OK. So I'm not an American. I've only ever been to America once, and that was for about 2 hours. We were visiting Canada, and popped across for dinner. The restaurant had a sign saying "no guns allowed" and a porn pictures vending machine in the toilets. I wasn't too impressed (although this is by no means a verdict on the whole of that country).
But what did impress me was US President-elect Obama's victory (can't deny that I had a little tear in my eye) and his victory speech. It was good. In fact, it was impressive. Here are the opening lines, with the bit that is so amazing:
"If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founding fathers is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer. It's the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen; by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the very first time in their lives (...) It's the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled - Americans who sent a message ...."
A presidential victory speech that mentions disabled people! Wow.
And the guy has a pretty impressive disability policy too!
Listen and learn, Australian politicians!