November 05, 2008

God Bless America

Barack Obama and family

I went to bed at about 2.15am last night (9.15pm ET), confident that John McCain was out of it.

He was.

Pennsylvania, Florida and Ohio were all being pushed towards Obama wins. Just one of them was probably enough.

The Obama that spoke in Chicago a few hours ago was an older, wiser and certainly more tired one than was thrust onto the political stage back in 2004. That date – and its closeness to the present day – is just one of the amazing things about this election.

In few races could a junior senator from a Northern state with relatively left-wing values beat an experienced war hero like John McCain.

Throw in his race – but more importantly his full name, Barack Hussein Obama – and the result of the 2008 election could have been written by Hollywood.

  • Dizzy makes a good point that this wasn’t the landslide that the electoral college would suggest. As I write, McCain received 47% of the popular vote. If this wasn’t an election, that’d be rounded up to ‘half’. The United States is still a divided country, even if state boundaries have conspired to suggest otherwise.
  • I stumbled across this website yesterday which is very cute. It’s the online equivalent of “are we nearly there yet”. Until a few hours ago, it said “almost”.
  • The TV coverage on both sides of the Atlantic was interesting. David Dimbleby on the BBC was useless, and must surely be approaching retirement. He had to ask his studio guests to help him identify Joe Lieberman, kept barking at the control room while still on-screen, and didn’t give the impression he knew much about U.S. politics.
  • Sky did better, but the constant ad-breaks made me give up. It’s a bit like watching Formula 1 on ITV – you know something’s going to happen while you’re learning about washing powder.
  • Stateside, MSNBC was a bit dry, Fox News was a bit depressed and CNN brought Star Wars to the Presidential Election – their correspondents appeared in the studio by hologram. I loved it.

Later I’ll probably write something about what all of this means for the UK.


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  1. Why is “isobamapresident” counting down…? 75hours…

    05 Nov 2008, 11:23

  2. It says 75 days – (until he kicks that Texan buffoon out of the Oval)

    05 Nov 2008, 11:39

  3. Bernie60

    Dimbleby was indeed appalling. Arrogant (and factually wrong), appeared to be bullying the production team during the breaks (saw Jeremy Vine had to pop his earpiece out so he could work whilst DD threw some kind of hissy fit on the monitor). Dimbleby also repeatedly interrupted guests, especially if they were female. At one point he rudely interrupted the female reporter based in Phoenix and pompously and urgently cut to John Simpson – clearly only BECAUSE it was John Simpson – and only for JS to fumble and bumble and make one wonder whether he’d prepared ANYTHING at all. DD also behaved quite disgracefully as ‘chair’ when he permitted John Bolton to just be downright rude to the same reporter (who was in the midst of what looked like a country and western concert and struggling bravely to hold her own against the remarks/insults thrown) DD talked over everyone who he didn’t care for and was misogynistic, patronising, pompous and generally behaved like the anachronistic arse that he’s become.

    Interestingly given the hullabuloo over complaints to the BBC recently there doesn’t appear to be any clear way to register any viewer dismay, mild or strong, over this. Perhaps it’s because the news outwieghs everything – which to be honest is fair enough ;) – but at a time where we the viewers are encouraged to participate it’s unsatisfactory not to have some clear route to those who produced the programme.

    The point at which he showed himself to be a dinosaur was whne he described the crowds showing up at Grant Park as looking like ‘they’re attending one of those ‘pop shows’’. Jesus wept.

    05 Nov 2008, 13:02

  4. Mathew Mannion

    He had to ask his studio guests to help him identify Joe Lieberman

    I think he was pointing out the cardboard cutout of McCain over his other shoulder, but everyone there was far too serious :) I was flipping between Fox, CNBC and Sky News as well and all of them were shite, felt a lot better over on the BBC.

    05 Nov 2008, 13:32

  5. Oh right, my bad 76days. Blimeh, that’s a long time to wait.

    05 Nov 2008, 16:36


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