Congratulations to the American people. My most dire prejudices have been put to shame. :-) The best choice has been made for a bad situation, and an inspired man will lead his people. It'll be a sight to see. :-) And the world will be watching.
I didn't watch all night, I caved in at around 3:15. Then I got my duvet from the bedroom and went to sleep on the couch with the TV on. :-D Nothing was decided by then, far from it. Then I woke up at around 5:20 and looked at the TV and there was a banner across the bottom of the screen that said Barack Obama new US president. Yay. Then I went to sleep for another couple of hours and got up and went to work. Things have been hectic here today so I haven't read too much news coverage online. Mainly in Dagbladet, which of course have had lots of profound insights. :-D My favorite quote of the day* is this one from some Republican woman who's just crushed that McCain lost: Obama is evil and cruel. He’ll turn this into a socialist country. [We fear him] because of all his radical acquaintances, because he will tax us to death and because he’s so Palestine-friendly (my translation).
Ahahahahaha!!!! :-D What a stupid stupid idiot!! :-D Guess she'll be in for the shock of her life when, guess what, pretty much nothing changes. ;-) 'Tax us to death'!! LOL!! When the voting public demands that its public servants be fiscally responsible, yet don't understand the difference between taxing and spending on the one hand, and borrowing and spending on the other ... well, let's just say that the new president's got his work cut out for him. :-D
Nothing much will change, like I said, except perhaps the entire mood of the country. :-) I hope for the best for the American people and for their new leader. (I'm already looking forward to the inauguration ceremony.) As for Norway, we'll probably only notice one difference, which will be negative - the new administration will hassle us more about soldiers for Afghanistan. Us and every other NATO member. But for the great gift of not having to see John McCain's ancient mug in every newspaper for the next four years, it's probably a small price to pay.
Congratulations to the new president! He's already a historical figure. All the best of luck to him and to his family and supporters.