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Monday 5th November

Tomorrow America will choose its President.  Who will be, arguably, the most powerful man in the world for the next four years.  And, as usual, I've found myself mesmerised by the sheer circus that surrounds a Presidential Election.

 

It's all so very different from the way we do things Over Here - even though we are starting along the track of the celebrity-style debates, the Gatherings of the Faithful, the hype and the hyperbole.  But where our elections take place over a matter of weeks, in the good old US of A it's like a quarter of a President's term of office is taken up with campaigning.

 

I first became interested in the Presidential Elections back in 2000, following a Business Exchange I made to the town of Novato in California.  2000 was, of course, also an Election Year so in a small way I felt more involved than previously.  Or perhaps it was just watching The West Wing...

 

Election watchers are considering whether the terrible impact of Hurricane Sandy will benefit President Obama, enabling him to demonstrate his ability to lead in times of crisis.  We'll probably never know.  And unless you actually live in a country, how can you evaluate the election promises, the record of the incumbent, the effects of austerity, the impact of unemployment, the longer term value of "Obamacare" as the President's health reforms are known.

 

Yet tomorrow it will be either Obama or Romney.  And, far away though we are - it's an important result for us too. 

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26.10 | 14:21

Mmm, was it because there were '24 men kicking a ball' that it didn't end entirely satisfactorily???

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15.10 | 11:13

I don't remember seeing this first time round.... but thank you for sharing with me. You write beautifully, and brought a tear to my eyes. Lots of love xx

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10.10 | 21:37

Jaqui I think your grandchildren are very lucky. You have spurred me on to write a letter to Amelia who like Hazel is away from home for the first time. 💕

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03.07 | 22:43

Wouldn't have missed it for the world. xx

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