Obama’s views on all things Indian

November 5, 2008

barack-obama-official-small1Democrat Barack Obama, who was elected as the 44th President of the United States, is known to be an admirer of world’s largest democracy as well as father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi.

Following are excerpts of some of his quotations:

On present Indo-US ties: “With India, America has one of its most important relationships in an uncertain world…both countries, India and America, are working to protect their people and values of 21st century threats while at the same time respecting the rule of law and cultural pluralism.”

On Indo-US ties under an Obama Administration: “I will move forward to build a close strategic partnership between the US and India when I am president of the United States.”

On shared Indo-US democratic values: “The world’s oldest democracy and the world’s largest democracy are natural partners, sharing important interests and fundamental democratic values.”

On terrorism, India and the US: “Both countries have been victims of catastrophic terrorist attacks and we have a shared interest in succeeding in the fight against al-Qaeda and its operational and ideological affiliates.”

On Mahatma Gandhi: “In my life, I have always looked to Mahatma Gandhi as an inspiration, because he embodies the kind of transformational change that can be made when ordinary people come together to do extraordinary things. Gandhi’s significance is universal. Countless people around the world have been touched by his spirit and example.”

On the Indo-US nuclear deal: “I voted for the US-India nuclear agreement because India is a strong democracy and a natural strategic partner for the US in the 21st century.”

On Kashmir: “We should probably try to facilitate a better understanding between Pakistan and India and try to resolve the Kashmir crisis so that they (Pakistan) can stay focused not on India, but on the situation with those militants.”

On Chandrayaan-I: “With India’s launch of its first unmanned lunar spacecraft following closely on the heels of China’s first spacewalk, we are reminded just how urgently the United States must revitalise its space programme if we are to remain the undisputed leader in space, science, and technology.”

Source: Rediff

This is how Obama made it

November 5, 2008

final-resultsSource: CNN

Obamania: US writes history, elects 1st black Prez

November 5, 2008

barack-obama-official-smallDemocrat Barack Obama is set to be the first African-American President of the United States of America after defeating his Republican rival John McCain.

When reports last came in Obama had managed 297 Electoral u votes as against McCain’s 146 while he needed 270 to win the historic the race for the White House.

Mccain called Obama to congratulate him on victory.

Source: NDTV

Race to the White House

November 5, 2008

poll_obama_vs_mccain1America is just hours away from knowing who will be the country’s new President.

As the race for the White House nears the finish line, we bring you facts about America and presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain.

  • If Barack Obama wins, he will become the first African-American president
  • If McCain wins, he will be the first president from Arizona
  • If McCain wins, Sarah Palin will be USA’s first female Vice President
  • Nineteen of the 43 presidents have been Republicans; 14 Democrats
  • The most states ever won by a presidential candidate is 49
  • In 2000, half a million more people voted for Al Gore than for George Bush, but Gore lost
  • This is the first election in 24 years without a Bush or a Clinton contesting
  • Four presidents have won despite losing the popular vote
  • $1.5 billion: Amount spent in this US elections, the highest ever
  • If McCain wins he will be the oldest US president.

Source: NDTV

How the US President is elected

November 5, 2008

ist2_5365012-us-election-icon-setThe election to the world’s most powerful job isn’t based on the popular vote. It’s a bit more complicated than in India.

This is how it works:

Basically, the ballots have Obama, McCain’s names although elections are also held for the Congress simultaneously sometimes.

But votes cast for Obama or McCain don’t go to them directly but to the Electoral College

which consists of 538 popularly elected representatives who formally select the President.

At this point it’s all or nothing.

The size of the Electoral College is equal to the total membership of both Houses of Congress (435 Representatives and 100 Senators plus the three electors allocated to Washington, D.C.), totaling 538 electors.

Each state is allocated as many electors as it has Representatives and Senators in the United States Congress. Since the most populous states have the most seats in the House of Representatives, they also have the most electors.

The six states with the most electors are California (55), Texas (34), New York (31), Florida (27), Illinois (21) and Pennsylvania (21).

  1. Ballots have Obama, McCain’s names
  2. But votes cast go to the Electoral College
  3. Whoever wins most votes in a state, wins all Electoral votes
  4. Whoever gets 270 Electors (out of 538), wins

Whichever Presidential candidate wins the most votes in a state, wins all the Electoral votes, even if the popular vote was split 51-49 percent.

And whoever gets 270 Electors (out of 538), wins the US Presidential election.

Source: NDTV