I have been a long time Lurker of Daily Kos. As a Canadian citizen who can't even participate in your fascinating electoral process, I actually took strange guilty pleasure in US politics, even right-wing crazy sites like freerepublic! The 2012 election cycle has been my favorite reality show. Some people enjoy Honey Boo Boo or the Kardashians, I love me some left vs right drama!
That said, probably to no surprise to any of you here, every one here (in Toronto) enthusiastically cheered as President Obama won re-election. But for me personally, and especially my workplace, it was really a joyful personal relief.
You see I am an animator. My studio makes children's cartoons for a living - Max and Ruby, Arthur, Wild Kratts and such to name a few. On the eve of election we were very worried that a Romney win would mean cuts to PBS, early childhood education and such, because our livelihoods actually depended on it! Our nervousness was palpable, but our elation and relief were downright exploding as the results rolled in!
Although it still scared many of us how viable Romney actually seemed, but none of that matters now. I know you guys have all seen the joy and excitement around the globe, but I have to express this on behalf of my studio and all animation studios around the world who make their livelihood on education and entertaining the new generation: Thank you. You have not only secured our futures, but millions of kids' futures as well with your precious votes! The entire world really depends on you guys! Even though I've heard my fair share of jokes at the expense of Americans here. Let me reassure you again, not that you guys need it:
We love you, bro. May the crazy devolving rightwing in the US and around the globe keep slipping into irrelevancy!