My thoughts on the Obama win

I had planned to blog about the Obama victory as soon as the result came through but I fell asleep. I had then planned to write about it yesterday but the day got rather busy. Now the world and their dog have analysed the results and there is little more for me to say, but here goes.

I’m very excited about the Obama win. While there are elements of policy that I do not share with him I feel that he will have a very positive effect on America and her standing in the world.

As someone who has a young, dynamic, eloquent party leader it is great to see that voters are not just willing but eager to embrace the opportunity for change even at a time of uncertainty.

Obama now has a couple of months to tune into government and assemble his team, he is getting the President’s daily CIA briefings and other decision support information. At the point he takes over he will be able to hit the ground running.

Compare that with the situation we found ourselves in at City Hall in May. The election result was announced on the Friday, Livingstone’s team moved out over the weekend and we started work on Monday, or Sunday afternoon in Boris’ case. Boris had to start running London and build his top team at the same time. Not easy and a few mistakes were made.

These are exciting times ahead for America and by extension for us, I’m glad I’m living through it.

8 responses to “My thoughts on the Obama win

  1. James said:<>Boris had to start running London and build his top team at the same time. Not easy and a few mistakes were made.<>The difference in Britain is that we have a non-politican civil service (or we are meant to). Obama does not only have to appoint a cabinet but an entire government.But even with the fairly small number of appointments Boris had to make, he did not pick a very good bunch and had to sack half of them in the first six months.

  2. James said:<>Boris had to start running London and build his top team at the same time. Not easy and a few mistakes were made.<>The difference in Britain is that we have a non-politican civil service (or we are meant to). Obama does not only have to appoint a cabinet but an entire government.But even with the fairly small number of appointments Boris had to make, he did not pick a very good bunch and had to sack half of them in the first six months.

  3. <>…and had to sack half of them in the first six months<>Hmm, spectacularly untrue, but the real world never has been your strong point, has it Jimmy?Keep taking the pills.

  4. <>…and had to sack half of them in the first six months<>Hmm, spectacularly untrue, but the real world never has been your strong point, has it Jimmy?Keep taking the pills.

  5. Out of all his appointments, Jimmy? (you should re-read your original post) Not anywhere approaching a percentage of that. Haggle if you wish as to whether certain people were jumped or pushed but any rational person would say that you’re spinning untruths because you can’t bring yourself to accept that Boris is actually on top of his game.Rumours are going around that our blog host ain’t putting in such a bad performance himself too.Drop it Jimmy. You lost. Boris hit a home run and James is proving himself as an excellent Deputy. Admit that the newt lover and that weird policeman are history.

  6. Out of all his appointments, Jimmy? (you should re-read your original post) Not anywhere approaching a percentage of that. Haggle if you wish as to whether certain people were jumped or pushed but any rational person would say that you’re spinning untruths because you can’t bring yourself to accept that Boris is actually on top of his game.Rumours are going around that our blog host ain’t putting in such a bad performance himself too.Drop it Jimmy. You lost. Boris hit a home run and James is proving himself as an excellent Deputy. Admit that the newt lover and that weird policeman are history.

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