Thursday, November 06, 2008

A new day


Yes he can, and indeed, yes he did! Obama is the new president of the USA. Here in little old England we got quite swept up in the fever of the American elections. It was hard not to. It was equally hard sitting back and hoping and praying that something you had no control over would come to pass.

A friend of mine, a self confessed cynic, got annoyed by what she described as Obama bandwagonning over here by some who didn't even know what his policies were. That may or may not have been the case, but what is certainly true is that it does matter to us who runs America, even if we weren't able to help make that decision. It maters to the whole world, not least of all because we get effected by decisions that are made over there. Just look at all the men and women we have lost fighting in a war we should never have joined. Indeed a war that should never have happened in the first place. Bad choice on our part too granted.

Likewise things like their decisions on nuclear testing, energy including oil relations, and their stock market - these things have a direct effect on the UK and the rest of the world. So hell yes, I care about who runs America.

Obama has a hard job ahead of him. Running a country as large and diverse as that is never going to be easy. Plus, once you are in office and faced with the extraordinary complexity of the job, I imagine it's going to be tough to deliver on all of those campaign promises.

But on a positive note I think he is the right man for the job and is hopefully going to lead the USA well and they and the rest of the world will benefit from some long overdue intelligent choices.

Bad luck to McCain. He put up a fight, and he lost. But come on, I mean, the guy totally sabotaged his chances by choosing that nut job Palin as his second in command. What was he thinking? That her straight (read crazy) talking folksy appeal would work on middle America? Even a certified god fearing gun toting voter can see crazy when it's standing in front of him/her.

And onwards...

Picture c/o papermag.com

1 comment:

Sindhu said...

Enjoyed this post too! You're so right - the rest of the world definitely has to care about Obama. The American President has a huge influence on other countries too... it would be ignorant (and foolish) to pretend otherwise, especially when dealing with one of the most powerful countries in the world today, if not THE most powerful country.