One of the reasons I loved The West Wing is that from time to time the speeches were amazing. It was fictional but you could be forgiven for wondering why it couldn’t happen in reality. This week it did and the speech is here. If you look to the side of the YouTube video you can (seemingly) contribute to the Obama campaign. I was moved enough to click that contribute button — for the first time ever for me I wanted to give money to a political campaign. Alas, it wasn’t to be: US citizens and permanent residents only; I presume due to election laws. It has been easier to give money to the West Wing by purchasing DVDs.
So be it. But if the last 8 years have shown us anything, we in the rest of the world are as bound to the outcome of the US election almost as much as those in our own countries (and for some countries more so). But I guess we will have to keep our distance from that process for the time being.