Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

01 Nov 2016, 9:46 a.m.

Political Memories

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2016 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

I've been reminiscing about past US elections and administrations.* I've been paying attention to US federal politics since the early nineties, which means I remember a lot of details that many younger politics enthusiasts don't. I decided to dredge some of them up:

I imagine some of my readers will be utterly uninterested in this litany, and some will be a little curious, and some will say "AGGGGH" and remember a bunch of things they thought they had forgot in a partially pleasing and partially disorienting experience. I will admit that this entry is mostly aimed at that last group.

* I misheard Leonard or something and we came up with the phrase "Munchin' Accomplished" which he immediately realized ought to be the name of a George W. Bush-administration-themed food cart. It would serve:

  • Freedom fries
  • Pretzels
  • "Condoleezza" rice (her name is Italian, so, risotto maybe?)


02 Nov 2016, 14:35 p.m.

Oh dear. (I got just over half of these.)

03 Nov 2016, 22:19 p.m.

Since her name comes from "con dolcezza", perhaps a sweet rice pudding?

I am definitely in the last group. (I also eventually stopped referencing some of these--particularly "you forgot Poland" and "Who am I? Why am I here?"--when it was clear that younger people had no idea what I was talking about.)