I told my friends that if Obama didn't win, I would have to marry an Argentine. A fate almost worst than death. (just kidding...sort of..) Marriage or having children is the only way to obtain Argentine citizenship. My friend Yanqui Mike the organizer of the local Democrats Abroad here in BA said I would probably marry one anyway. Nooooooo....... but this is another topic completely.
Today is history. Not just for the United States, but for the world. The United States did an astounding thing by electing the first African American president, they chose to elect a man who hopefully will bring change not only to the United States, but to the world.
The United States is a world leader. Other countries look to us. Our position in the world affects not only the United States, it affects everyone. A world leader should set an example. Our example was embarrassing. It was amazing to me in the first place that Bush got elected. (You have to remember I used to live in Oakland California - next to Berkeley) But he did. In 8 years he ruined my country.
He caused the United States of American to become a world embarrassment. The world hated us.
I am proud that my country saw past the color of this man's skin to elect him. I remember when my friend Susan from Minneapolis became an early backer of Obama I thought she was crazy. Like most women of my generation I backed Hilary. I thought Obama had no chance to win. Besides admiring and believing in Hilary, I wanted a Democrat to win. I didn't think the country could suffer through another 4 years of Republican leadership.
I wasn't happy that Hilary wasn't the winner. She was my candidate. I would back the Democratic candidate regardless. There was no way I was going to back the Republicans. Understand that if they had a suitable candidate it would be one thing, but they did not and as time went on they proved their candidate had no ability to make decisions; begining with his heinous choice of a vice president running mate.
I was worried that Obama had no chance of winning. I know my country. Or maybe I thought I knew my country. I never thought a black man (sorry I live here) had a chance to win. While the Republicans slung mud, tried to dig up dirt, Obama chugged along. He brought his message to the people. He told them he knew the country was a mess. He told them he knew that their country was not taking care of them. People listened.
Obama has a tough road. He has a nightmare of an economy to deal with. A country full of social ills. A country full of corruption, scandals. He needs to mend our relationship with other countries. He has to deal with the wars started in Iraq and Afganistan. Wars bleeding not only in those countries but in the US as well.
I didn't leave the U.S. for Argentina because of the political climate. I left because I love the lifestyle and culture in Argentina. It is more suited to me, in spite of my grumblings about the men. I love Argentina and here is my home. I probably will live here the rest of my life. Argentina is my adopted country. I will always be an American. That is something that will never change. Last night, my native country made me proud to be an American.