Saturday, November 08, 2008

The Obama Effect (on a very micro level)

Yesterday I went to a meeting with an Italian colleague. We have a running dialogue about our respective home countries and their leaders. In the spirit of that dialogue, I accosted him with the news of Berlusconi's latest yesterday as we shook hands.

"Well," he said, "you guys had Bush."

Yes we did, I thought. But the key word there is 'had'. After 8 long years, Bush is in the past, or will be soon. Obama's election, whatever kind of President he turns out to be, has relieved all of us who live overseas from the burden of having to live down the idiot we somehow put in office (I say that because at least once the voting for this guys was a bit murky).

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