Monday, September 10, 2012

Us and Them
While we all know this was staged, it's been described as "semi-staged" so as not to provoke the SS from turning the restaurant owner into swiss cheese. Still, it shows what America was founded on. No, not pizza, but on a classless society. This seemed pretty loutish to the Brits we severed allegiance with back in the 1700s, tho.
In Frances Trollope's Domestic Manners of the American she describes her observations upon Andrew Jackson's visit to Cincinnati in the 1830s.
~by subsequent letters I learnt that they [Mister T & wife] had conversed a good deal with him [Jackson], and were pleased by his conversation and manners, but deeply disgusted by the brutal familiarity to which they saw him exposed at every place on their progress at which they stopped; I am tempted to quote one passage, as sufficiently descriptive of the manner, which so painfully grated against their European feelings.
There was not a hulking boy from a keel-boat who was not introduced to the President, unless, indeed, as was the case with some, they introduced themselves: for instance, I was at his elbow when a greasy fellow accosted him thus:
"General Jackson, I guess?"
The General bowed assent.
"Why they told me you was dead."
"No! Providence has hitherto preserved my life."
"And is your wife alive too?"
'The General, apparently much hurt, signified the contrary, upon which the courtier concluded his harangue, by saying, "Aye, I thought it was the one or the t'other of ye."'
Apparently Mister T did not pity the poor fools back then.

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