US Election Result

Barack Obama wins 2 to 1 and in my opinion, from what I've seen in the papers and TV coverage over the past few months, I feel he is the right choice.

Although I'm an avid follower of politics, I've not got too involved with these elections. It could only be America that turns an episode of Question Time into an episode from a Jeremy Kyle show. Everything was hazy, hesitant, stuttery, and it actually made me feel proud for our bumbling Politicians back here in the UK, and all the while the audience shouted, wooped and hailed yeah whenever McCain or Obama were mentioned.

One thing that I found surprising was just how much the audience talked about history and race. I found it strange that even today, having a black candidate was hard to swallow for some of the American audience, and even last night during the results on the BBC, there were accusations of racism, which were of course played down.

There was also a lot of talk about American history (not surprising I hear you say as there normally is with British politics too), however with British politics it normally goes as far back to about the 1970s. Back in America I was really surprised that they brought up issues to as far back as the early 1900s, at one point even World War 2 was brought into context as one disgruntled member of the audience fought it out with a Professor on the panel.

It was this little episode where I decided to shut off, the member felt that there was no way at all that this Professor, who had spent his life studying American politics and history, was right at all and set about constantly, rudely interuptting him. All the while the Jeremy Kyle crowd wooped and cheered leaving me to question how old these people were and what zoo they had escaped from?

One thing that all of the audience did seem to have in common was the hope of the American dream. Obama talks about the American dream in his speeches, echoing Martin Luther King, and his victory speech can be found at length here at The Times. I'd like to highlight the opening verse:

If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.

It’s the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen; by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the very first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different; that their voice could be that difference.

It’s the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled – Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America.

If anyone can take the American people to live the American Dream it is Obama. Simply because he is a President that won't look to take over the world like Bush, but simply will be a President that will look after America. Yeeeehaaaa!

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