A year on and as usual the tide seems to be turning in the popularity of an incumbent President. I have noticed a lot of the comments lately on my Facebook and MySpace accounts about Barack Obama.
Some seem almost hysterical in their tone and those I have no time for. He also seems to have upset the religious radicals from the beginning but in my book that has always been a point in his favour but I worry that some of the knockers seem to be influencing the more sensible people of America.
But anyway this all brought back to mind the day that he won back in 2008. I was staying in the Seychelles at the time and I do remember it well. I can not say that I remember a single person there being unhappy about his victory and that included the large Brit and Yank ex-pat communities as well as the Seychellois.
I did write a blog that day and this was it as written from downtown Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles. Let me know your opinions a year on.
An Englishman’s Take on Obama… from the Seychelles.
November 5, 2008 by ceeceejaye
Today has been an uplifting day. Sandra and I awoke to the story on CNN that Barack Obama was well on his way to becoming the next President of the USA. After driving the kids to school we had to stay in Victoria for the day and wandered around trying unsuccessfully to find a cup of tea somewhere. No luck, it seems nowhere opens before 9am in Victoria but as we visited the market in search of liquid refreshment Sandra got a call from a friend saying it was official. McCain had thrown in the towel. Such pleasure.
We tried to find somewhere that had CNN running. The American Consular Office was closed and we tried the British High Commission Office but they only had radio, although I did enjoy the air conditioning as a respite to the 80+ degree heat outside. Eventually we made the Pirates Arms for 9 o’clock opening and I sat down to enjoy tea and a toasted bacon sarnie, delicious, and we caught the tail end of Barack Obama’s victory speech.
I must admit I am not that well versed in American politics. I always feel they should apologize profusely and ask permission to rejoin the British Commonwealth,but no seriously, even I have been impressed with the Democrat leader’s attitude. As an outsider it has always seemed to me that he wanted the job … relished it even, whereas McCain comes across to me as a man who just expected the job.
Oh yes McCain comes across well, professional even but Barack Obama seems to my humble eyes to have the fire and the passion. He really might make a difference to the view of America across the world.
All of the time I was watching the speech I felt a real sense of history in the making. A real ‘I remember where I was the day……’ kind of thing and I got caught up in the spirit of it whole heartedly. Sandra of course was ecstatic and after our breakfast we had to visit acquaintances in Victoria so that she could share the glad tidings.
I must admit there was no one that seemed upset that McCain had lost and everyone shared the view that this election could be a real changing point in our history. Not just in America but in the Seychelles and the world in general. Sandra told me that she actually felt proud to an American again. She told me of how she would even pretend to be Canadian to hide her shame at the follies of George Dubya and his cronies And I agree.
All Americans should be proud today that they now have a leader who can restore their true place in the world.
Now on to the UK….. Anyone for David Cameron?
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