Obama won and we won

#60. Celebrate. The mood is great. Everybody’s talking. We love Barack Obama. In Australia they are saying it’s the realisation of Martin Luther King’s dream. In Kenya tomorrow has been declared a public holiday in honour of Obama’s “Kenyan-ness”.

Obama didn’t forget anyone in his acceptance speech — he was gracious, inspiring, and even made Jesse Jackson cry. Not since Nelson Mandela has the world had such a “leader”. A man who embraces ideals as he speaks, who talks to everyone, who refers not to “I” but to “we” — as in “we, the people”.

And now for the questions this all raises. Where’s the photo of George Bush leaving the White House with his pot plant from the Oval Office and cardboard box filled with love letters to Condi. What breed of puppy with Obama’s kids choose (I have a spare 3-month-old German Shepherd who prefers Business Day to The Times as a morning meal) and who would probably thrive on some international travel. And then there’s that other question. Can it still be called the White House?

Barack Obama, Jon Stewart, and that Bradley Effect.

#56. Laugh at Barack Obama’s response to the “Bradley Effect” and hope to a higher power that he is right. With CNN starting to count the hours down to the US elections Barack Obama made an appearance on Jon Stewart’s Daily Show and had the audience eating out of his hand. If it was within my power to become an American citizen in the next 48 hours I would do so just so I could cast my vote for someone who talks like a leader.
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