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It’s been a very interesting and learning experience watching the Presidential election from a foreign country. I’ve been continually amazed by how knowledgable the British are when it comes to US politics. At work we discussed how this was a history making election on so many levels and the conversation turned to how in the US a Jr. Senator can become president while here in the UK it takes years and years of plodding through the levels of Government.  Then my co worker started going through the last 30 years of presidents counting how many were Governers, how many were from the Senate, etc. Heck, I’m FROM America and I didn’t know a third about our presidents that he did. I was stunned by his knowledge of my countries power structure.

From my limited observations the British are quite happy with the outcome of Obama winning the presidency. A chance to clean up the image of America in foreign eyes. It wasn’t anything against McCain, it was just that he was, and would always be, stuck with the specter of President Bush, who has a very bad image here.

I’m glad Obama won, it’s going to help our image overseas. This was a toss up election for me. I wouldn’t have been saddened to see McCain win, I think he might have been better for our troops. Only the next 4 years will tell how this turns out.

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