It’s not even my country and I’m riveted

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I think I had something in mind to write about today but whatever it was, I don’t remember and I can’t anyway. That’s because despite the fact that I’m Canadian, I am completely glued to election coverage. I can’t get enough of it. George is watching NCIS but he flips over to CNN on the commercials. Since that’s not enough for me, I’m also keeping a close eye on because their front page has the map showing projections (currently Obama has 207 vs. McCain’s 135 and Obama’s leading in what were typically Republican states, time for change indeed).

Of course, I’m also refreshing over on Twitter on a near-obsessive basis to see what people are talking about (I’m sherina over on Twitter if you feel like following me).

I need to go to sleep at a decent time because I’m so tired but I don’t know if I can because I need to keep watching to make sure McCain wins.

HA! Just kidding, I just wanted to make sure you were paying attention. I’m way too left-wing die-hard Liberal up here to ever vote Republican even if I could vote below the border.

I felt like Obama was going to win but I was so nervous. And it’s not over yet but even the McCain camp is starting to say that it’s pretty much a mathematical impossibility at this point for him to win. Obama is *this close* to stepping up as the new leader of my neighbor and I’m ecstatic.

Yes, Canadians care about your American politics. To be honest I am more hyped up about this election than my own rather lackluster election up here last month.

Go Obama, go!

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4 thoughts on “It’s not even my country and I’m riveted

  1. Michelle

    I know how naive this sounds but it blows me away that other countries were following our election so closely and that they felt the pride of Obama’s win as deeply as we did/do. Without sounding like too much of an idiot, I’d love to ask why. Was it because of the deep hatred the entire world felt for George Bush? Even if I never understand why the world watched, I certainly hope we repaired some of our relationships that were crushed over the past 8 years.

  2. Hannah

    Here’s the thing, Michelle – the US has an enormous impact on the world stage, and unfortunately under GWB that impact has been largely negative. As a Canadian, it’s been sad and frightening to watch our closest neighbour spiral out of control economically, politically, environmentally, and socially. The grand experiment of the USA was looking pretty tarnished of late… I think everyone wanted to see what the electorate would do.

    Also, the racial history of the US is common knowledge. Everyone I’ve talked to feels so positive in the face of this major step forward for not only your country, but all of us.

    The bottom line I think is that the world knew you all had a chance here to make a strong statement, to vote for change, to take back your country and help it find it’s way again. It’s inspiring. I’m sure other people would have other responses, but I know that’s why I’ve been following it so closely, and why I wept watching Mr. Obama’s acceptance speech.

  3. Sherry

    Michelle – Hannah covered a lot of it for me already.

    Personally, although I am proud of being Canadian, I was raised in a very Americanized culture. We all watched American shows, listened to American music, read the American pop culture magazines. Despite our obvious differences, health care in particular, we’re really not that different. Seeing the U.S. under Bush for the past four years saddened me.

    When one of us is sick, we don’t have to consider whether we have enough money to go see the doctor. George had to go last week because he had been so sick and it was free. The medication wasn’t, but he didn’t have to pay just to be seen. When I gave birth, I was in the hospital for a total of three days each time – the day I was having my babies and the two following days. Each time my hospital bill was – no joke – SIX DOLLARS. When I hear about people having to pay thousands of dollars for giving birth, it makes me shudder.

    The historical factor is also huge to me. Seeing a black man take the leadership of the United States is something I am so grateful to have seen. With my kids being part black themselves, it’s important to me that I can now say, in the future when they learn about slavery and segregation, “look at the step taken here”. It’s a living sign of hope.

    I’ve followed this election process throughout everything, and being able to sit – with my wad of tissues in my hand to wipe away tears – and hear Obama’s speech was an incredible moment.

  4. Michelle

    Ladies, thanks so much for your words. I know that American’s give off the impression (rightly so to some degree) that we think we’re the only country on the planet. Sometimes it’s hard to see beyond ourselves when we’re stuck so deeply in the mud. I work literally across the street from the White House and, for once, it feels like a magical time. I have hope that we’ll find our way out of the mess we’ve created. And honestly, knowing that others (however many that may be) are rooting for us makes me think we might make it … eventually.

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