Friday, November 7, 2008
Global 411: Obama
A lot has happened this week and I have been reluctant to post right away, as I needed to come to terms with just happened. First of all, as an American, I am thrilled with the new path my fellow citizens have decided upon and it has restored my faith in possibility. Now we just need to keep the energy focused on the issues at hand and work on solutions: this game is just getting started. Mostly it gives me hope in what electing Barack Obama means for the younger generation, who now know for sure, that the promise of the American dream, can really be attained through hard work after all and not simply from wealth, power & family connections (Cough. Bush. Cough, cough.) And here, it is also important to recognize the very power of the youth vote, over which 67% voted in favor of Obama. But mostly I am happy to witness a leader who is educated, interested, eloquent, engaging, etc. and actually has the ability to gain respect back from the global community. I know many of you feel the same from the emails I have received throughout the week, mainly from my friends in the US. Thanks for sharing your experiences! It sounds like NYC was on fire with energy that night, as it was in the rest of the world :)
Watching the election unfold in Canada was no less exciting, as I went to the local Democrats Abroad function in Yaletown, where it was packed wall to wall with Obama supporters & press, who cheered & booed at the TV screens as the results rolled in from across America. People were happy, emotional, and eventually...relieved. Can't wait for the Oval Office overhaul in 2009!
**And it should be noted, that in a recent poll done in Canada, up to 83% of us would have voted for Obama too.