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harry123 Donating Member (102 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:50 PM
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Obamamania hits Germany
Source: Credit Writedowns

On the eve of Barack Obama's historic speech in Germany, Handelsblatt, the German equivalent of the Wall Street Journal, is reporting that American expats have a newfound pride after almost eight years of shame during the Bush presidency. The paper describes a 'euphoria' which has landed in Europe with Barack Obama

The subtext of the article is that write-in ballots from expats living abroad will come in overwhelmingly in favor of Obama although they had come in for the Republicans in the past. If one remembers the recount fiasco in Florida in 2000, this will be absolutely crucial in swing states like Florida, Ohio and Virginia to name a few.

What's more is none of this is being captured by the U.S. media in its sate by state polling. As six million Americans live abroad, 27 million in Europe alone, the potential to swing a tight election is enormous.

This has major implications for U.S. foreign and domestic policy as well as for financial markets.

Read more: http://www.creditwritedowns.com/2008/07/obamamnia-hits-...



This is a very interesting story from a leading German Newspaper that came out today. The Germans are ecstatic over Obama's visit.
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:54 PM
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1. There had better be some VERY careful watching of the polling places and
the vote counting...both domestic and those sent in from out of the country.
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Diane R Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 12:19 AM
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3. I guess I'm not the only one who worries about voting fraud when I see encouraging news about Obama.
We've seen two presidential elections stolen in 7 years. I KNOW they are up to dirty tricks again, and I'm worried that all the latest good news about Obama is just making them work harder to steal it again.

We can't count these chickens just yet....
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 12:34 AM
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4. "The price of democracy is constant vigilance"
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prairierose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 09:48 PM
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23. I'm glad to see someone else worrying about the same thing...
that I am. Even though, things look good, I do not trust that they will not steal it again.
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brer cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:56 PM
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2. Some real fuzzy math there:
Edited on Wed Jul-23-08 11:00 PM by brer cat
"As six million Americans live abroad, 27 million in Europe alone..."

It is interesting. Thanks for posting. Welcome to DU! :hi:
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 12:35 AM
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5. Typing error. Should be "2.7 million in Europe alone"
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flor de jasmim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 04:15 AM
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6. As an expat since 1991 - I agree - a tremendous weight will lift from my shoulders when he's elected
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bdamomma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 10:50 AM
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9. yup, I totally agree with you.
I will be able to breathe again.
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WhiteTara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 10:07 AM
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7. that is one strange statistic!
six million Americans live abroad, 27 million in Europe alone...
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harry123 Donating Member (102 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-26-08 04:40 AM
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25. It's really 6 million but 2.7 million in Europe!
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Doctor_J Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 10:46 AM
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8. The expats' votes won't be counted
OTOH, Obama is channeling JFK very nicely.
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baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 02:07 PM
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10. Ich bin ein Obamamaniac!
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BlueJessamine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 07:25 PM
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11. Stage Set for Barack Obama to Take Germany by Storm
Source: Deutsche Welle, Germany

Berlin police Thursday prepared for a crowd of a million expected to turn up to hear Barack Obamas speech. While they felt fit to fend off unfriendly behavior, German enthusiasm for the US senator kept them guessing.

Bunches of air balloons bearing the image of Barrack Obama have been pinned to the lampposts along the June 17 boulevard. The lawn in the neighboring Tiergarten park has been freshly mowed, and two giant video screens have been set up to give latecomers a chance to catch a glimpse of the political superstar.

"It was not an easy task to match our security concerns with Obama's wish for an open event where people can enjoy freedom of movement," said Berlin police spokesman Bernhard Schodrowski. Therefore, maximum security precautions are only taken within a circle of 250 meters (820 feet) around the Victory Column the venue of Barack Obama's speech. This area is fenced off and people are not allowed to carry large bags and posters.

Police advised that spectators seeking to get close to the Democratic senator had to arrive at least three hours early. Yet, while waiting they can indulge in pizza, bratwurst and beverages in one of the two dozen fast-food stalls lining the two-mile long boulevard. There are also life performances of German pop band Reamonn and Reggea singer Patrice.


"Obama stands for a new era in politics," he said. "He is someone who can change the world."



Read more: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,3509783,00.htm...



"Yes We Can! Obama 08!"
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Muttocracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 07:25 PM
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12. I was just about to post DW's site
good video there too! :)
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radfringe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 07:25 PM
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13. watch it on c-span 3 - 1pm today n/t
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BlueJessamine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 07:25 PM
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15. thanks
for the heads-up!
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Muttocracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 07:25 PM
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14. I watched a video in German comparing McCain and Obama
I don't speak a word of German, but the points of the comparison were quite clear!
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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 07:25 PM
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16. Will Obama give German Chancellor Merkel a Swedish massage?
Or just pinch her butt?

Obama Must outgaffe Bush if he really wants to be President.
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eagertolearn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 07:25 PM
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17. Translate????
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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 07:25 PM
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21. A reference to the Bush national embarrassment moment #7438...
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jjanpundt Donating Member (284 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 07:25 PM
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20. I only caught a moment or two of highlights
but Obama and Merkel looked very friendly. She patted his arm a couple of times, was very animated and seemed very comfortable with him. Obama looked terrific.
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boomerbust Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 07:25 PM
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18. Security?
Maximum security precautions are only taken within a circle of 250 meters. I dont like the sound of that!
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ImpeachEmAll Donating Member (3 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 07:25 PM
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19. Obama at the Sieges Turm
Over 67% of Germans in that Deutsche Welle article would vote
for Obama for US president.  Even crazier is that a majority
of Germans would vote for Obama as Chancellor of Germany!!!
http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,3509783,00.html
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starroute Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 07:25 PM
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22. Pizza and bratwurst?
Traditional German fast food, I guess.

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