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  • I'm living outside the US, and I feel similarly. Although a lot of the reaction seems like hype... it does suddenly seem less embarrassing to be American. The goodwill most of the world had for the US after the September 11th attacks was completely pissed away, but it seems to be back a bit.

    Many non-Americans here stayed up till 2am watching the election stuff or going to election-night parties and are thrilled that Obama won. I'll admit that I don't completely understand how they can get so excited about another country's presidential elections, though. I wonder, actually, if I were alive during the 60s, say, would I have noticed how great a time it seems to've retrospectively been; is this a time like that? I don't know if Obama will keep his campaign promises, but I'm not sure if that's as important as the feeling of hope that many people have now, if it motivates them to make things better. Or something.