1. I stumbled on over here for a change. I’m a little curious about the American election results. I have my own ideas regarding the “why” of Obama’s victory. I think he represents hope and not just hope for the U.S., but also for the world. Several pieces in Time and the New York Times seem to reinforce this rather simplistic view (it’s obviously more complex than just “hope”).

    However, I’m curious as to what it means to an actual American; a first-hand opinion as it were! Any possibility of a few words so as not to turn your media blog into a politco-blog (’cause politics gets boring after awhile!)?


  2. Well, there are a lot of things that this means to me — in no special order, here are a few of them:

    I think Obama will be able to help us get back some of the respect we lost over the last 8 years from the rest of the world, hopefully by going about foreign policy in a more considered, diplomatic way.

    I think his positions on the economy and health care will be better for the country as a whole — I know they’ll be better for my own pocketbook, but I’ve also always been a Democrat and always believed in using taxes to provide services for people who need them, including things like Medicare/-aid, welfare, health care, school funding, and on down to soup kitchens, rehab clinics, homeless shelters, free school lunch programs, aid for veterans and the disabled… and the list goes on. Obama has always emphasized that “I AM my brother’s keeper” philosophy.

    Moreover, the dude is inspiring in a lot of ways. He calls on everyone to get involved in creating change, and people respond. I think he’ll be able to get things done, not only in Washington, but also through the actions of everyday people who are eager to take part in the country’s future. I know I’ll be doing what I can, and everyone I know has said the same.


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