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Today's headlines

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Flickr has photos of today's headlines from the UK papers. I'm sure the next time the Brits go to the polls, we'll return the compliment with similarly dramatic coverage.

My favorite headline is on the far right of the photo above. It's from The Star, which considers Barak Obama significant, but not quite as significant as the attractive young woman it identifies as "Abbey Clancy in thigh-high boots." It might seem from The Star's headline that they're thanking us for our choice, but, on closer inspection, they seem to be thanking us merely for having an election:

Unfortunately, I can't find the full article online, so it's not clear to me exactly how "American election fever save[d] a million British jobs," but once again, let me say: you're welcome.

A Nu Day Dawns

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I would like to congratulate my fellow Americans for making a historic choice. At long last, the greatest barrier in America has been broken.

That's right: for the first time in history, the President of the United States will have a rabbi for a cousin.

Mazal tov, Barak!

Not surprisingly, the election has received considerable interest over here. Last night, I was out at a movie and the gentleman sitting next to me heard my accent. He asked where in the US I was from, and when I told him Washington, DC, he said, in the mildest, most polite tone imaginable, "Tell me, is that a region that tends to trend towards McCain or Obama?"

I've lived here long enough to know that this is Britspeak for, "I'm dying to know who you voted for but it would be rude to come out and ask." So, by way of answer, I unbuttoned my shirt, revealing the Obama t-shirt underneath.

The English reserve melted away. He got a big grin and clapped me on the shoulder. At that point, the movie started, so we didn't get the chance to talk further, but afterwards, he told me he was going home to watch the results on TV.

So, random English guy who sat next to me at the movie, on behalf of America, let me say, "You're welcome."

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