November 4, 2008– Before Poll Closed

Here is the real-time election results widgets that will be shown Nov. 4, US time! Watch the electoral vote count and the congressional balance of power with the national U.S. map or choose a state and see how individual counties are voting. As soon as either McCain or Obama is declared the winner, you and I will know!

The countdown will be replaced automatically by the map a couple hours before the first polls close. (If you can’t view the widget, just look out for the interactive electoral map)

Here is A short guide to understanding the U.S. election process.

I am rooting for Obama.

Gallup recently found that nearly one-third of the world’s population feels the result of the American election will make a difference in their countries.

As a Filipino, I am interested in Senator Barrack Obama’s foreign policy. In Obama, I see a president willing to reach out to world leaders, whether friend and enemy, to open dialogue and resolve differences through diplomacy rather than military engagement. After all, when did it hurt to sit down and talk to our enemies?

An Obama election will send a signal to minorities across America and to countries around the world that the US is breaking through the racial divide, opening their hearts to people of all colors and religion.

Obama will be the next US President.

Update November 5, 2008 (Philippine time)

And Barack Obama is elected the 44th US President as most of us predicted! Yay!

Barack Obama sent an email on “How this Happened”

I’m about to head to Grant Park to talk to everyone gathered there, but I wanted to write to you first.

We just made history.

And I don’t want you to forget how we did it.

You made history every single day during this campaign — every day you knocked on doors, made a donation, or talked to your family, friends, and neighbors about why you believe it’s time for change.

I want to thank all of you who gave your time, talent, and passion to this campaign.

We have a lot of work to do to get our country back on track, and I’ll be in touch soon about what comes next.

But I want to be very clear about one thing…

All of this happened because of you.

Thank you,


And I’d like to quote my sister, an American Citizen.

“The best person won…

I sometimes wonder if the undecided decided because of McCain’s choice for vice-president.

Or as the economic crisis worsened, McCain lost footing. Maybe that’s what did it. While McCain opted to temporarily suspend his campaign due to this crisis, Obama had replied, “If you want to be President, you have to multi-task.”

Barak Obama’s charisma had something to do with it. And his wise choice of Biden for vice-president.

Obama won because his organizational structure was so tight. The email was indicative of the communications I received after I made a small contribution at a fundraiser that Obama’s sister was the guest of honor for (right after the primaries) — and I met Angelica Jongco, the organizer for Filipinos for Obama, who told the crowd that although she hadn’t met Obama yet, she liked Obama’s half-sister. At that time, I witnessed the Asians who had supported Hillary Clinton puiblicly support Obama for the party’s unity’s sake.

Obama’s organizers used Web 2.0 technology effectively. No amount was deemed too small to donate. Every donor was treated equally: with the same emails.

Truly a historic moment…”

About Noemi Lardizabal-Dado

You may contact Noemi (noemidado @ for speaking and consultancy services in the following areas: Parenting in the Digital Age (includes pro-active parenting on cyber-bullying and bullying) ; Social Business ; Reinventing One’s Life; and social media engagement. Our parenting workshop is called "Prep to Prime (P2P): Parenting in the Digital Age (An Un­Workshop)" P2P Un­Workshops are conducted by two golden women in their prime, Noemi and Jane, who have a century’s worth of experience between them. They are both accomplished professionals who chose to become homemakers. This 180­degree turn also put them on a different life course which includes blogging, social media engagement and citizen advocacy. They call their un­workshops Prep to Prime or P2P, for short, to emphasize the breadth of their parenting experience. They tackle different aspects and issues of parenting ­­ from managing pregnancies, prepping for the school years of children, dealing with househelp, managing the household budget, to maximizing one’s prime life and staying healthy through the senior years.

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