Reaction on street: Glad Romney lost, but mixed feelings on Obama
AS NEWS of Obama’s victory broke, Newswire journalists hit the streets to find out how Wellingtonians felt.
Judy Whiddett said she didn’t follow politics closely, but was still somewhat pleased.
“It’s good. My parents are Obama supporters. He hasn’t [stuffed] it up as badly as George Bush did.”
Eduardo Pena (25), a Spanish man living in Te Aro, compared the media hype of the election to a Hollywood movie.
“It’s like Bruce Wayne dying, nothing to be concerned about. He was obviously going to to win, people take it far too seriously. Power is for the people, not one man.”
Newswire reporters approached Fahim Imam (27) as he was skateboarding down Dixon street.
“I’m pretty happy he won. Romney is a bit too right wing, I don’t think he would have done what the general population wanted, he’s more interested in a small section of the people.”
Lyall Bay resident Alesha Soma (29) also supported Obama, albeit half-heartedly.
“It’s awesome I guess. Black president wooo! I’m not that political though.”
John Woo (28) of Waitakere said he was happy that Obama won.
“He has better Middle East policies than Romney and he’s more open to engaging with Asian countries. With Romney you can’t really tell.”
Katherine Reeves (27) said she hoped Obama could push forward policies in his second term.
Matt Lane (26) had no particular attachment to Obama, but was glad the other guy lost.
“It’s a good thing, I just really don’t like Romney.
Matthew Gould (42) was motivated by material concerns closer to home.
“I think it’s a good thing for the world, and it’s structurally relevant for the integrated economy of the pacific.”
While Newswire encountered no open Romney supporters, there were some harsh words for Obama nonetheless.
“It’s bull,” says Chilean expat Jonathon Santonder, left.
“Obama promised hope and change but he didn’t go through with it.”
Canadian Samantha Robinson says the election has not weighed much on her mind.
Her friend Sam Wilson was not too concerned. “But I’m glad Obama won.”