Go! Smell the Change in the World!

Posted on November 5th, 2008 by god
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Arvind here, bleary eyed after having stayed up all night following the USA presidential election online.

What excitement as President Elect Obama moved to that magical 270 votes mark!

Our world will surely never be the same again and I can smell a great sense of optimism in the air.

Obama’s victory has been acclaimed all around the world – in fact if people around the world had been voting yesterday he would have won by a massive landslide. There is this clever website which invited people worldwide to vote – check it out here.

There is a breakdown from 213 countries around the world. This also makes me wonder just how many “countries” there are in the world – I thought the number was around the 200 mark.

How did you spend election night? Do you even care?

And do you see this as a new beginning and a precursor for positive change or more of the same?!

Do share…


26 Responses to “Go! Smell the Change in the World!”

  1. A/C says:

    GDay Arvind..

    Argh You beat me to it…
    lol

    I sat and watched the special news broadcast this afternoon at about 5.30pm…
    including Obamas Speech from Chicago. this went for an hour. Then we the news which included another 10 minutes, the the 7.30 report which was another 30 minutes, followed by the late news, 10.30pm till 11.30 pm… and that was the ABC. the commercial stations I have no idea how much coverage they have given but it will be a full days worth.

    He is a very impressive man, well educated, exptremely well spoken, and a gifted speeker, his ability to inspire others and have themlove him is amazing to say the least.
    I am sure he will make huge changes to America and most will be for the best, such as free health care, like we have.

    I am toubled however, a little unsettled by his overwhelming win, and his world wide popularity.
    He has reached an Almost God like status on a Global scale, and this has me wondering why?

    I understand he is the first Black American to become President. This is a huge step, but one which is to long coming, in this day and age race, gender and colour should not be an issue, it should be based on the best person for the job.
    I do think he is a much better choice the John McCain.
    But I still can not understand the Global Popularity he has been given.
    Perhaps I am niave, perhaps still hiding in the dark ages, I do understand given Americas position in the World, we all have an interest in who is running the place, but this still does not account for his celebrity/Godlike Status around the Globe.
    This is a little frightening… so much influence, so much power and so much pressure, I just hope he can deliver what he has promised and what is expected by him.
    In these times I think we will find out soon enough, I wish him all the best as he makes the transition from now to Jan 20 2009.
    and I shall be looking on with great interest as he starts to make headroads in the changes which are so deperately needed.

    I do make one prediction however:
    The Global Credit Crisis will end by around the 1st March 2009, he will take charge and everything will be put right, very quickly….

    • Arvind says:

      AC – Obama is such a breathe of fresh air and I can now understand how people must have felt in the era of John F Kennedy.

      Part of his charm and appeal is surely due to what has gone on in the 8 years before.

      He offers hope for change and to understand his huge popularity outside of the USA, you only have to realise just how low Americans have fallen in esteem outside the USA in the last decade.

      And looking at the findings of a lot of the exit poll surveys, Obama’s colour became a secondary thing. Even the white Americans in the mid-states chose him as he was the best man for the job and offered hope for positive change.

      Here in the UK, we have had blanket coverage of the election for the last 48 hours – we are after all the 51st state :-)

      • A/C says:

        followed closely by AUS All united states.. lol….

        On all the coverage here… it has been really odd…
        I dont know I understand its a huge deal etc…. but still.. hmmm…
        I dont know I will work out what it is that is bothering me…
        eventually … :)

        • Arvind says:

          AC – our lives are now so inter-dependent world-wide that it is not surprising that the US presidential election gets such global coverage.

          Maybe you are wondering how this election outcome will impact your day to day life. Perhaps somewhere in there is the reason for what is bothering you.

      • Arvind,

        Until I read your post and started to read the comments, I had no idea how much global coverage this received. Something has shifted in my brain, but not quite a paradigm shift…Uh, oh. I hope I didn’t lose anymore marbles. LOL!!

  2. Hi Arvind,

    I really like the global poll. I didn’t turn on the television until about 9 pm when most news stations would begin covering everything. Since I live in California, they don’t begin until polls close on the other side of the nation. I was quite excited and kept looking at the information from the internet. I do regret missing Senator McCain’s concession and President elect Barak Obama’s acceptance speechses in full. But, I know it is on the Internet somewhere.

    For both myself and the country, I feel excited that there will be change. However, apprehensive about how that will be accomplished. I liked that Obama acknowledged that there was a long road ahead that would take a very long time. I am proud that as a nation we elected the first Black president of the U.S., but I am concerned because prejudice runs deep in parts of the country…they carry guns too.

