Working for "Europe" you can imagine the questions I get : where did you learn English? Where are you from in the US? Why are you in Lille and not Paris? How does an American work for Europe? Who's going to win the elections?
You wouldn't believe the number of European consultants and researchers who've lived in such godforsaken places as Ohio, Indiana or Michigan! (that was sarcasticby the way). It's funny how the whole world is affected (consumed?) by the US primaries, probably moreso than most Americans. And it's funny - not funny haha - how the entire world has a vested interest in our next president.
So as I discussed US politics with 3 Dutch, 1 German and 1 Italian after yesterday's meeting, I made a bet with a nice Dutchman - he wagered a beer that Obama would win. I'm not surprising anyone who's reading this when I say I'll vote Democrat. But who? I'm just not sure if all those people (I'll hold my tongue) who voted for W (twice!) will actually vote for someone other than a white male. Is the country ready for a woman or an African-American? Granted, there is the power of David Palmer that I'm convinced will influence a fair number of voters. But still...
The bottom line though is that ANYTHING is better than W. And more power to the person who follows him because they've got a lot of cleaning to do, starting with apologizing to most of the world.
For any Americans interested, Democrats Abroad can give you lots of information on voting abroad. There is a global primary from 5-12 February. If you want to vote in the primaries, you can contact them to get your ballot, but you need to be registered to vote first! And if there are any Americans in Lille who have CNN and want to spend all night watching Super Tuesday, I'm in as long as you are anti-W.
Edited: Wow, my spelling is awful! Why won't my spell check work?
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