Chile From Within

“You know ( Bachelet ) she is the Chilean Obama”

Posted in chile, Chile culture, Viva Chile by tomasdinges on June 25, 2009

On Tuesday, minutes after Obama dodged a question about US culpability for the 1973 coup in Chile, the Chilean press pool asks for a photo opportunity with Obama after his press conference and meeting with President Bachelet. They ask him for a photo, he stammers, seemingly in disbelief.  They then proceed to walk outside, almost forget about their own President Bachelet, the Chilean Obama, according to one of great little video by Fox news White House reporter and blogger Anna Siegfriedt.

The assorted prensurri clamored to be around Obama, and say something, anything, like, for example, “You know she is the Chilean Obama,” said one, who I believe is Constanza Santa Maria, from Canal 13 (immediately left of Obama, with short brown hair.”

The comment by the Chilean reporter set off a wave of Twitter comparisons in self-deprecating, and highly revealing irony, and a blog post by Miguel Paz.

“En Estados Unidos se acostumbra que el Presidente se retrate con los periodistas. En Chile, no tanto. En Estados Unidos los periodistas acostumbran a hacerle preguntas difíciles al Presidente. En Chile, no. Esperemos que esta foto sirva de precedente en ambos aspectos,” said Paz in a Gchat today.

SQP is the Chilean E! The Soup Hospital de Talca is the chilean “Hostel” La Torre Entel is the chilean Statue of Liberty

3:44 PMRafa Araneda is the chilean Ryan Seacrest.
Ponerse en 20 uñas is the chilean Doggy Style
and so and so
El PC armado is the chilean DELL

Comparisons ranged from the historical:

Combate Naval de Iquique is the chilean Pearl Harbor

to the culinary:

Randomfull: Sopaipa is the chilean pretzel.

to the political:
dlazo: Lily Pérez is the chilean Sarah Palin.
dennistobar: Pinochet is the chilean ¿Saddam Hussein?
(with Pinochet I only found two references making him equivalent to Hitler, and a handful to Franco. Pinochet is noticeably absent in this grand conversation.)
to the entreprenuerial:
Daniel Undurraga @eldani is the chilean Mark Zuckerberg jaja! | cierto
to the cultural trends again:
dlandsk: RT @drblood: ¿Pirata is the chilean blockbuster? <- JAJAJ y no es chiste
to the insulting and funny:
tinchocalderon: Paty Maldonado is the Chilean Susan Boyle
to the insightful commentary about Chilean class aspirations:
sophiekitt: Celular de palo is the chilean iPhone
to the geo-political/immigrant commentary:
Outhen: @Contu Jajajaja alunos muy buenoos..pero gusto el “peru is the chilean mexico” xD!
to the cultural again:
Catherine Orellana is the chilean Rihanna
oscarcubillos: Aplaplac is the Chilean Harvard University
natryst: Puente Pio Nono is the chilean Brooklyn Bridge xd
diegovb: “Lanzaso” is the chilean stealing style

dlandsk: callate culiao is the chilean STFU
It goes on and on, independent, spontaneous and unique transmogrifications of Chilean cultural icons to American ones. I don’t know if it an exercise that strengthens Chilean cultural icons, or dilutes them by pairing them with an American counterpart.
But, it does function as an incredibly useful cultural dictionary and a guide, because I would argue if the comparisons are not primarily earnest and a reasonable approximation, they are ironic and contradictory and thus reflective of how the consistently wry Chilean humor deals with the often infuriating experience of living in Chile, as a Chilean or otherwise.

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  1. carlos orrego said, on June 25, 2009 at 3:56 pm

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  2. navneet said, on August 28, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    I found this web site for know more about Chile. I hope it will help you.

    • SUPER PATRIOTA said, on October 20, 2010 at 5:05 am

      what! another primitive hindu? I know you people are desperate to get out of that rat and disease infested country called India. Better mind your own business and I HOPE you are not thinking of moving to MY COUNTRY, CHILE, we have enough of your kind already and hopefully we’ll send you all back pretty soon. We were always SO CAREFUL with immigration to MY COUNTRY, only northern europeans were allowed, but thanks to the marxist Bachelet we have an avalanche of primitive, illeterate, sick, ignorant apes from everywhere. Time to go home!!! GO ARIZONA!!! GO JAN BREWER!!! GO JOE ARPAIO!!! Go France, England, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland!!! for getting rid of all the trash. We should be next real soon.

      • Tomas said, on October 20, 2010 at 5:23 am

        You sound a little bit racist.
        I’m sure Arpaio would welcome you to Arizona.
        Are you the same color as the hindu?
        You spelled illiterate wrong.
        You know early on, like in the 17th century, the Chileans, or maybe the Spanish, banned slavery.
        You know the people from the Basque country who immigrated to Chile are the best Chileans.

  3. David de Clermont said, on February 26, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    How could you have compared Obama to Mme. Pres Bachelet? She has actually achieved goals while in office. Obama is doomed to failure unfortunately. He has no experience and does not have the character for great things. I wish him well, but he will be a mediocre president at best. The last 18 months are proving this to be true.

  4. Rajendra Singh said, on October 14, 2010 at 3:41 am

    please get up now its not too late prepare rescue operation skill ahead and equipment be ready .one must know we all are humanbeing. and we must respect them at the highest degree .those trapped miners must be compensated in double and this should be done by the company or the owner of the mine.

    • SUPER PATRIOTA said, on October 20, 2010 at 5:00 am

      to the indian man or woman, why don’t you mind your own business? who are you to TELL us what to do and how to do it? India is a primitive, filthy, backward country and you have the nerve to speak of ‘preparing rescue operations’? Better go play with your cows coolie.

      • Tomas said, on October 20, 2010 at 5:24 am

        You sound really insecure when you react with such overblown vehemence.
        Are you angry about something, or frustrated?

  5. SUPER PATRIOTA said, on October 20, 2010 at 4:57 am

    I wish the 3rd world people, i.e. Indians, orientals, africans, and the rest of the latin countries, would keep their opinions to themselves re: MY COUNTRY, Chile, and our challenges. We can take care of ourselves, we have the resources, intelligence, each other and if we need anything we can PAY FOR IT. Personally, I hate Bachelet, she was totally unqualified to govern the most prosperous country in Latin America (from mexico to ushuaia.) She is a marxist, her father tried to disband our beloved Armed Forces at a time when we needed unity. She was sent to exile but she kept her marxist ties. Anyway, she’s gone now, we sent her home, and finally we have a center-right president. I wish Piñera would kick out all the 3rd world apes that have moved to MY COUNTRY. They have no business here lest we want to become another U.S.A. VIVA PINOCHET!!! VIVA LAS FFAA CHILENAS!!! VIVA LA POLICIA CHILENA!!! VIVA LA PDI!!!

    • Tomas said, on October 20, 2010 at 5:35 am

      I’m happy that you support the current institutions in democratic Chile, like the Armed Forces, the Chilean Police and the Investigative Unit of the Chilean Police.
      I believe in them, too.
      Do you know what the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is, and when Chile was accepted to be a member?
      Too bad Air Force Brigadier General Alberto Bachelet Martínez is not alive to defend himself from the criticism of his thinking and decisions made during his life.
      Should we always torture Marxists, or Extremists, for their words?
      Or should we just make fun of them, and others like them who choose to express themselves in capital letters?

  6. Nico said, on November 15, 2012 at 2:56 am

    just for the tittle, but if bachellet was 1er president, the tittle should be Obama is the bachellet of USA

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