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Still Smiling

Well, I did wake up slightly later than planned but am in work, have had breakfast and am having coffee.

Browsed my friends list and it seems that either my F-List is overwhelmingly pro-Obama or the pro-McCain side of affairs are keeping very quiet. I've only seen one post in the last few days supporting McCain and the general feeling on my F-List is one of overwhelming relief, support and praise towards the American people for voting Obama as President Elect.

Me, well I'm still smiling from last night :)

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richaje
Nov. 5th, 2008 11:00 am (UTC)
For what it is worth I am sure I disappointed you - I voted for McCain. However, I welcome Barack Obama as my next president and am perfectly happy to rejoice in the conclusion of yet another well-fought US election.
angusabranson
Nov. 5th, 2008 11:27 am (UTC)
I'd be disappointed if you:

a) hadn't voted at all
or
b) were bitter about the election of a Democrat

As you did and aren't I can hardly say I'm disappointed can I?
richaje
Nov. 5th, 2008 11:34 am (UTC)
a) of course I was going to vote. Haven't missed a general election since I was 18.
b) I am proud that Barack Obama was elected president and I hope his election shatters many people's illusions about the American people. I disagree with many of his proposed policies (and loathe the current Congressional leadership) but I am proud of his accomplishment.
bleepyfruhstuck
Nov. 5th, 2008 11:28 am (UTC)
Having voted that way, and as someone not quite safe enough despite an ocean in the way, I'm curious as to why. It was closer than some predicted.
richaje
Nov. 5th, 2008 11:34 am (UTC)
What do you mean "not quite safe enough"?
bleepyfruhstuck
Nov. 5th, 2008 12:03 pm (UTC)
Someone sneezes in the US, the rest of the world catches a cold, is what I mean - the whole world has been watching this election with baited breath, or so it seems.
richaje
Nov. 5th, 2008 12:12 pm (UTC)
I'm always figured it would be close - there was always far more support for Obama the Man (i.e. first black President, good-looking, charismatic fellow with a lovely family) than Obama the Politician (i.e. Chicago Democrat with a host of embarassing political connections and suspected of holding political views much further to the left than his campaign positions). My hunch is that in the final days, his campaign brilliantly used their massively superior financial war-chest to put together one of the best GOTV programs in US history, along with saturation advertising in targeted media markets never before seen in a political campaign.
bleepyfruhstuck
Nov. 5th, 2008 12:46 pm (UTC)
Always thought that the only color that really counts in US politics is green...

Myself, I could never work out the pro-gun/pro-life position (which is understandable coming from a country that has effectively banned the gun period) and I don't think we over here can get our heads around the rather fervent "praise be the Lord" stuff either. All, I assume, are safe Republican voting material.
richaje
Nov. 5th, 2008 12:53 pm (UTC)
Obama's victory was conditioned on an assumption (repeatedly stated by Obama) that he would be pro-gun. If there is a push by the new administration to restrict gun ownership, it will likely result in a dramatic reduction in the number of Democrats in the Congress and greatly endanger his reelection prospects. Similarly, Obama greatly downplayed his pro-choice position, so much that there was significant confusion in the electorate as to his position on that issue.

And Obama strongly identifies himself as a Christian, using religiously derived rhetoric in his speeches. And btw, Obama's campaign position was that he opposes gay marriage.
bleepyfruhstuck
Nov. 5th, 2008 11:25 am (UTC)
For me, this morning's news was more a case of "thank [insert deity of choice] the yanks have seen sense. McCain/Palin looked too horrifying a prospect for comfort.
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