I’m sure that in years to come I will kick myself for not being up and watching when he won the election. We’ll just have to see how well he does over the four years from when he takes over in January.

I’m happy he won the popular vote as well as the electoral college vote, because it means he has a wider mandate and that he has transcended racial boundaries to a good extent. His policies and attitudes toward the likes of Pakistan and Afghanistan could be a problem, but only time will tell. It will also be interesting to see if there is some return to the civil freedoms that existed before the Bush administration.

If he can roll back some of the restrictions that the Patriot Act introduced then he will have made some serious progress — and he has the parliamentary support to do it. I just hope he doesn’t preside over an equally reactionary and oppressive regime. He has a great many minds to change and hearts to soften all over the world. Fingers crossed he can do it.

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