Korea Presidential Election 2007

18 Dec

Thus far I haven’t found the campaign season very enjoyable. Even though I live on the nineteenth floor when stumpers appear in the side of small trucks, making speeches and blaring loud music at seven in the morning, I still get woken up. However, the election takes place tomorrow and that means no work for me! Whoo-hoo!

I haven’t been paying much attention, short of asking my girlfriend who she’s voting for, because I’ve been trying to stay up to date on American politics. Alas, m’lady appears to be siding with front-runner Lee Myung-bak, probably because (not in spite of) the fact that there is so much 스캔들/scandal surrounding him. Lee may even be celebrating his victory tomorrow with an investigation.


Here’s a satirical photo of Mr. Lee snagged from Mens et Manus, who also notes a resemblance between Mr. Lee and Marilyn Manson, which I think is a bit of a stretch.

Above is a summary of Lee Myung-bak’s campaign and the Korean campaign style in general. There are twelve candidates in all and each is assigned a number. He’s candidate #2. Supporters dance to an old song rewritten with lyrics that state the platform of the candidate and go for the hard sell. Oh yes, the old song and dance routine.

A representative, if not the candidate himself, stands in the cut-out side of a van and shouts slogans and speeches over a loudspeaker. This sort of stuff is happening all over the city at the moment, likely all over the country. I have yet to see this guy in the bra and panties though. I guess you can’t choose your supporters.

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Posted by on December 18, 2007 in Politicklish, Seoul Days


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