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It's Melissa.  I left Harlem, New York 24 hours ago, flew over the North Pole and landed back in smoggy ol' Delhi. A heady rush of emotion (and severe jet lag) left me sobbing with emotion as President-elect Obama accepted the nomination.  Wow. President Obama.  Pretty amazing.
I'm sorry I'm missing the wild parties back in the US, but I'm excited to be back in India for the election for the chance to see how the rest of the world reacts to the news. This is one of the greatest benefits to being an expat abroad: I get to see my country and myself through the eyes of others.  It is incredibly easy to forget the outside world when you're living in a nation, like the US, that takes up so much of the news on the world stage.  And the US media often opts to forgo international news for the latest sensational news story.  In fact, I had a hard time while in the US staying current on Indian news.  But for now, there is a good reason all eyes are on the US.  We're making history.

From the Indian corner of the world, it seems that people abroad are pretty proud of the US, and excited about the new direction.  It's the first time in a long time that being an American abroad doesn't draw complaints, but rather draws complements and congratulations.  Since 9/11, I haven't felt such a unification of international and national pride.

That feels pretty good, especially since I've felt my country has been so divided over the past few years, and especially the past few months.

I know: this is rather an incoherent posting.  Blame the jet lag.  But I do want to ask you guys something.  Actually, I want to ask the McCain supporters something.  In Obama's acceptance speech he told you he was going to be your president too.  Will he be?  Can he be?  What does he need to do to be?

I, for one, hope so. 


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likethedust wrote:
Nov. 5th, 2008 09:28 am (UTC)
I am an Obama supporter, so I can't really answer your questions, but a lot of people I know are McCain supporters and from what I heard, they absolutely refuse to acknowledge Obama as their president. I believe he could be an amazing president, obviously, but I fear a large percentage of the country will not allow him to do so.
berryswirl wrote:
Nov. 5th, 2008 09:52 am (UTC)
I didn't expect supporters of McCain to acknowledge Obama as their president such a short time after the elections. Change, not only of minds but of any kind, takes time. On the other hand, of course, I should mention I'm from Europe and I've never been to the US. :)
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pariskan wrote:
Nov. 5th, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC)
Whoever won was going to be my President too. Get over it. Yeesh.

You Are Here: standing on the brink of change. It's been a long 16 or more years of same-old, same-old in politics. I'm excited at the prospects ahead; a little apprehensive at some of the possibilities, certainly, but then there's always a mix of good and bad.

Although I was very young at the time, I recall much the same feeling in the people around me when Reagan won the election against Carter. There was a burgeoning hope, an excitement that here, at last, was someone who would lead a nation to be proud of. I am hopeful that President-Elect Obama can do that for us, too.
tamrinm wrote:
Nov. 5th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
Obama is going to be my next president. It doesn't matter if I agree with him or not, I will look to him as my leader. There were many times I disagreed with Clinton and Bush, but I still respected them.
aamalie wrote:
Nov. 5th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
On the subject as to whether or not Obama can/will become "my" president: I can't be sure, but I'm definitely doubtful. Obviously, he is my president and leader, and I will respect him and refrain as best I can from trash talking him, his supporters, etc. However, that's not the question - the question is whether or not I will come to approve of him and how he will lead the country starting in January.

Politically, Obama is very, very liberal. There are very few things on which I agree with him; his ideals are not even close to mine. If he is to earn my approval at all, he will need to realize that though there are many people who swing more to the politcal left, there are many who are conservative and moderate. He needs to walk that middle ground.

Also, change is good - when its for growth and improvement. What I don't want to see is change for the sake of change, or change that will always meet the taste of the public or (especially) the media - because sometimes being in leadership means making the unpopular decisions. (Again, though, I say that under the premise that he remembers moderation, ahem.) He'd also better keep the long-term in mind, no matter what decisions he makes.

Finally, he'd better get some good, experienced, awesomely-amazing military men on his team who know what they're doing. In fact, I'd like to see him surround himself with a bunch of older, experienced people who know what they're doing and who are also moderate and/or varied politically. And then he should listen to their advice.

That's all that comes to mind at the moment.
pewter_wings wrote:
Nov. 6th, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)
Finally, he'd better get some good, experienced, awesomely-amazing military men on his team who know what they're doing. In fact, I'd like to see him surround himself with a bunch of older, experienced people who know what they're doing and who are also moderate and/or varied politically. And then he should listen to their advice.

I'd expect this from any leader worth their salt though.
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mcnellism wrote:
Nov. 5th, 2008 04:15 pm (UTC)
From an independent..
I voted for Ralph Nader. Not because I thought he would win; I voted for him four years ago and I know he wouldn't win. But there were certain stances of both McCain and Obama that made it impossible for me to vote for them (though I agree with Obama on almost everything but a few).

That said, I'm looking forward to the next four years. I think that whatever happens, whatever Obama chooses to do, support or attempt, this is an exciting year to experience an election. Personally, I'm proud of our entire nation. The record number of voters really has me energized! It's so amazing to see people learning about political issues, discussing them, and making informed decisions.

The point of a vote is to express individual opinions. I respect everyone who voted, regardless of their candidate of choice; I'm just glad they participated in the whole process. Equally so, it's important to stay involved, keep voting, contacting representatives and remaining informed.

Even though I was strongly opposed to almost everything President Bush did or stood for, I made it a point to strive to respect him for his position and duties. Barack Obama deserves the very same, even from those who don't support him.

I know change is difficult, albeit exciting...but for those who are having difficulty finding it within their capacity to support Obama, consider that Obama's candidacy inspired so many Americans to register to vote and to get out there and represent their own beliefs.

