Just when we were all feeling like the Bronco Bama girl, the elections ended just like that. President Obama was re-elected with a wide margin in the electoral college contrary to what the pundits were predicting and in line with the smart numbers guys who knew their numbers here, here and here. He was re-elected with a 7.9% unemployment rate, the highest of any president returned to office since Franklin Roosevelt in 1936. Next to Bill Clinton, he became only the second Democrat since Roosevelt to win another term.
An interesting global poll conducted by GlobeScan/PIPA between July 3 and September 3, 2012, indicates that Obama is preferred to Romney in 20 of the 21 countries polled:
“Of all the countries polled, France is currently the most strongly pro-Obama, with 72 per cent wanting him to be re-elected and just 2 per cent preferring Romney. Australia (67%), Canada (66%), Nigeria (66%), and the UK (65%) are among the other countries with large majorities favouring Obama.
Pakistan, where 14 per cent want to see Romney elected compared to 11 per cent who prefer Obama, is the only country where the current President is not the favoured candidate—but here, three-quarters (75%) express no opinion. The countries with the largest proportions favouring Mitt Romney are Kenya (18%) and Poland (16%).
Around the world, there were election viewing events and parties at our embassies and consulates on November 6. Here are some of them:
US Embassy Wellington, New Zealand
US Embassy Santiago, Chile
US Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan
An the election watching party with Lady Liberty and Uncle Sam.
US Consulate General Karachi, Pakistan
Before the elections, Consul General Michael Dodman also hosted a “Rock the Vote” event “for a fun, interactive discussion of democracy and the U.S. voting system.”
US Embassy Baghdad, Iraq
US Embassy Canberra, Australia
The US Embassy in Canberra even had mock balloting. “The room has voted overwhelmingly in favour of Obama/Biden with 85 votes, versus Romney/Ryan with 19. Amusingly, Ambassador Bleich also managed to pick up 14 votes!”
US Embassy New Delhi, India
US Embassy Moscow, Russia
US Embassy London
At the Election Night 2012 party at the U.S. Embassy London, not only was Elvis in the building, he was at the door!
And that last one with Elvis is probably my favorite; now gotta get some more sleep.