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Interesting times

This is quite an interesting time to be in America right now. The financial markets are collapsing big time. Some people seem to think that this is a short-term thing, but I have my doubts. I would be surprised if things would be back to normal in less than 10 years.

On the other hand, America never ceases to surprise, in good ways and in bad ways. Who would have thought that after 8 years of George W. Bush, the people of America might elect someone like Barack Obama? And now it seems like this it what's going to happen.

Most would not be surprised to learn the George W. Bush has now officially the lowest approval rate of any American president since the introduction of presidential job approval ratings in the 1930ies - he's currently at 19%. Most, however, would be surprised to learn that the person with the highest approval rating of any American president since the introduction of presidential job approval ratings is - George W. Bush (at 92% right after 9/11). Consequently, the man also holds the record of the biggest approval rating difference during the president term in office - a whopping 73%. (This wiki article contains the links to the sources).

Either the man has changed dramatically, or the people (the ones who are voting) have changed dramatically. My bet is on the latter. If I'm right, then the 73% are a good indication of how much things have changed during the past 8 years. Given that George W. Bush was never elected with a large majority (if there was a majority at all), and given that anyone in this country thinks they're on the wrong track, it seems to me almost dead certain that Obama will be elected president in a few weeks. I would even bet on a double digit percentage difference. But then again, this country never ceases to surprise...

To us, neither of this will matter much, of course, as we continue to enjoy the excellent weather, the beautiful nature, our friends and neighbors, independent of who's going to try to clean up the mess in the next 4 years.


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