“Four years of watching and listening to Donald Trump lead the most powerful country in our generation was a painful experience. For a third world citizen living in a country led by a quasi-dictator president sans decency and respect for the rule of law, we look at powerful countries abroad as role models and with Trump, we didn’t get that.
That pain is now history, replaced by hope and happiness that decency will once again rule America and the rest of the world may follow. The victory of President-elect Joe Biden with the first woman Vice President elect Kamala Harris has given us the realization that human decency prevails and hope springs eternal! Our turn will come. ”#
Bambi Beltran in Cebu City, Philippines
“It’s an exciting celebration of our democracy at work. There are many things to celebrate (youth voter turnout, black voter turnout, and the importance of the groundwork grassroots mobilization). As a first-generation Asian American immigrant, I’m truly excited to see a candidate like Kamala Harris in office.
I truly hope we can learn a lesson and continue to engage in local and national level politics not just when we teter on the edge of fascism or in performative waves, but that this becomes an ongoing trend to holding our elected officials accountable at all times. I look forward to holding the Biden & Harris team accountable for the next four years and to the positive and progressive change we can bring by working together as a nation.”#
Aisha Ibrahim in Bangkok, Thailand
“The majority of Americans have spoken. They elected Biden and Harris to show to the world the needed healing of America from the incompetent, narcissistic, and demagogue leader that had led their country to dismal uncertainties instead of possibilities. (They can now) start mending the divided sorry states of America back to its proud and glorious United States of America!
I hope this will resonate in the coming presidential election of 2022 in our home country. Congratulations to the people of the USA. God bless America and its new leaders President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.”#
Lilja Hólmsdóttir in Reykjavik, Iceland
“I believe that the leadership of Biden/Harris will carry us Americans to a different level of way of life. There will be consideration of constituents and implementation of the Constitution. Our Federal Government’s three branches – the Executive, Legislative and Judicial departments will again exist to ensure that the citizens are protected.
And I believe that the coronavirus will be tackled and handled in its highest standards as a Task Force is now being organized. An administration with policies and guidance for jobs and economy and respects its constituents will flourish slowly with challenges.” #
Nieva Quezon Burdick in New York City, USA
“The fact that more Americans resolved to vote this time is a victory in itself. The results affirmed that it always pays to light a candle than to curse the darkness! May the Philippines’ turn in 2022 turn out to be a similar breakthrough. May we break out of apathy or fear, and follow through with vigilance against stupidity and corruption. Not just during elections but for all time.” # Olive Caday-Fillone in Taguig City, Philippines
“As a Filipino-European, my heart is just bursting at the seams! Finally, the US is bringing back class, dignity, and integrity to the White House! There is a lot of work ahead, but I am sure that President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris will be up to the challenge.
I can’t wait for your country to start healing. I know it won’t be overnight, but now there is hope that it will happen. CONGRATULATIONS! And more power to your OSM!” # Ester Ferwelo-Platzer in Velden Am Worthersee, Austria