    Obama is a great orator, has charisma, seems in touch with the people more than we’ve seen in a long time, and an ability to be steady and calm. There is eventually going to be fall out as the reality of what he is facing hits the nation and the nation will blame him eventually. From as high as he is, he will fall some eventually. However, I am grateful that I live in a country where we can vote for who we think the best person is for President. I’m tired…I’m waiting for some of the propositions outcomes.

  3. Purple13 says:

    I spent last evening in a sensible manner – asleep in bed!

    Sorry – I know I should be more interested but a campaign thats lasted that long and consumed so much money i think is just too double sided when compared with the good such funds could have done.

    I’m glad america is feeling more optimistic – its come at a heavy financial price.

    Also, at the risk of being branded a sceptic, my own voting experience has taught me that personally it doesn’t matter who i vote for as once in power they’re all pretty much the same. The rich get richer, the rest of us slave away to make ends meet.

    It doesn’t matter which party is voted in, that’s the way it is.

    Glad you enjoyed your nigh though mate – I’d have preferred a James Bond marathon myself…… (now there’s an idea).

  4. Lib says:

    Well Arvind.

    It’s one of the first times in a long time that I’ve woken to good news.

    Without a shadow of a doubt he is the best man for the job and I think Sarah Palin was McCain’s downfall. He almost became a secondary figure in his campaign which was obviously never going to win him the election. And it didn’t help that that the person he was overshadowed by was an absolute power-hungry mentalist.

    @ AC – I don’t think he has reached God like status (yet, lol) I just think people are clinging onto a positive person in what is in recent times a completely negative world. My only query would be that Obama’s campaign was unique in the sense that no other presidential candidate in history has had access to the kind of money he did, his donations totalled more than the 2 last presidential candidates put together. So perhaps with that kind of money, you can pretty much put anyone you want in the Whitehouse.

    The only thing I have picked up on is the fact that people are calling him a World leader, as far as I’m aware, that wasn’t the original job description and if this is the expectation of the masses, then he is set for an almighty fall.

    I do think it’s good that he’s the next American president (and he’s quite easy on the eye as well) but as far as curing the world of all ills? Quite simply there is no one on earth that could complete that task, not even God, if he exists.

  5. moooooog35 says:

    I spent the night crying in the corner of a room.

    Sincerely,

    John McCain

    • Arvind says:

      Great concession speech, John!

      Joking aside, I was really impressed with the grace and charm with which John McCain accepted defeat.

      It was heart warming to see him calming down the small majority of the crowd who started to boo and hackle. He laid the foundations for America to reunite behind the president-elect, no matter what their differences up till now.

  6. I guess what will really be interesting is if he can meet the expectation. The fact that the Democrats control both houses will mean there is little excuse (although there isn’t the magic majority needed to railroad everything). So he will really be expected to deliver.
    Entering office while the economy is on a downward spiral and the war in Afghanistan is entering a really tricky stage in terms of the Pakistan question will mean Bidon will really have to earn his cash as VP.

    However it will bring an upturn in the way the US is viewed, probably regardless of policy, which can only help the world in pulling together in the truly global issues of climate, trade/economy and the UN/international disputes. Regarding Lib’s question of being ‘world leader’ like it or not the US still pulls the worlds strings – the credit crunch is visible proof.
    Lets wait and see.

    One footnote, I think is McCain’s running mate. Whilst probably not being the best choice he could have made the media did have a field day with her and were a touch out of order at times. However she hardly helped herself – not the smartest move McCain made.

    • Lib says:

      I agree that in terms of power, America still yields the most. Marginally.

      But in no way is it the power it once was and half of their problems have been caused by their arrogance thinking that they are.

      An arrogance that I don’t think Obama has, that in itself will serve him for many years.

    • GIT~

      With Palin, I thought, “What were they thinking?” I still can’t believe the choice. However, this does set her up to move higher in politics. She is able to capture an audience, excite and motivate people, and is charismatic. It will be interesting to see with more experience how she does politically in the future. At this point though, stick to being governor of Alaska.

      CC

      • Lib says:

        Really CC? I would have said that she has committed career suicide in recent weeks.

        The fake call from Sarkozy would be especially hard to distance yourself from I imagine.

        • Yes, but in politics it does always make sense. People will remember her name. And, maybe she will learn. Yes, the fake call from Sarkozy was sad and hilarious. I guess, in rethinking it, it will either boost her career or kill it. A lot of people here really liked her because she was so personable. If you combine that with learning from experience, you have a contender. She is just so green with only two years as governor of ALASKA!! It will be interesting, but everyone knows her name and it isn’t necessarily negative.

        • Lib says:

          Sorry CC but I completely disagree with you.

          Hitler was ‘personable’ so was George Dubbya to a certain extent, it means nothing.

          And I really don’t think she can learn.

