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.