Wednesday, November 05, 2008

US Presidential Elections 2008

After months of campaigning and drama, it finally ended on the auspicious day of November 4th, 2008. Months of political analysis, financial planning, and public relations activities, America has finally decided to CHANGE and accept a black man to lead the country.

He is not just any black man; he’s Barack Obama, the FIRST African American and also the PRESIDENT of United States. I’m sure Martin Luther King would turn in his grave for happiness! He made the most memorable speech by, “I have a dream, … sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood ... I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character”

I was rooting for Clinton but decided to switch to McCain not because I’m Conservative. In fact, I’m Liberal. Those who think they know me; I didn’t do it because I was being racist. I did it after studying each and every policy of McCain and Obama. I didn’t do it for fun but then I guess, since I’ve chosen policies as my major and aspire to work as a policy advisor or policy analyst for UNDP, I might as well start by studying the policies.

Both policies are admirable in terms of promoting development to America and especially the opposed view on Iraq. The strength of Obama’s policy comes with the distribution of wealth, middle class tax cuts and the most important would be the withdrawal of American troops in Iraq which has cost America a total of $ 10,562,786,467,087.35 USD ( http://www.brillig.com/debt_clock/ )

Obama portrays the quintessential American guy; a loving and supportive wife, Michelle, daughters Sasha and Malia. His story is the typical work hard and perseverance story that we are all familiar with. He was brought up by a single mother, put himself through college, worked hard, excelled and earned his law degree from an Ivy League school; Harvard in 1991.

Hailing from a diverse and cultural background helped a lot too. People feel that they can relate to him since he’s an offspring of a Kenyan and an American and subsequently the stepson of an Indonesian contributed to the success of his campaign.

McCain on the other hand pushed for a more closer to heart policies especially regarding the family, adoption, environment and also the subsequent distribution of more American troops in Iraq. McCain is the typical war veteran that is very experienced in terms of life and his mere presence demands respect.

It is very commendable especially his policy regarding the environment and family. Those two issues were his strongest appeal but he’s colorful past outshined his policies. His policy on the Lexington plan and Climate Change has got to be engaging and appealing to most environmentalists but he lost because the Americans prioritized financial assistance over the environment.

America is more concerned on the state of economy which McCain failed to demonstrate some sort of priority which Obama placed absolute importance on. McCain is also a very cultural person as he’s been a prisoner of war in Vietnam and this should show that he is serious about serving his country, and its people but rather it portrayed him as an angry person.

Besides that, their adopted daughter Bridget McCain is from Bangladesh and was brought to America to correct a severe cleft pallet and she ended up being adopted by McCain. Another “human interest” story would be the pro life choice of Sarah Palin and her pregnant 17 years old daughter, Bristol Palin which appealed to many.

At the end of the day, it depends entirely on America and their ideologies. Those who are open to changes, idealistic and are against the war in Iraq could vote for Obama while those who are Conservative, realistic and supports the war in Iraq are free to vote for McCain. This is the true meaning of democracy.

It has been an interesting fight and I’m kind of glad that it’s all over. In fact, I think it’s a new beginning. Time to see if Obama is going to fulfill all his promises. You can bet that I’m going to be there reporting every move. Till then, celebrate the victory!

~you know you love to hate me~
Michelle May
xoxo

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