They’re .. er .. somewhat different in tone, to put it mildly. And they must have used up all the website’s scare quotes in 2004. Then we had :
‘Liberty’ at the heart of President Bush’s foreign policy.
Rice begins work on ‘great cause’.
Not to mention
What Bush means by ‘liberty ‘US vote ‘mostly free and fair’
Admittedly the 2004 page is post-inauguration – but I don’t remember coverage of the result being quite so “Lift up your heads, O ye gates, that the King of Glory may enter in“. Indeed, I recall a certain gloom creeping in at the time the results were announced – one observer claimed that “every single BBC reporter looks like they have just swallowed a wasp“.
You may remember that after 2004, the BBC’s post-election theme was ‘Divided America’.
Although the 2004 vote was 51/48 and the 2008 vote was a not-radically-different 53/46 percentage split, I somehow think that the ‘Divided America‘ theme will go back in the toybox for a few more years.
Not that the BBC weren’t following the pack.
(via Booker Rising)