welcome to america, mr. koizumi

Posted on Saturday 1 July 2006

I don’t know if this is more of a sad commentary on middle America, or Elvis fans, or perhaps on President Bush’s supporters (or perhaps all three), but I was listening to a story on Friday about Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s trip to America, and subsequent trip to Graceland, since he’s apparently a pretty big Elvis fan-in fact he’s a member of the Elvis fan club, and is known to sing Elvis tunes in public. In fact, he sang a grin-inducing rendition of Love me Tender on air.

But it wasn’t Mr. Koizumi that entertained me so, but this quote from one of the folks who was apparently bouncing around outside of Graceland because of the visit (one of the supporters, not one of the protesters who were protesting either the war in Iraq, or Japan’s stand in support of commercial whaling-both of whom rightfully made their voices known, the latter dressed in Elvis costumes and sang “Don’t be cruel to a whale that’s true…”) made my afternoon. Emphasis is mine:

Reporter: “What brings you out here today?”
Woman: “Well I love our president and I love elvis, and put the two together with the guy from Japan and that’s great!”
Reporter: “How much do you know about Koizumi?”
Woman: “Who?”
– someone mumbles to her in the background –
Woman: “oh! Nothing, I don’t even know how to pronounce his name!”
Reporter: …
Woman: “But I hear he’s an elvis fan, so uh…..gotta love him for that!”
Reporter: ….

Welcome to America, Mr. Koizumi. I’m so sorry, but enjoy your stay.

2 Comments for 'welcome to america, mr. koizumi'

    July 4, 2006 | 3:00 pm

    That reminds me of the “Talking to Americans” sketches on This Hour Has 22 Minutes:


    NOTE: Nightline went to Toronto after doing a segment on “Talking To Americans” and found numerous Candians who could not identify the face of their own Prime Minister . . . (all in good humour)

    July 4, 2006 | 5:47 pm

    ::shakes head sadly:: Wow. It’s endemic, isn’t it? Sad, sad.

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