Thursday, March 02, 2006


Back in the lead-up to the US presidential elections, an Internet survey (and yes, we all know how reliable those are) assessed George W Bush's popularity around the globe. As I recall, the response was well into the six figures, and overall he sat on about 24% approval, while in New Zealand and Australia it was closer to 21%.

At the time, his approval rating in the US was somewhere in the 45%-50% region, which under Diebold rules gave him a clear mandate after the votes were, um, counted. (Mandate, coincidentally, is the brand name of an aftershave given to me some twenty years ago that I have yet to finish.)

My question is this: now that his approval rating domestically is somewhere in the region of 34% or less, what could it be internationally? Inquiring minds would like to count the digits.

On to the comic relief. This image needs no introduction:
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A copy's been pinned up in the kitchen area at work (I didn't put it up) for months, soliciting captions. There's only four been offered, the lamest of which was probably mine:
  • The early bird...
  • Terence the Turkey checked whether George was paltry
  • Takes an old pecker to know one
  • Not involved in a babe scandal - good on ya mate

I like the second - didn't recognise the handwriting.