U.S. Embassies and Consulates Observe Election Night 2012

Posted by Richard Buangan
November 7, 2012
Indonesian Women Celebrate the Victory of President Barack Obama

To us Americans, Election Day is that day in November when we head to the polls to exercise our right to vote. Most of us walk into voting booths as part of our routine -- unassuming, low-key, and often without fanfare. But around the world, our embassies and consulates were hosting foreign guests to view the election returns and talk about American politics, amid excitement and nail-biting euphoria.

For U.S. diplomats overseas, election night presents a public diplomacy opportunity to illustrate to foreign audiences our core values of democracy and civic responsibility -- values that define the American experience.

Last night into the wee hours of Wednesday morning, journalists, civil society leaders, and students gathered to not only watch the results on a big screen TV and talk about the election process with U.S. officials, but to also witness firsthand the passionate energy of American expats who were also in attendance to celebrate American democracy.

Our Ambassadors and diplomats appeared before local media outlets to explain to foreigners some of the unique features of our political system -- the Electoral College, the initiative and referendum process, and the social-economic challenges that the typical American voter must face this Election Day.

A guest at the U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh's event may have said it best: "The beauty of the American election is that it touches the whole world, though the U.S. presidential election is a complicated process."

We'd like to share with you photographs of how our embassies and consulates observed this Election Day. You can also follow the latest on Storify. We'd also like to hear how you observed Election Day, or how you view the state of democracy in your country. Please share your thoughts and comments in the space below.

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marouen s.
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Tennessee, USA
November 7, 2012

Marouen B. writes:

it's rellay a perfect moments in the maericain embassy.

palgye
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South Korea
November 8, 2012

Palgye in South Korea writes:

If Sec Hillary Clinton resign

i`m also stop write to here

i can't do anything more but

my.......

i can't find other ways express my anger.

palgye
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South Korea
November 9, 2012

Palgye in South Korea writes:

fiscal cliff-Today was the first time knows the word's.

Indeed, it is an interesting word.On measures to prevent the bankruptcy of the United States, you need to solve the financial problems in a timely manner, in an appropriate manner,'s warning.

However, the

Over the past four years (even the President of France) recognized as financial problems, and mobilize the financial method, trying to overcome the crisis, but always result in a fall into deeper recession's. If you refuse, the reflection ....

Congress to attempt to resolve the problem through compromise, but in reality, a different angle of how to solve the financial problems, the approach should be, how to overcome the financial crisis, of course, I personally think.

So, how do you? Of course, would be your victory in the presidential election, you know, I personally think. I'm just a truck driver. Again starting tomorrow, the unemployed, and ....

PS

Tax? who are pays tax? we lost so many middle class, middle class was and is real tax payer.

Tax? do...

but except me.

palgye
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South Korea
November 8, 2012

Palgye in South Korea writes:

We must help China VP Xi.

Molly
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Maryland, USA
November 8, 2012

Molly in Maryland writes:

Yes we can!

who57
November 9, 2012

W.W. writes:

The time of the Clinton's has passed - the time of the past and this kind of lobby has gone - now is time to move forward toward a new society and prepare new generation for a future made of prosperity security and peace.

palgye
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South Korea
November 9, 2012

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Now need save Spain

i think, it`s high time to save Spain

save Spain

after

erase fear of fiscal cliff.....

if Spain will be more worse, will be hard to save economy.

now saving is, by ECB

shows investor, EU have enough power and have enough money, shows person......

PS

can`t going USA, me....

i want working at South Korea President election camp, can you help me?

really, i want going to USA, easily.

Nazima
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Uzbekistan
November 10, 2012

Nazima in Uzbekistan writes:

Obama also promised to conduct educational reforms. So far "reforms" consist of things like instituting clear bags policies in USA schools (just came across this recently). What major changes will be done in terms of better schooling?

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