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Every time I've been to France this year, and also during my Latin America tour, everyone asked me about Obama. As noted in the WaPo article, people outside of the US are following this presidential campaign much more closely than any other. At least for France, I think part of the attraction is the general fascination with Africa and African-Americans in general. After all, there was a major presence in Paris during the Harlem Renaissance. Even now, one of my favorite jazz singers, Dee Dee Bridgewater, has a CD entitled "J'ai Deux Amours/I Have Two Loves," inspired by Josephine Baker.

Back to Obama: he looks like the rest of the world. But I'm still feeling pretty ambiguous about him. I think I'd be happy with any of the lot, really. It'd be interesting to have Cindy McCain as first lady, as she's on the board of CARE and Halo Trust, and founded her own NGO. McCain himself did a lot to normalize relations with Vietnam, something I'm not sure I'd be able to do if I had had his experience there.

*The Economist, 10 January 2008
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On June 5th, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC), congogirl commented:
pardon my language but.
I didn't realize he was Luo. Interesting.

I have some BIG problems with McCain. Not that I don't have qualms with the others, but sorry, I'll never be able to get behind a man that calls his wife a cunt, especially with government employee witnesses.

And that whole thing about supporting the war in Iraq, too.
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On June 5th, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Re: pardon my language but.
Oh but he meant it in a loving manner I'm sure. *grimace*
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On June 5th, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC), damiandoyle commented:
That Economist quote is a gem.

I'm with congogal about McCain. I saw his little speech at the AIPAC or whatever it is. He's a warmonger.
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On June 5th, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
At least he knows the reality of war, not like ol' Bushie.
On June 5th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC), damiandoyle replied:
True, although I seem to recall his little excursion to Iraq - was it last year? - when he was protected by a shitload of troops and helicopters and didn't leave the green zone and saw only what the military wanted him to see (or he wanted to see). The TV footage made it look like he was just strolling the streets of liberated Iraq. That's politics, I spose.
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On June 5th, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
"Liberated Iraq" for the next 100 years, more like.
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On June 5th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC), 13oct commented:
Himm... it takes skill to call your wife a trollop and a cunt in one sentence. Can't say that i am very impressed with McCain.

Regarding Obama, I know what you are talking about. Like it or not, most of the wired world follows the US elections. This year for the first time, I have noticed people actually actively debating the elections instead of being all high and mighty about it. Whether it's Nepal or Bhutan, India or the UK, it's fascinating to see the level of interest in Obama.
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On June 5th, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Yeah. Really presidential.

Hopefully the "international community" won't be disappointed in November!
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On June 5th, 2008 11:09 pm (UTC), 13oct replied:
LOL you should have seen the reaction to Bush getting re elected in Katmandu. I happened to be there at that time and it was hysterical.
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On June 5th, 2008 11:34 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I was in Burkina Faso and people actually said they were sorry for me!
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On June 6th, 2008 09:17 am (UTC), nausica2 commented:
Personally I find your elections system fascinating. And I'm watching The west wing, so...

Here it's more a matter that they're desperate for the democrats to win so that they'll answer the phone when the Spanish president calls. ;) In their eyes, Hillary Clinton would have worked as well.

The news reports are overusing the comparisons with Kennedy and "the allure" and words like that.
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On June 6th, 2008 10:54 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Maybe YOU can explain our elections system. M is fascinated too but for him it's probably the novelty more than anything else!
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On June 6th, 2008 12:42 pm (UTC), nausica2 replied:
LOL I admit it still confuses me. This is why I'm so slow with The west wing, every episode makes me check lots of political stuff.

But if I tried to, then people would call me "pro-yankee", as they usually do. ;)

Really, the relationship here with the US is worth a book.
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On June 6th, 2008 01:02 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I think every country has a dysfunctional relationship with the US. The funny thing is that the Phil was a Spanish colony for four centuries yet the American influence is much more pervasive. "400 years in a convent followed by 50 years in Hollywood."
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On June 6th, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC), mizdarkgirl commented:
Offtopic...
I saw your post in BeatifulCurves...

Have you tried J Jill? They are owned by Talbots but a bit hipper.
They carry thru 18P.

http://www.jjill.com/jjillonline/prodnav/petites_default.aspx?BID=S200815810442301E0FD5C8E48428C8AAD95&h=P&=sk=P
You may have to go to Bethesda or Arlington to find a store that carries Pettites.
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On June 6th, 2008 03:29 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Re: Offtopic...
Thanks! I have looked at JJill both online and in the store but I'm looking for clothes that are more structured and formal, plus I don't think pastels look good on me. Something similar to Ann Taylor.
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