Election-Related Anecdote

Before I left for Japan, on my last day working at the Green Tortoise, a guy came in to book a trip on our giant green buses. He didn't really care where he went, but he just knew he had about twelve days to travel, and if possible, wanted to end as near to Flagstaff, AZ as he could. I asked him why, and he told me he was going to go campaign for Barack Obama there.

I was certainly in support of that, but something was a little off about this guy- it suddenly struck me that this wasn't an American college student- he had a thick british accent, and was staying in a travelers' hostel. I asked him where he was from, and he said he was on summer vacation from school in England, and had decided to spend half of it trying to get Barack Obama elected.

Having people come to your country just to fix your democracy is surprising, humbling, depressing, and inspiring. The world backs Barack Obama four to one (BBC poll, via theworldwantsobama.org); hopefully the American public will listen.

I'm off to try to find a haircut in Harajuku- cheers!