Barack Obama: The Travellers’ Pick
His father is from Kenya, his mother from middle america, he spent four years living in Indonesia as a child. Obama has been criticized for his lack of foreign policy experience, but with such a finely tuned inner compass for world issues it seems likely that his inherent judgement and morality will more than match his opposing candidate John McCain – a 71 year old ex prisoner-of-war. With conflicts ongoing throughout the middle east, the prospect of having a president who has actually lived in a muslim country and can tell you the difference between Shia and Sunni seems like a huge asset to the U.S. given the current crisis’. The sociological landscape of America has changed dramatically over the last ten years and reports suggest that white americans will be a minority in 2042. The spanish language seems ever more prevalent across the country and with an african american running for president it appears this change has permeated to the very top.
Taking a step away from a white American lead vision for america sounds like a huge step forward, not just for the U.S. but for the rest of the world. A much needed transistion to take the White House back into the real world and to let everyone know that America isn’t opposed to change but is embracing it and looking forward. A quick glance at Google trends shows that worldwide and U.S. search traffic for Obama has been consistently higher than for McCain. The new Facebook lexicon shows that Obama gets a mention in more walls posts than McCain, and a greater number relate to positive comments. News and blog articles seem to favour Obama everywhere you look (unless you watch FOX News). Based on these factors it seems as though Obama is clear winner for the presidency, but who would have predicted that Bush would be able to win a second term 4 years ago. I guess middle america will decide once again.
Last night saw the first in a series of presidential candidate debates, both men were poised behind their podiums for over an hour and a half. Without even listening to their retorts the differences between the two of them is striking, and presents a rather accuarate portrayal of their contrasting approach to the presidency – McCain’s short, stocky, arrogantly lethargic Bush-like appearance brings back painful memories of republican cries for “four more years!”. Obama’s tall, composed, animated and engaging manner inspires a new era for America with fresh insight and progressive policies. Listening to them speak gives a similar impression, and McCain’s unwavering similarities to the current president both in appearance and voice make it easy for him to be perceived as another Bush ready to continue digging the same hole.
The U.S. Presidential election has always gripped the globe, and it’s fascinating to find that across the world everyone seems to have an opinion on these candidates – Malaysia and Indonesia both seem impressively up-to-date on the presidential race and Obama is held in high regard by many. Global interest in American politics is not merely a fleeting observation of another country’s current affairs, but driven by a much more genuine sense of involvement and concern for how impending policies and leadership will impact us all. The recent effect of catastrophic economic collapse in the U.S. on UK finances is a great example of how concerned we should all be about what goes on across the Atlantic.