2008 Presidential Election & International Students
Anyone who has browsed the internet, read a newspaper or turned on the TV lately knows by now that Barack Obama on Tuesday was elected the next President of the United States.
The qualifications of Obama, a Democrat, and the Republican John McCain was hotly debated across the country this year. The primary race (when the Democratic and Republican parties choose their candidates) started even earlier.
Of course, the discussion wasn’t limited to US citizens.
Student newspapers throughout the US (including at schools such as Illinois State University, Kenyon College, University of Washington, University of Iowa and Brown University) reported the thoughts and opinions of international students on this year’s presidential election.
Not surprisingly, foreign policy is often a top concern for international students when they decide which US politicians to support.
People around the world watched this election for many reasons. One reason was Obama’s background. According to the newsletter Immigration Daily, he will become the seventh US President with an immigrant parent.
Exactly how Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden react and respond to countries and leaders around the world remains to be seen. But one thing is for sure: The election may be over, but the debate is not!