Students React to Bush Victory
Bush wins: Student react with protests, apocalyptic views and conspiracy theories.
November 3, 2004 12:58 PM
The loss of the presidential candidate John Kerry evoked a strong reaction on SF State Campus on Wednesday after the preliminary election results came in. Students’ feelings ranged from protesting to apocalyptic views and conspiracy theories.
“Oh shit, we’re all gonna die,” yelled some students in the student depot who watched MSNBC Wednesday morning news broadcast showing 51 to 48 percent votes leading Bush to victory.
Students in protest organized at least one walk out Wednesday cruising around campus, yelling “walk out, get Bush out,” trying to gain more support.
Most students asked though were not surprised about the outcome of the elections.
“There is something about him,” said Zhang. “He believes in what he does and he stands firmly on that. He was meant to make trouble in the Middle East that could lead to World War III. It’s not positive, but it’s true”. Chang also added that to his knowledge most of the Chinese community voted for Kerry. He himself voted for neither and picked an independent party candidate.
Bo Kim, a member of Korean Student Organization watched TV last night following the election coverage. “I was surprised to see that much red,” she said referring to the color of the republican states on the map compared to the blue color of the democrats. “I thought it was half and half,” she added.
Eddie Lee, 20, a member of Asian Student Union (ASU) on campus said he was not surprised. But he had a feeling Bush was going to win. But when he heard the news Wednesday morning his reaction was rejecting. “I was throwing up, ” he said, “I could not believe what was happening.” Lee said that a lot of parents are worried about their college-age children getting drafted.
Jerry Chan, 23, also a member of ASU, offered an explanation for the Bush’s victory. “Bush did a good job connecting to people especially colored communities,” said Chan. “It’s hard when you have two party system and people like me are still in the position where violence and poverty are the biggest issues. Whether it’s republican or democratic party, I’m still in the same place.” Chan said that’s how many people still think and feel powerless about their vote.
Another explanation offered by Omar Alcala, 18, a business major student, had to do with the origins of each presidential candidate in relation to the Midwest and the South, the main battlegrounds. Because Bush is from Texas, Alcala said, he could get the Southern States and the Midwest where Kerry who is from Massachusetts did not stand a chance.
Some students said that Bush was likely to win because he made a “lot of mess” in the Middle East and is a better candidate to clean it up than someone new.
Jaih Mcreynolds, a representative of the Associated Students Inc., said she was shocked to see the results. She said that when she watched the election on TV and saw only a few states mostly on the East and the West coast colored blue, she could not understand why. “I’m glad that California was one of the few states that supported Kerry, but the rest of the nation is not feeling the same way,” she said.
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