On Barack Obama win

I haven’t been following the US presidential race closely.  I remember watching a few speeches by Ron Paul, and thinking that he is a really nice guy.  But somehow I doubted that he could win.  Barack Obama’s speeches were the next best thing, even though I saw just a few of them.  Here is a quote from Slashdot discussion on the subject, that I particularly enjoyed:

The thing that absolutely amazes me is the international reaction to Obama’s win. I knew that the reputation of America and Americans had been battered over the past few years, but I never suspected that it was as bad as it was. I watched the results last night, said a little “huzzah!” when Obama was declared, listened as McCain gave a warm, dignified, and gentlemanly concession speech, and then went to bed thinking I’d seen it all. I woke up at about 4:45 this morning and I’ve been flipping between news stations ever since. I got a little emotional last night during the speeches, but I’m absolutely devastated by the number of non-Americans who are dancing in the streets over Obama’s win. I never thought I’d see video of a few hundred Chinese people jumping around and chanting “Obama! Obama!” A reporter in France walked up to a woman and simply said “Obama?” Her face lit up and she simply said “C’est formidable!” Kenyans are throwing feasts in his honor. Arab and Persian states are happy. Israel is happy. Pakistan is happy. Australians are losing their damned minds over it. Russia is… well, they’re kinda grumpy, but they’re not having a good year.

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Well, I guess I am in the happy and joyful crowd.  It feels like something big happened.  But we are yet to see if this feeling has any substance.

5 thoughts on “On Barack Obama win”


  1. People voted against Bush, not for Obama. His rating will fall rather quickly unless he does something really impressive.


  2. Perhaps. The sad (?) thing is that it looks like Obama doesn’t have much money to do something really impressive. We’ll see if that will be a stopping factor.

    And in any case, if not Obama, then who? McCain? Clinton? Palin? They are worthy candidates to vote against too. :)


  3. Lana,

    I think this time something was wrong on your side. I checked the SPAM folder and couldn’t find any comments from you. All comments from you are coming through just fine lately.

    Maybe you could post it again?


  4. It’s OK. I’ve just said before that even the students’ community of the University of Glasgow were watchful on the elections result in USA, and I even spotted a motto “Go Obama” on Ksusha’s Facebook and MSN profile.

    They were celebrating Obama’s win all that night till small hours.

    P.S. Students… The will celebrate everything if it’s gonna be “till small hours” :)

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