          She’s a member of the National Rifal Association
          Regularly hunts
          She’s a pro-lifer (but also supports birth control)
          She’s against same-sex marriage
          And she’s built her career on ethics reform and whistle blowing

          Even more offensively, she is a nobody who is a wannabe with no visible morals that are her own. But the biggest truth of them all is that she is a liar. Plain and simple, here are 12 documented (and today still uncorrrected) things that she lied about

          -She has lied about the Bridge To Nowhere. She ran for office favoring it, wore a sweatshirt defending it, and only gave it up when the federal congress, Senator McCain in particular, went ballistic. She kept the money anyway and favors funding Don Young’s Way, at twice the cost of the original bridge.

          - She has lied about her firing of the town librarian and police chief of Wasilla, Alaska.

          - She has lied about pressure on Alaska’s public safety commissioner to fire her ex-brother-in-law.

          - She has lied about her previous statements on climate change.

          - She has lied about Alaska’s contribution to America’s oil and gas production.

          - She has lied about when she asked her daughters for their permission for her to run for vice-president.

          - She has lied about the actual progress in constructing a natural gas pipeline from Alaska.

          - She has lied about Obama’s position on habeas corpus.

          - She has lied about her alleged tolerance of homosexuality.

          - She has lied about the use or non-use of a TelePrompter at the St Paul convention.

          - She has lied about her alleged pay-cut as mayor of Wasilla.

          - She has lied about what Alaska’s state scientists concluded about the health of the polar bear population in Alaska.

          How do you come back from that? You can’t.

          And if she did? Shoot her with one of her own guns because she’s rotten to the core.

        • A/C says:

          any person male or female that goes around saying ‘Oh thats COOL’ really wont get to the white house.

          Can imagine meeting the Russian President, he says “how are things going in Iraq?” resonse: “oh its all Cool”
          hmm just doesnt work on so many levels… :)

        • Lib

          However, I think that anything can happen in politics here. And, there are lots of people who agree with her politics; however, I am not saying that I do or don’t. She can also mature and change her view points. The “personable” factor has a huge impact on the decisions that we make. Given two candidates, a person will usually pick the most personable one despite their stand on issues. Strange things can happen in politics.

          By the way, I am NOT a Sarah Palin fan and don’t see her as President, but I do see a chance for her to move up in politics. In spite of her flaws which are many, I was quite surprised by the number of people who liked her and wanted to vote for her. I still don’t get it and unfortunately, do.

          CC

  7. earthmother says:

    I loved his acceptance speech. YES WE CAN! Yes we can come together, work together, bridge our differences and create a world that we’re proud to pass along to our children. Yes we can.

    I woke up feeling empowered again, ready to start a new chapter.

    If Obama can do it, what can I do? How can I serve humanity? How far can I go? Where is the glass ceiling of personal potential? Is there one?

    I don’t see our president-elect as a Messiah, the savior who’s going to rescue us. And I certainly don’t think he is perceived as such, nor has he been portrayed that way, here in the States. [interesting if that's the perception overseas]

    I think he is a young, charismatic leader who has inspired a nation to wake up, take action, and be heard. I do believe ‘we the sheeple’ have transformed into We the People once more.

  8. AngryfromEllesmerePort says:

    It’ll be interesting to see how the Middle East views Obama.

  9. JacquelineFromCanada says:

    Throughout this whole election, with the promises of rebuilding America and having all the answers, it seemed to me that the running mates belittled the economic situation going on in the country. I thought, that no matter who won, though I was staunchly supporting the democratic Obama, they’d still be faced with a $10 trillion defecit, and 2 wars.
    How they’ve remained so hopeful and nonchalant throughout their campaigns, considering what they’ll be inheriting, baffled me. Though it gave the people hope, it shone light on these dark ages they’ve been living through with the Bush administration, what impressed me most (besides McCain’s humble and gracious concession speech) was how Obama, in his victorious moment, became the realist the country needs just as much as the idealism he’s demonstrated throughout his campaign.

    “We know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime — two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century,” Obama said in his victory speech in Chicago’s Grant Park. “There is new energy to harness and new jobs to be created, new schools to build and threats to meet and, for us to lead, alliances to repair.”

    I have a great amount of faith in this man, in his character, his morals, his intellect, and his words. He’s admitted it won’t be quick or easy, but promises that the people of America will get there. Together. As your neighbor to the north, I am proud of the change I see, I am proud of the decision that’s been made, and I am anxious to see how gloriously your country can be restored.

    • JacquelineFromCanada,

      Very well put, as an American I too liked the realistic and less enthusiastic Obama. He refocused on what was ahead of him and the nation. I too am anxious to see how the country will be restored. It will take faith, steadfastness, patience, endurance and much more for everyone. What an historic election all the way around!!

      CC

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