Wow — what a night.

I’m not the only one who ran around muttering “pinch me” all day long. Something so profound and significant happened with Barack Obama’s election as 44th President of the United States that it’ll be a while before it won’t bring tears to my eyes whenever I think about it. Something that never, ever, in all my life seemed possible — to have a political leader with sincerity and honesty, who can be trusted, who is intelligent and caring — all of sudden is within reach. And the fact that somebody like Obama appeals to over 50% of Americans causes a great sigh of relief — I don’t have to move back to Germany after all… By the same token, I’m sure many people here will be glad that they don’t have to pretend to be Canadians on their next trip to Europe.

It also means that the majority of the people like the idea of spreading the wealth around, as they certainly should. They didn’t fall for scare tactics that tried to paint Barack as a commie, an ultra-liberal extremist. The saga of Joe (not his real name) the Plummer (not his real job) backfired; instead of generating sympathy and thus votes for the GOP, it turned people off. Even Sarah Palin’s initial cheerleader appeal lasted only for the lowest low-life “dudes”. There IS hope…

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All over the world people are celebrating Barack’s victory. I hope his beautifully crafted acceptance speech has been translated into many languages… For a detailed account of his biography, go to The Guardian.

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