Originally Posted by Momofmany
The historical significance, IMO is more around handing off the torch from the stodgy old European descendents to a younger person who represents a generation of voters that didn't live thru the women's and racial movements of the 60's and 70's. It's a watershed moment, where anyone growing up in this country can aspire to be something greater than what they were born into, regardless of their sex or race.
And personally? It's the first elected president who is actually younger than I am!
, on both counts! One comment that has been made abroad is that Obama is a first-generation American on his father's side, which gives a lot of credence to the "American Dream"/"rags to riches" philosophy.
I've been living overseas for an awfully long time, and I never experienced the amount of attention this race has gotten abroad before, particularly among young people. Some of the reasons are ones most Americans wouldn't even think of. Two of my students, one half Serb/half Croat, the other Croat, were absolutely thrilled yesterday that Joe Biden had become Vice President, because to them he's a hero for pushing Clinton to get the U.S./NATO involved in the civil war in ex-Yugoslavia.
Some Americans might think that U.S. elections are simply "American business", but that's not the case, because their outcome affects people the world over.
I'm an occasional participant in a U.S. ex-pat forum, and although the discussions often reveal a partisan divide, most members agree that we're more affected by U.S. foreign policy than your average state-side resident, and that the Bush administration's policies have given us "pariah status", so Obama's election will hopefully have a positive impact on our personal and professional lives.