mardi 4 novembre 2008

Paris, enthousiasmé par Obama!

By Pistol Tanker Palin


Au Troc

Ce fut hier soir.

Paris had a party for Election Day and Barack Obama, et j'ai réussi à l'ignorer. (There's a translation tool to the right. This is French and English class.)

The Eiffel Tower sparkles every hour on the hour for 10 minutes, so to be truthful, they coordinated the release of the red, white and blue balloons with an hour, très probablement. It only actually cost them the organization of the release of the helium-filled balloons.

Nonetheless, it is a lovely gesture of support and joy, relief and Hope in the Paris night by many French, who have been terribly frustrated not to be Americans in one of her finest hours. It has been quite a hardship for them to submit themselves to American campaign finance law and sit on their wallets and refrain from all other tangible means of helping to get Barack Obama elected our 44ème président. Of this we had to remind them many times, to their constant chagrine.

They consider that he will be a little bit their president, too. You know, very often, we Americans living outside the United States are reminded that they wish they could vote for the president of the United States because (s)he has so much power to influence their lives, as well.

Et, oui, there are many Parisiens et autres français (moi aussi, je te l'avoue) who find this sparkly spectacle of "bling" un peu beaucoup, but remember, ce fut pour le millenium qu'ils l'ont fait pour la première fois. And then, no more, until la mairie de Paris decided to spend 600,000 euros to make the show a permanent feature for the benefit of all the tourists who were unable to be there at midnight January 1, 2000.

And so it will be forever, à jamais.

Alors, c'est minuit, de la nuit du 3 au 4 novembre?

Je vous laisse savourer la victoire imminente de Barack Obama avec les français et leurs amis, qui je remercie beaucoup.

And, let me say once more for good measure, and anyone who doesn't usually read me, that just like French Minister for Foreign Trade Christine Lagarde said while interviewed tonight, the French have remained our friends, for as her boss President Nicolas Sarkozy has said, friends may sometimes disagree. So, while the French have not always agreed with us, particularly in recent times, and as unpopular as Bush Jr. could be, and has been, the French people still love the United States with the enthusiasm they have showed Barack Obama's candidacy -- it's really one and the same thing. They look for us to do Great Things, Big Things, Inspiring Things, and they have a little bit suspended judgement, giving us a much-needed pass for the shock we suffered on 9/11.

The fond de l'affaire is that our rise over these last months as a people, including the phenomenon of Republicans indicating a willingness, even a likliness to vote for a Democratic presidential candidate for the first time in their lives right now, is what they trusted would happen, when we would be ready again.

You see, France is so old that it has had time to learn what all who are older learn: patience and to not let their plumes be ruffled trop.

A noter, the Eiffel Tower is also lit blue since June, when the President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, became President of the European Union for France's 6 month tour of leadership, which is set to come to an end at one minute before midnight, January 1, 2009. Blue is the field color of the EU flag, and the circle of yellow stars that are visible there on the side of the Eiffel Tower, facing the Seine across from the Place du Trocadéro, represent the first countries of her Union. It is generally agreed qu'elle est sublime en bleue, aussi la couleur de la France.

Allez les Bleus!, being the cri pour l'équipe nationale de football. That would be soccer.


Tous ensemble

What zee heck, 'ere eez another (do not pronouce the "th" correctly, the French cannot), l'un des plus grands "tubes" [trans.: One of the biggest hits] de Johnny Hallyday, ici au Parc des Princes -- the stadium of Paris-St. Germain soccer -- en 2003,


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