The current presidential race in the United States is the most exciting of my lifetime which is why, with still two months to go, I’ve already blogged on it almost 60 times. The last 24 hours have been particularly exciting.
First, the Democratic National Convention in Denver ended its fourth and last day with an inspirational address from Barack Obama that apparently was watched by some 38 million Americans.
Then, on the day he became 72, Republican presumptive nominee John McCain stunned everyone by choosing as his running mate and the person who might be a heart beat away from the presidency Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska.
One has to assume that this is a calculated attempt to win disaffected Hillary Clinton supporters to the Republican cause in the actual ballot, but Palin opposes a woman’s right to choose abortion and her foreign policy inexperience totally undermines the charges that McCain has made of Obama’s unreadiness for the White House.
So now we know that, whatever happens in the actual election, history will be made with either the first black President or the first woman Vice-President.
You can see, hear and read Obama’s speech here.