Late one night / early one morning
November 5, 2008
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It does feel a bit like a new dawn, doesn't it? Even though this is still the guy who was the smug "dicky boyfriend", the expectations of him are so high he can surely only disappoint and we here in Britain have sore experience of hailing a political messiah, it was still worth staying up for. It might have been the need for sleep, but I got a bit dewy eyed watching Obama's victory speech.
I have to say though, the best part of the night was watching John Bolton be an absolute dick in his role as commentator. He was paired with Simon Schama and I wonder if Schama had specifically requested to go on with Bolton, since he seemed to having so much fun baiting him. Bolton accused one BBC correspondent of "ignorance" to her face and later said another should be sacked for conducting an argumentative interview. (Kettle, have you met John Bolton?) David Dimbleby grew gradually more and more icy towards him as Schama became more and more outspokenly pro-Obama and used his ferocious intellect to slap Bolton and his reactionary views back into line – but employing the kind of grace lacking in Bolton's increasingly desperate attacks.
Slack-jawed moment of the night was around 2.30am when Dimbleby announced that Fox News had called Ohio for Obama. As usual Fox were going ahead of the other networks but the very fact they were doing it with Democrat gains was as sure a sign as any that the night was going very, very well for Obama. (Simon Schama jokingly tried to persuade Dimbleby to call the entire election at that point.)
*yawn* Bed calls, I think.