Observing the US presidential election from abroad, I wonder if most Americans realize just how unbelievably lucky we are to have the chance to play our cards right on November 4th and elect Barack Obama. In a single night, the US could win back virtually all the riches of international regard that have been squandered during the past eight depressing years. This is what is at stake in this election: a wave of euphoria if Obama wins; a tsunami of despair if he doesn't.
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