Going home to a foreign country

(San Jose, Costa Rica)–The Obama victory celebration in San Jose, Costa Rica was small but dedicated. It started with my partners Dave and Joe convincing the bartender to turn the televisions to CNN. It ended much later. I shouldn’t have been surprised how many people believed as I did that what happened Tuesday night was a good thing. Regardless, for a group of people who spend most of their time trying to take each other’s money, this poker circuit was largely behind Obama.

It’s 11:30am here in San Jose. I have a little time before I have to go to the airport and fly back home. I suspect we’ll have to fly around a hurricane to get to Charlotte. Makes no difference to me. I’m going home to a country I hope to not recognize. I knew when I left that I’d be returning to a vastly different nation. I just didn’t know which one it would be.

So, the election went the way I wanted it to. Now, it’s up to Obama and his people to do what they said they’d do. It’s up to everyone else to hold him to his promises. We expect no less than the spirit and action he guaranteed.

We’ll all be watching, Mr. President-elect. Let’s make sure when I come home next time, it’s not to disappointment.

Brad Willis

Brad Willis is a writer based in Greenville, South Carolina. Willis spent a decade as an award-winning broadcast journalist. He has worked as a freelance writer, columnist, and professional blogger since 2005. He has also served as a commentator and guest on a wide variety of television, radio, and internet shows.

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5 Responses

  1. iggy says:

    i dunno. traffic still sucked on my drive into work today and there was still spam in my inbox.

    obama’s first 48 hours have been a complete failure.

  2. KenP says:

    That seems awfully lame.

    We all know Iggy can’t see over a steering wheel to drive.

    And, he’s in advertising. His middle name is Spam.

  3. G-Rob says:

    Here’s one difference, when you landed at CLT you landed in a former Confederate state that gave it’s electoral votes to a black guy!

    Who saw THAT coming??

  4. Little Willie says:

    Since it’s communism you seem to want, you should have saved yourself some flight time and just landed in Cuba. It seems to be working out just GREAT there!

  5. Dr. Chako says:

    Drunk in Vegas. Need you to save me from myself.

    253-6 three 2 – 1189

    Call me when you get in. We are headed to Diego at MGM for dinner at 7 pm.