and the pendulum swings…

after emailing my vote in yesterday morning (irish time) and staying up ’til 1:30 am over a glass of wine to watch the states turn colours on with bill, i woke this morning happy to see that we have a new president-elect, and it’s not john mccain.

herein lies the end of my political dialogue. i have thought a lot about this today and decided that, although i have oft been loathful of my americanness in the past, there is no reason why today should be any different from any other day. the fact is that the united states is a divided country, and i stand one one side of the divide. this year, and for the succeeding 4, we will have a president and a state who lead the way i want them to lead (more or less). but there is no less history in any election before this one, as the pendulum swings left, so shall it again swing right sometime down the road. from kennedy to nixon and ford to reagan to bush, to clinton to bush to obama. every four or eight years, the same pattern has repeated itself since april 30, 1789, when george washington took office as the first president of the united states of america.

phew. it feels good to know we’re not really making history, doesn’t it? anyway, i think obama’s cool and his name is fun to say and he doesn’t have a personal collection of oil companies and bombs. plus!

in other news, bill and i recently embarked on a new life together as roommates in a very small basement apartment in rathmines. it’s going very well. we also went to brussels (and bruges), despite the fact that we are actually poor.

for more news on my career as a groovy travel writer and high powered intercultural trainer, check out my real website… (the “lowdown” tab gets you news)

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