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   Date: 11/7/08

JYA Q&A: Students Comment on Election 2008

 

Elizabeth Hartman-Dow, a history major (concentration: Medieval Europe) studying in London, reports from Istanbul, Turkey, where she was traveling during Election 2008

Elizabeth Hartman-Dow in front of Windsor Castle, England.

Gate: How did you spend election night?

EH: I spent election night in the TV room of a hostel in Istanbul, where young backpackers from around the globe all gathered to watch events unfold, and of course offer their own interpretations and opinions of politics and the election so far, and America, in general.

Gate: How would you describe the interest in the presidential election where you are?

EH: There is a lot of interest in the election here in London, and elsewhere I've been. The students at my university care and tend to know at least the basics, but it's also very common to be out and have a storekeeper recognize the American accent and then get dragged into revealing your opinions about various issues, or just the election in
general.

Gate: What was the reaction about the election of Barack Obama?

EH: There seemed to be an initial reaction of elation, and then a calming down into an overall feeling of hope, with elements of elation still evident. It was great to finally be able to answer the question, “So, where are you from?” not with “Canada” or “the States....yeah, I know, we're angry, too,” but instead with “We're from America, woo!”

Gate: Did you vote by absentee ballot? When did you send that in?

EH: I sent my absentee ballot in, I believe it was Monday, October 13. Very proud moment, that.

 

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