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Obama For The Win

November 7, 2012

A rarely-seen Syrian revolution flag in Zaatari refugee camp in Mafraq, Jordan.

Since coming to Jordan two months ago, the elections have been a frequent topic in conversations. Particularly in the Syrian-centric reporting I’ve been doing, who would be the next President of the United States weighed heavily on the minds of these mostly disappointed in American policy people. Though throughout Romney’s campaign, he looked to be more willing than Obama to arm the rebels, many Syrians I spoke with still placed their hopes in the current president, whom they hoped would enact stronger policies in support of the Syrian opposition if reelected and thus inspiring the international community to do the same.

A great deal of the other people I talked about America’s presidential election with in Amman were either indifferent, stating that one president or the other really makes no difference, or were pro-Obama. Though President Obama has disappointed many in this region after a promising start in Egypt in 2009, he was still the choice of many here. Even at a ministry in Amman yesterday, employees expressed their support for him. “Obama!” they said, with a wide grins.

Now that President Barack Obama has officially been reelected for a second term, it’s time to get back to work. I hope that the people who support him here in Jordan haven’t misplaced their hope in him to make real changes in policy in the Middle East in the next four years.


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