On the eve of the US elections I can't resist posting this exactly 19 years old picture from the sidewalk of Brooklyn Bridge, New York City.
Since this was in 1989 the graffiti is referring to George Bush Sr, who was the president at that time, while his son George W was mainly preoccupied with running a baseball team in Texas. But I get a feeling that whoever wrote this had an almost prophetic talent and was, like a modern Nostradamus, looking into the 2000's.
The message of this is: Please think a while before voting. The disasters of the outgoing US administration may be kinda palin' in comparison with what the world might get.
This was scanned from a Kodachrome slide.
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Gessle (70) 2008-11-03 1:25
Wow, a verrrry strong message...
Very strong indeed.
Great capture, great lov pov.
Jeppo (17645) 2008-11-03 1:39
I don't actually know who's better among:
- G.W. Bush
I think they are different kind of the same s...t. the only consolation for me is that bad politics are not just an Italian issue only!
saxo042 (37880) 2008-11-03 1:40
Looking through the Gallery, my eyes fell upon this interesting photo. After I read the good note, I realised it was your contribution! Whatever happens, the world will get rid of G W Bush!
Spunkie (318) 2008-11-03 7:05
Thanks for posting this photo.
While I find some political messages from Americans quite extreme, irrational, untrue, taken out of context (etc!), I would not comment further on the current politics as this is not the place for it.
i do like this photo as a sort of documentary. I love the color and the inclusion of that 'structure'.
Buin (42466) 2008-11-03 7:28
No political comment - but this one truly is great! That's grassroots democracy! ;-))
Greetings from grey and hazy Germany!
Disabled_A (0) 2008-11-03 8:30
interesting, very eloquent post!:)
I'm not into politics at all, but, imho, this message can be referred to many current regimes (and people in power), not only to the US. The thing is: how and what we compare...
In Russia we have a saying "to exchange an awl for soap" (which means "trade bad for worse").
Kielia (24077) 2008-11-03 10:21
I would like to share the comment with Elena because what she stated is also my opinion. But from the first view on the thumbnail I was shocked since the whole atmosphere of this composition reminded me of so many photos from Nazi-Germany. I appreciate your post and your note very much, Gert.
scroller (3445) 2008-11-03 11:03
Hej Gert, a superb contribution and note. You know what you got but nerver what you get.
Also gongratz to 5k points!
archimatica (20632) 2008-11-03 13:50
The message is "strong and clear".
I appreciate this post because it's inside this important storic time.
emka (97489) 2008-11-03 16:14
Very interesting shot. Yes, 19 years and it looks like the same, not much has changed. Strong message. But what are the conclusions? What is good solution? Is any? Any way, tomorrow will be the day full of excitement, not only in the USA.
Congratulations for 5000 points!
SteveH (6269) 2008-11-03 16:37
Hi Gert, Imagine, if only Al Gore had won the last election, how many people may have avoided premature death, particuarly in Iraq, and how much further we would have dealing with environmental issues. Sigh. cheers, Steve
kschanna (6) 2008-11-04 2:46
interesting message in the shot. a little window in time. Its funny, we sit here today, hearing about who is going to preside over the next wave of wars and killings under the pretext of giving us a better world. 19 years ago, when I was very very young, I remember my dad and uncles chattering about the same stuff.
the characters have changes yet the show still goes on
Thanks for sharing
molla (7129) 2008-11-05 6:52
well, it's over Gert,
The Bush dynasty are soon buried and we well hopefully see a brighter and smarter America on the scene of the world.
The world wasn't built on six days and I was terrified that we was so close to have a president (Palin ) with that thought.
World bless Americans last night
ACL1978 (7511) 2013-03-26 17:33
Just came across this one in the archives, Gert, and it's a fantastic image, very well spotted, taken, and processed digitally. A very strong political statement here... funny that the much more polarized recent trends in American politics have made many forget how much anger there was at Bush Senior. Nowadays, of course, he's almost looked back upon fondly by those on the left, now that the Republican Party has become so much more extreme. Hell, Reagan today might align most with moderate Democrats... a nice blast from the past here, thanks.
serp2000 (44169) 2013-07-02 13:03
Good evening, Gert,
I think George Bush Sr. was not so bad President. He had so good inertness of the Reagan Reagan times, the end of the cold war, etc. And terrorism was so young in 1988.
Very very interesting document photo.
Bergenphotos (2906) 2014-09-23 17:45
I was just looking through your very international gallery and zoomed in on USA. I couldn't help seeing that you posted this exactly 5 years before I started my New York Marathon. And that was with plenty of security forces all over the course. The risk had never been higher, but neither had the forces. It leads me to think the world hasn't changed a single bit since Bush Sr was the president. Well, the world has changed a lot, but the issues are still the same and the differences increase, both internally in USA and globally. The US foreign politics is rotten and although I believe pretty much all of them have good intentions, I clearly see why all presidents can be accused of these things. It's just that the president is not alone about making decisions. CIA has been acting extremely unjustifiable on the world stage. This could easily have been written 4 elections later. Or even today. Not much have changed there.
Godt å se bilder som betyr noe og som kan skape litt diskusjon. Tusen takk!
Hilsener fra Bergen.
worldcitizen (8646) 2016-06-14 16:41
I decided to see what US photos were in your gallery, and I found this one. The last lines of your note could be copied and pasted onto any pre-election photo for this year, as well. Nice documentary shot. It's gritty, and it's real.