The US elections: what I have learnt

I learnt that I was wrong. Watching the US media in the past few months gave me the impression that the fear of a black man running the country was so great that it’d mean Obama would loose. It wouldn’t be because of his policies or his character, but the idea that there was just something not quite right about him. I was shown to be wrong, and it’s restored a lot of my faith in not just the US, but mankind!

I also learnt that although many people are prepared to be a bit more liberal in some respects. People have woken up and realised that the imminent threat of their local Walmart being blown up isn’t quite the reality that many seemed to think it was back in 2004. However; now the Prop8 result may show that some people are even more scared of gays than any AK-wielding terrorist.

The power of social media, the web and associated technologies surpassed what even I, a web professional, expected. I wish that some of the more liberal groups in British politics would realise this too.

Finally, I learnt that sometimes no matter how crazy you sound, no matter how much you screw up and no matter how plain nasty you are, you’ll can still pull in votes. Here’s to you, Ted and your series of tubes.

Twitter was one of many tools that the Obama campaign used to get people involved

Twitter was one of many tools that the Obama campaign used to get people involved

Now we have to look forward to the inevitable disappointment as Obama announces that the Iraq pull-out date is going to be 2023 and Joe Bidden inserts himself firmly in the buttocks of the music companies (and starts going after internet users). At least we got to see Palin cry. I’m looking forward to Schwarzenegger – Palin 2012. Hey; it could happen.


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