Americans living in Cape Town and an almost equal number of South African journalists gathered at the Bishopscourt home of the US Consul General early this morning to watch the election results roll in. Just after 6am a huge roar could be heard in the suburb as the unabashedly partisan crowd cheered Barack Obama’s leap over the final hurdle to the 270 electoral college votes needed to win the presidency. (His current projected total of electoral college votes is 349, to John McCain’s projected 144.)
South Africans can relate: it’s like it’s 1994 in the USA.
I grabbed a few clips of Obama’s victory speech in Grant Park, Chicago, from the BBC’s coverage:
Videos: Clips from Barack Obama’s victory speech
“Change has come to America”
“Yes we can”
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And here’s the photo of the day from Africa: Obama’s step-grandmother Sarah Obama celebrating his victory in Kenya, where president Mwai Kibaki has declared tomorrow, 6 Nov, a national holiday:
It’s fair to say that it’s a holiday all over the world right now.
Photo courtesy The Huffington Post