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Americans expats suddenly esteemed again

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Americans abroad are being showered with kindness and goodwill after the election of Barack Obama.
A friend of mine says this brought tears to his eyes.
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She was a stranger, and she kissed me. Just for being an American.
It happened on the bus on my way to work Wednesday morning, a few hours after compatriots clamoring for change swept Barack Obama to his historic victory. I was on the phone, and the 20-something Austrian woman seated in front of me overheard me speaking English.
Without a word, she turned, pecked me on the cheek and stepped off at the next stop.
Nothing was said, but the message was clear: Today, we are all Americans.
An American colleague in Egypt says several people came up to her on the streets of Cairo and said: “America, hooray!” Others, including strangers, expressed congratulations with a smile and a hand over their hearts.
Another colleague, in Amman, says Jordanians stopped her on the street and that several women described how they wept with joy.
Obama captured it … this sense that despite holding America’s feet to the fire, the rest of the world is rooting for it and wants it to … succeed.
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Written by Monte

November 8, 2008 at 10:26 pm

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  1. Ah, Margaret – thank you so very much for that on-site report. It gives me goosebumps! How wonderful to hear from you! Our best to you and John!

    And by the way, I was a first-time election worker during this election. My task was, with four others, verifying and tabulating 3,800 absentee ballots. I was truly astonished at how detailed the verification process was. We worked for a whole day on signatures and seals and voter registration verification before we even unsealed the ballots themselves. We had to have Democrats and Republicans present at all times. Ballots carried from one room to another were not carried by only one person. Every shred of paper was saved. Finally the ballots were put through an electronic scanner, after being separated from the name and address of the voter. In almost no case did we even look at the ballots themselves, except to push them into the machine in random order or to read write-in votes. It took us about 20 hours, and we go back for a bit in the morning to finish any that were postmarked on time but have come in since.

    It was rewarding to see how very meticulous the process was – how it all came to a halt if we have a number of ballots that didn’t agree with a previous number. But I can scarcely imagine the work that is done all over the nation to bring these results to light. Whew!


    November 9, 2008 at 4:48 pm

  2. We are Americans living in Africa. We are usually a very tiny minority of any group we are with. It has been fascinating to experience Obama’s election over here.
    • Malawians seem milder, more accepting of us.
    • The newspapers in the capital city, Lilongwe, was sold out before noon. It carried a large picture of the Obama family on the front page, several long articles and the full concessionary speech of John McCain.
    • Our recently accessible news sources (since we returned from the States) are BBC radio and Aljazirea TV. Both of these have interviewed leaders from all over the world about the impact of the election, about the hope for change that it gives them.
    • The African leaders speak, no, marvel at the rapidity and security of the election process itself, the exemplary spirit and action of John McCain.
    • There is no doubt in their minds that the elected is an African son. Kenya declared a national holiday to celebrate. The village of Obama’s ancestors, in the traditional way of the tribes killed a beef for the hours of partying in celebration.

    Margaret Scott

    November 9, 2008 at 2:34 pm

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