Nerves of Steal

Plenty of People Think Al Gore Won the Election, Yet George W. Bush Is President-Elect. Thievery?

ALBERT DAVIS
Age 54
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Retired

Did George W. Bush steal the election? Yes. I hated what happened with the Supreme Court. On Saturday they said, "Stop counting," and on Monday they said, "You're out of time." It was like watching an election in some third-world country.

Will he make an OK president? I think he's a guy who might want to do the right thing, but he's being manipulated. On the one hand he's got Colin Powell, and on the other hand there's John Ashcroft. It's going to be interesting when those two square off.

What did you ever steal? I stole money from my mother whenever I needed extra change for lunch, but I did it respectfully. If she had a $10 bill in her purse, I would leave that and only take a single.


NATALIE NARDONE
Age 19
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Actress

Did George W. Bush steal the election? No. I think George W. Bush deserves to be president and Gore's reaction is just sour grapes. The only way Gore could stand the fact that Bush won the election was by being a whiny little brat.

Will he make an OK president? Yes. He's going to surprise a lot of people.

What did you ever steal? I've never stolen a pencil. My conscience would bother me too much. You could say I stole my ex-boyfriend's heart.


JOE CRUZ
Age 38
Resides North Jersey
Occupation Warehouse employee

Did George W. Bush steal the election? I'm not sure. In my 38 years, I've never seen it take that long to determine who won the presidency.

Will he make an OK president? No. Whatever he does, he'll never be as good as Clinton. I think it's going to be very hard to be the American president over the next four years because of the economy and the ongoing wars overseas. The Middle East is going to be a big problem for the new president.

What did you ever steal? I was never a very good thief. I once stole $10, but I couldn't enjoy it or what I was able to buy with it because I felt so guilty.


DONALD SCOTT
Age 45
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Hairdresser

Did George W. Bush steal the election? Yes. Even though I voted for Gore, I haven't protested the result. In fact, I feel pretty mellow about what happened. I just hope it's good for the stock market.

Will he make an OK president? I don't know, we'll have to see.

What did you ever steal? On that abstract level, do you mean have I ever stolen an election? Or had anyone killed to get something? No, although I might have thought about it for a minute. As kids, my friends and I stole some fishing lures.


JOSHUA SUZANNE
Age 37
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Owner, clothing store

Did George W. Bush steal the election? The American public allowed him to become president. Clinton said that Gore had won the popular vote, and that the Republicans had to stop the counting. I was so relieved to finally hear him talk about that.

Will he make an OK president? He traded Sammy Sosa. You tell me, is this man a good decision maker? Gore should have used that in the debates.

What did you ever steal? I stole a candy bar and my parents made a huge deal out of it. I probably never stole again because of their reaction.


ROY AMIKER
Age 29
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Singer

Did George W. Bush steal the election? Yes. His father was the former president and a lot of powerful people wanted the son to win. Florida was supposed to be a Democratic state, and all of a sudden it went Republican? There are covert operations that we know nothing about.

Will he make an OK president? No, he's a puppet. Every time you see him interviewed he looks so nervous, as though he can't believe he's here.

What did you ever steal? If people say they never stole anything, they're lying. I stole little things like chips and candy.


SUJIN WATTANAWONGCHAR
Age 30
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Artist

Did George W. Bush steal the election? My feeling about the election is that Bush got a lot of votes, and he also got a lot of help from his brother in Florida. His cabinet is practically his father's.

Will he make an OK president? We'll see. Everybody in the country is waiting and watching.

What did you ever steal? I can't remember because I was just stopped by the police, who accused me of opening the lady cop's bag as I passed her. I was so scared. My heart's still beating like crazy.

 
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