2008 Letter from Paris
posted by November 3 at 15:10 PMon
I’m an American living in Paris. Like most Europeans, the French dig Obama. For the past two school years, I taught English in a high school in heavily immigrant areas of the suburbs, and when Obama first announced his candidacy my generally pessimistic students seemed to feel like new possibilities now existed for their own lives. The next school year, when I told them about voting in the Democrats Abroad primary on Super Tuesday, the excitement was once again palpable.
Just last week, when I dropped my absentee ballot into a yellow La Poste box here in the 11th arrondissement where I live, the box was tagged with a racial slur. Perhaps silly or overemotional, but dropping a ballot marked for Obama into that tagged box made me feel like I was helping all of these kids feel like they could do anything, because Barack Hussein Obama just might become president of the United States.