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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
I saw your post in BeatifulCurves...
Have you tried J Jill? They are owned by Talbots but a bit hipper.
They carry thru 18P.
You may have to go to Bethesda or Arlington to find a store that carries Pettites.