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Name: modgurl
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New mom. New woman. Born in Singapore. Raised in the World Wide Web.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008 @ 10:05 pm

Dear Blogger,

I foresee exciting times ahead. Not just for the Americans. For the world too! Barack Obama has created American history by becoming the 44th and the first African American president in U.S. history.

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I had followed the election progress since 7 a.m. on Channel NewsAsia. Not just because that the U.S Presidential Election has always been interesting to watch, but also because I find it interesting to watch the reactions of the American people in general about the election.

One has to admire the Americans for their active involvement in their local politics. Even if they're not volunteers in the party campaigns, they know their stuff! In fact, I was quite awestruck by the level knowledge and confidence from the students of the Singapore American School about the politics back home!

It was just amazing to hear them talk! Most youths in Singapore are like empty barrels. They think they know what's going on around them, but they don't really know. These American kids, or at least the ones who were interviewed, are like a breath of fresh air.

So with Obama's win, will it be sunny days ahead for everyone? I think it's premature to predict anything. He said he's all about change and that he's different. That was why I was leaning a little towards him. Maybe it was an SMU thing (the school has built quite a reputation for being different). But should we be different for the sake of being different?

It would be interesting though to see what his administration can do and achieve. This is of course, on top of clearing George W Bush's mess. Hopefully, Obama finishes the two wars he had inherited from Bush and won't start a new war.

How would the new U.S. president affect me on a personal level? Firstly, I would like to go to the States without being mistaken for a potential terrorist just because I have a Muslim name.

Secondly, I really don't want to live in an extended recession. This won't be a good time for Ipy and I to experience prolonged recession because we are just starting out as a new family unit.

Thirdly, if the U.S dollar is strong, Ipy will be well-paid. That will then have a trickle down effect on me.

Whatever Obama does in his 4-year term, at the end of it all, one thing that will definitely be his legacy would be that, he has proven that anybody can become the president of the United States. Who knows? Arnold Schwarzenegger might be the president next!


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