Until yesterday, I felt as though this nation was spiraling out of control. That was until I drove to the voting center and saw the huge lines (and parking difficulties) and felt my heart fill with national pride, regardless of who won, but moreso in my fellow Americans.

I think the celebration of Obama's victory ought to be coupled with a celebration of the renewal of Americans' interest in what happens here.
onewaystair wrote:
Nov. 5th, 2008 09:52 pm (UTC)
Re: From an independent..
I know what you mean about feeling that the country was out of control. I always made sure to vote when I could, but everyone around me seemed so aggressively cynical about the whole process that there really was no way for them to make a difference. No amount of arguing could convince them that their vote was worth anything.

In this election, a few of those jaded friends of mine finally voted. I hope that more of them will do it next time.

It definitely merits celebration, I think.
invioletstripes wrote:
Nov. 5th, 2008 11:35 pm (UTC)
Yesterday I watched my country pick up a shovel and bury itself. Whether or not I accept Barack Obama seems irrelevant considering.

If, by some miracle, his ridiculous pie-in-the-sky policies are actually put into use and they work, sure, I'll accept him. I'm not unreasonable, I love my country more than I hate Barack Obama. I just have very little faith that he's capable of doing the things he's promised.
gimme_cat wrote:
Nov. 6th, 2008 01:46 am (UTC)
I've seen pictures of celbrations from around the world. India, Japan, Kenya, and Australia among them. I have heard so many outcries of joy and congratulations, and have seen so much happiness reach so far beyond our borders.

To see not only our nation, but the entire world moved so much by the change that was made on November 4th is an amazing, moving thing. It was like a great sigh of relief swept across the vast oceans and wide continents, echoing through the mountains and over enless prairies and deserts with the soft utterance of: "Yes we can, and yes we did."

I am so proud of my fellow Americans. While the rest of the world was ready for a change, we remained stagnant for so long, bitter about our decisions. Finally, after 8 years, we were ready to make a difference, and we did.

We do not celebrate alone, we celebrate with the world. I can not explain how humbled I am by the experience, and how grateful I am that we have finally opened our eyes and did what we thought needed to be done.
lostinthough6 wrote:
Nov. 6th, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
I found I didn't like McCain or Obama in this election. McCain is just out of touch with most US Citizens while Obama, his lack of experience in international politics worries me. In most Obama supporters minds that I've spoken with, this makes me a blind nut or a racist. Neither of those two candidates really cared about any of the issues that I think are important. Obama's new face and outlook are refreshing to see, but I think he'd have done himself and the rest of the nation a favor if he waited to run until the next election. This term will not be an easy one and I think it will be harder on him as the media will pick at his every mistake or perceived mistake. Once he is inaugurated, there will be no question of if he is my president or not. I supported Bush after he was elected and I will support Obama when he is president.
pure_perception wrote:
Nov. 6th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
As much as I'd hate to point this out, it is extremely unlikely that Obama would've won the election if there wasn't a recession going on.

100% Obama supporter.
lostinthough6 wrote:
Nov. 6th, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
Interesting point. In my opinion it's more on the lines of if Bush weren't the previous president, Obama wouldn't have had a chance to be elected. Bush's performance as president reflected poorly on all Republicans. It came as no surprise to me that very few decent republican candidates tried to run.
yyersya wrote:
Nov. 7th, 2008 06:50 am (UTC)
I think he needs to ask McCain's voters permission to be their president, not declare that he will be. Obviously, since he won, once I'm over it, I'll support him. I'm not fond of his policies, and I'm very worried about his lack of experience. I'm worried about his far left voting record, and the appointments he's made so far. The man can speak well, but I can't help but wonder if that's all he can do. Speeches are nice, but they won't run a country.
inksplotched wrote:
Nov. 7th, 2008 09:55 am (UTC)
Er. The winner of a election doesn't need to ask permission to be the president. He is the leader of our nation, whether some people like it or not.
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yineo wrote:
Nov. 16th, 2008 10:52 pm (UTC)
I am incredibly...concerned.

One, that he scares me. Not for any , but that just two weeks ago this nation was so absolutely polarized over him being in any sort of position of power, and now, only two measly weeks later, the nation appears...not so bothered by it; insomuch that none of the facts have changed (apart from the whole election thing), but by only the strength of his words has he allayed most of the concerns and outrages of over 300 million people; such that the nation to which I belong seems to be not unlike how the crowd at a concert all sways in time to the music serenading them, mindless to the passing of time.

Granted, I don't keep up on the research statistics, nor education in group psychology, as much as I should in order to make such bare-faced generalities befitting a people group so large. But the seeming ability to, without rules or regulations, change the mindset of the people over which he will establish his administration, regarding the fact of his administration, scares the willies out of me.

Bottom line: Obama could be very, very good or very, very bad. These next years, I do not sincerely think will be anything less than the most dramatically changing years that America has seen since...

You know, it just occurred to me how hackneyed that phrase is.

Lincoln united a nation over slavery, which didn't inflict riots, but family-splitting civil war. Washington, pardon my probably incorrect perception of US history, had to be the singular vanguard of a fledgling nation. There are better examples of what I'm trying to say, but I sincerely do think that upon Mr. Obama's shoulders rests the same magnitude of direction that the United States of America has faced only at few select times in history, when men whom have made those decisions have now been esteemed into infamy.

Can he be my president? Yes, yes he can. Will he measure up to the legacy of those men who have preceded him, in times as these? It's his choice.

It's much easier to kill a plant than to get one to grow. Not critiquing his gardening skills, but this particular garden was fashioned in a singularly spectacular way, and there isn't a spare we can buy in the store to replace it.
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