I stayed up late to watch the American Elections on Tuesday night, I wasn’t exactly sure if I’d regret it or not but in the end really enjoyed it. Dimbleby was hilarious… well Gore Vidal was hilarious and Dimbleby was a pompous ass. Americans in turns were amusing and annoying. Then Obama got elected, made a speech and I and the Jellicle went to bed.
It was good to watch,much better than I expected – I half thought that I’d be bored, not sure I’m political enough to get into throwing election night partys – I know DS Luke et al had one and the Ex-Gardnerian apparently attends them regularly, but on Tuesday I think I got to watch something historic. It does matter that Obama is of African American descent because we’re only just a hundred years after the abolition of slavery, we haven’t got to equality yet and this is a milestone, same as Hilary or Palin would have been a milestone.
I thought his speech was rather clever, there were JFK, Lincoln and Martin Luther King references abounding, there was even a Civil Rights song in there. It was a thing of beauty and delivered rather well.