Although the 'race factor' is significant, I don't believe its nearly as important as is often made out. A large percentage of the worlds population, let alone the American electorate (to their great credit), viewed the American presidential elections as a 'post-racialist' phenomenon.So yeah. We have our first black President. And that is wonderful.
Obama was primarily judged on his eloquence and polemic, his physiogomy, his 'language', his age, his 'concepts' (for it is true, there were few 'ideas' or 'practicalities' discussed), the matter of 'identification', his 'image' - il faut mieux.
McCain, although a very decent individual, was in my opinion becomming too old (read infirm) and 'pushed about' by the rest of the republican party/mind-set - whatever you call that. if he'd run for the democrats, he might have won. The selection of Palin was just seen as a joke by all thinking people the world over, I'm afraid - no offense.
We all hope, we all have a 'better life', for all our sakes - and that is entirely within our self interest, mutual and several.And yes for the sake of the world I hope the American economy gets back on track. Because we are the engine of world prosperity.
however, the American economy is but one of the many engines that make the world go around; capital has no ultimate flag of sovereignty.
[/quote]Which reminds me. I forgot to mention Chinese instability due to American economic trouble.
... case in point. not to mention the world instability due to Chinese economic trouble: They just want cheap washing machines and good food like all the rest of us. And by god, hard work and the will of the people's party they are going to get them.
America needs to be worried more about what happens at home.
big flux the world over - and you thought plasma physics was difficult