 PM
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10. More people wanted to talk about Michael Jackson
than anything else. Nothing on politics. I played with the dogs.
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loudnclear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-27-03 08:36 PM
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12. Oh, I saw a Dean bumper sticker in Georgia of all places!
Just outside of Athens.
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Imajika Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-27-03 08:46 PM
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13. I see lots of Dean bumperstickers
I am in Northern Virginia and Dean bumperstickers are everywhere!

If bumperstickers were any indication of who the next President would be, Dean would have a great head start.

Though, I do see lots of Bush/Cheney stickers as well, but those are usually on pickup trucks and vans. Also, many of the Bush stickers are from the last election and we know all the Dean ones are new.

Imajika
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