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Good night, now

At the end, the margin is bigger than expected and there are reasons to celebrate. President Obama delivered one of his best speeches, that brought many people back in the victorious electoral night of 2008. Mitt Romney delivered a very high profile speech too. Now, again, there are reasons to be worried: just to mention a couple, the victory is far narrower than the historic election of four years ago and the Democrats are not in control of the Congress. But, yeah, after all getting four more years is already an accomplishment in itself. I guess for the moment we can celebrate and go to sleep, at least four more hours.

I’m wide awake

I regret having lost my report from 2008 elections. Anyways, this time as 2008 I am still awake after changing three pubs with a couple of friends and drinking some stouts. I am following the results even though they do not look good. Even if Obama will win (and at the moment the odds seems against) the margin will be so narrow that there is not going too much to be happy on the long term. Also, according to the CNN the Democrats will not gain back the Congress. That is very sad.

This newspaper would stick with the devil it knows, and re-elect him

I was waiting for it, it is out now, it is compelling as expected.

The New Yorker endorses Obama

The choice is clear. The Romney-Ryan ticket represents a constricted and backward-looking vision of America: the privatization of the public good. In contrast, the sort of public investment championed by Obama—and exemplified by both the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Affordable Care Act—takes to heart the old civil-rights motto “Lifting as we climb.” That effort cannot, by itself, reverse the rise of inequality that has been under way for at least three decades. But we’ve already seen the future that Romney represents, and it doesn’t work.

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Tonight’s presidential debate will be the final one. Then the valzer of the endorsements will begin. I am really curious to find out which of the candidates the Economist is going to endorse.

Latinos for Obama 2012

Il mio ultimo articolo per Unimondo.

Un boom demografico: cosi è stata definita la crescita del gruppo dei Latinos rispetto al complesso della popolazione statunitense dal Census Bureau. Secondo i dati del Censimento 2010, infatti, gli ispanici, costituiscono il 16,3% della popolazione statunitense, superando ormai i 50 milioni di unità e mostrando un aumento del 43% rispetto alla rilevazione precedente, quella del 2000. Si tratta di una crescita rapidissima, un vero e proprio boom demografico per l’appunto. Se questo trend di crescita rimanesse invariato, entro il 2050 gli ispanici arriverebbero a rappresentare oltre un terzo della popolazione statunitense. Già oggi, nel frattempo, un abitante su sei è di origine latina.

Guide to Barack Obama

Your pathetic, statistically meaningless vote is more important than ever this year. To help you make the right choice, we present The Onion’s guide to Democratic candidate Barack Obama.

5 big ideas for the US

Here‘s a post by David Rothkopf on how to fill the creativity void that has sucked the enthusiasm from many of Obama’s core supporters by sketching out a vision of American renewal that is plausible and built around a few big ideas.

The president needs to step it up in the next few months and articulate a clear vision for the future of the U.S. economy Perplexingly, Obama has yet to do that.

Wide right turns

I am sick of all these people saying that ‘Obama did nothing at all’. I was not among those supporting his presidency: initially, when everyone was cheering Obama I was supporting McCain.

Then, starting from summer 2008 I started realizing that he was actually meaning what he was saying with stunning capacity. Obviously, if you judge him from outside it is easy to get disappointed. As pointed out by Nicholas Kristof on the NYT, ‘President Obama came into office with expectations that Superman couldn’t have met. Many on the left believed what the right feared: that Obama was an old-fashioned liberal’. Surely, Obama did not revolutionize the country, nor world politics. But he accomplished a huge list of achievements. For this reason, saying that he did nothing at all is plainly not sense.

Here’s a list I draw of the very main things he did (sources: one and two).

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Jobs, jobs, jobs (and a flavor of art)

While the fall of unemployment in the US leaves a sweet scent of re-election (cit. Old Tom), I was quite amused by the art-works from the ‘Obama for America 2012 campaign’. Check it out.