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From: Cory Bhreckan <>
Subject: Re: Diana, Princess Of Wales & Continuing Mindless Celebrity Worship
Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2007 23:58:31 GMT
allan connochie wrote:
> <> wrote in message
>> On Oct 17, 3:44 pm, "allan connochie" <> wrote:
>>> "D. Spencer Hines" <> wrote in
>>>> None of them came from Quite Wealthy Backgrounds.
>>> I'd imagine that because of their positions before entering politics that
>>> both Reagan and Eisenhower would have been quite wealthy. However I take
>>> point with the rest. Seemingly the US is far more egalitarian than the
>>> average Brit gives it credit for. It does seem that an ordinary person
>>> hope to be President just as much as PM.
>> Historically it has been more meritocratic than the UK. Recently the
>> US has become much less meritocratic:
>> The weirdest example is Yales' Skull and Bones Society -- John Kerry
>> and George Bush were both members. Early in the 2004 campaign the
>> other major candidate (Howard Dean) was also a Yale man. Gore went to
>> Harvard. All but Dean are sons of Senators, but Dean has a pretty
>> strong connection to the Aristocracy -- his Grandmother used one of
>> Dubya's grandmothers as a bridesmaid.
>> Right now the front-runner is a President's wife. McCain's father, and
>> grandfather were Admirals. Romney's dad was a Governor. Obama's a
>> strange case -- he's also an 8th cousin to Dick Cheney on his mother's
>> side, and his father may have been a Kenyan Aristocrat. Guliani and
>> Edwards are the only ones who can argue they're 100% non-blue-blooded.
> Thanks. I must admit that I'm quite surprised that so many of the Presidents
> have been normal folks. I had the impression, obviously a misguided one,
> that everyone who ran for President was rich.
You only have to dig back to the last decent one (the previous one) to
see that's not the case.
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The less chance we have of being killed." - William Topaz McGonagall