I don't quite understand the American system of choosing candidates for presidential election. And, come to think of it, why should I care who the Americans want to have as their next president?
But this time around one hopeful candidate has managed to pique my interest. He is the junior senator from Illinois, Barack Obama.
To be sure, this graduate of the Harvard Law School is not the first African American to have come up this path of taking a shot at the American presidency. But his is so far the most realistic yet. For someone who can give Hillary Clinton a run for her money in the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination, now that certainly is worth watching. Especially so when Hillary is fiercely supported by none other than 'Minder-in-Chief-cum-hubby, Bill Clinton himself.
Who ever gets nominated by the Democrats, and whether he or she eventually gets to be the next president, is up to the Americans to decide. And it wouldn't make much difference to us foreigners in terms of US international policy given the strong presence of the same old lobby groups hovering in the corridors of Capital Hill. For example, one can expect a blind and unconditional support for the regime in Israel to continue.
But at least if Obama does come into office, we can expect a breath of fresh air about Washington. I think we can look forward to a new angle of looking at things, and with it, some new approaches to handling matters - even with regards to international policies.
So, Barack Hussein Obama, you get my vote - for better or for worse.