Let’s Get…. Political

28 01 2009

The world waits with bated breath to see what President Obama will do with his First 100 Days in Office. It’s important for him to make smart moves, as the whole country is depending on the economy to get better or something to just CHANGE. Personally, his first handful of days in office have made my idealistic little liberal heart swell up with pride. It’s been awhile since I’ve looked at decisions coming out of the White House (say oh, my entire adult life?) and agreed with them from a values standpoint. From the promise to close Guantanamo Bay, the envoy already sent for talks in Israel, the lift of the federal funding ban on abortion education, to finally, FINALLY! taking a wider perspective on relationships with Middle Eastern countries. It feels like a breath of fresh air and a modern take on the global world we live in, rather than the extremist views held by the former administration that were unfortunately passed on to the country at large for a time (or so it felt).

From a travel standpoint, it’s been simply lovely to be greeted by strangers with a fist pump and OBAMA! call instead of the range of emotions that usually came with being associated with the U.S. in the past few years. Mind you, this is only my personal experience, but I know plenty of Americans who have felt the same way. Clearly once you have a conversation it’s easy to see personal opinions and differentiate the traveler from the political decisions made by the country they came from, but I’m talking simple first impressions. Bottom line: I’m just impressed with the 180 that has happened in the White House. Keep those great decisions coming, Mr. President.

(I have a few posts brewing about Japan and of course will be posting photos and stories soon. Loveloveloved it!)




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