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Speaking across the dinner table

By Kevin Lee
Published: October 2008

School and grades have always been the main focus in my traditional, Korean household. With the Dow Jones plummeting every other day and the presidential election drawing closer,  however, Senators Barack Obama and John McCain have dominated daily dinner discussions with my parents.

But then again, who can blame them? America’s debt is the highest it has been in 50 years contributing to the fact that the National Debt Clock has even run out of digits. It’s no wonder that the whole world is anticipating the upcoming election.

“Like many [people in the Korean community], I’m fed up with what George Bush did or didn’t do as a Republican President, Seungoh Ryu, a research physicist, said.

Though John McCain stresses that his presidential plan differs greatly from Bush’s, Ryu believes that his policies are still essentially the same, which creates the possibility of another disastrous presidency. Alongside his emphasis on economic equality and individual freedom, Obama’s call for a drastic change has gathered immense support among middle-class Koreans.

Ryu also hopes the new Obama administration will address other important issues, such as global warming.

“Obama will reverse the course of almost everything Bush has done and restore the world’s visionary respect for the American people, he said.

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