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Congrats.

Within the universe of realistically electable politicians in the U.S. -and actually stretching it quite a bit via charisma, organization and timing-, I think Obama is a good choice for President, and I'm glad Americans chose him.

That said, and echoing The Onion: if this is how bad things have to get before Americans elect a marginally competent-looking President, then we are all still in a deep hole. Racism, religious hatred, discrimination against gay couples, political ignorance (Nb: Obama might stand to the left of McCain, but he's *far* to the right of any socialist), and, gods save us, middle names are still issues. Last night, forty-eight percent of the American population was OK with the thought of Sarah Palin as VP; I couldn't make up stuff like this if I tried. Should anything particularly bad happen during the next four years -and it's not a terribly unlikely possibility, considering the current state of the world and the mounting challenges we face-, I fear to think what could happen in 2012.

This is a good first step. Celebrate, you've earned it. Keep going. Let us know how we can help.


PS: Not that other countries are that much better at choosing leaders (when they can), mind you.

PS2: On a lighter note, loved this video from The Onion.

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__marcelo
Nov. 5th, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
That was great. I hope it's the beginning of good things.
outlawpoet
Nov. 5th, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC)
I was watching the returns, and I bet he was too. I'm hoping that mention means that he plans to position appointees or support people who are going to have to do something once they're sure Prop 8 has passed (98% votes counted, and it's 2 points ahead, at this moment).
browngirl
Nov. 5th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
He did. And I would say more but there's a kid talking to me. But I am so with you here, I am.
brown_betty
Nov. 5th, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
Re: the Onion, a sick and masochistic part of me is getting a kick out of imagining the 2012 Sarah Palin/Bender Bending Rodriguez ticket. It's got a sort of contemptuous for humanity beauty.
__marcelo
Nov. 5th, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean. It'd be a disaster, a terrible thing, and there'd be no way we could stop looking at it in fascination.
brown_betty
Nov. 5th, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
Finally, a campaign that refers to the electorate as fleshbags, and runs on a platform of making biological evolution illegal!
browngirl
Nov. 5th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
O woman, how I love how you think.
__marcelo
Nov. 5th, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
Palin/Bender --- They have *both* talked with God.

Palin/Bender --- Because they are willing to make sacrifices... blood sacrifices, to revive Nixon's head.

Palin/Bender --- One of them might be a lifeless criminal sociopathic android, but the other has a shiny metal ass.

Bender --- Intelligent Design made clear.

Palin/Bender --- Endorsed by the National Laser Association.

Palin/Bender --- They will HUNT and KILL that pesky John Connor.

Hrm. I think I might be missing the real good ones.
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