Brits to America: You’re Idiots! – Well, 51 percent of you, anyway. By June Thomas

World reaction to the election results has been entertaining. I don’t know anyone that wanted Bush to stay in charge. At my work we all sat around despondant thinking “bloody idiots”. It appears that the british press did too – except for anything owned by Rupert Murdoch. The following writer documents the world reaction here, but seems to take umbrage:

Brits to America: You’re Idiots! – Well, 51 percent of you, anyway. By June Thomas

Americans who think post-election anti-red-state recrimination is a U.S.-only phenomenon should check out the cover of Thursday’s Daily Mirror: Over a picture of President George W. Bush, the paper asked, “How can 59,054,087 people be so DUMB?” Inside, the left-leaning British tabloid headlined its editorial, “WAR MORE YEARS.” In a clear demonstration of the trans-Atlantic culture gap, the paper’s description of the president’s beliefs—clearly intended to strike Mirror readers as a radical agenda—is simply an accurate, if crude, précis of his platform: “Mr Bush opposes abortion and gay marriage, doesn’t give a stuff about the environment, is against gun control and believes troops should stay in Iraq for as long as it takes.”

The Mirror wasn’t the only British paper with a striking cover. The Guardian’s “G2” section was fronted by a page of solid black containing just two small words: “Oh, God.” Meanwhile, the Independent ran the headline “Four More Years” along with iconic images from the first Bush term: kneeling prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, tortured prisoners at Abu Ghraib, soldiers fighting in Iraq, oil-drilling machinery, sign-wielding religious extremists, and a smirking Dubya. In France, Libération ran a picture of the president under the headline, “L’Empire empire”—”The empire declines.”

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