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Students watch history unfold as Obama declared US Prez

Wednesday, 7 November 2012 - 5:36pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI
While the US presidential poll result was unravelling early this morning, select students from various schools and colleges got an opportunity to watch the historic event in company of diplomats and mediapersons at a breakfast party organised.

 While the US presidential poll result was unravelling early this morning, select students from various schools and colleges got an opportunity to watch the historic event in company of diplomats and mediapersons at a breakfast party organised here.

The students were treated to an authentic American breakfast sponsored by the US Embassy in collaboration with CNN, which had installed a giant screen on the lawn of a heritage hotel in central Delhi. In the background a band belted out popular American songs.

As results from various US states began trickling in and it became clear that Barack Obama was heading for a win over rival Mitt Romney, guests at the party broke out into cheers and waved American flags.

"It was a very closely run race. The elections have been lively.... While the United States has the world's oldest democracy, India has the largest...The election process makes me proud to be an American, and a Democrat," said US Ambassador Nancy J Powell who addressed the gathering after the results were declared.

"It came as a nice surprise to me to attend this screening," said Bhawna a student at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication.

Pratyush a class 12 student said, "We really wanted Obama to win because he has articulated his dream to the people in a way that Romney has not. I think people in India have already connected to him as a leader."

CNN which collaborated and supported the event had invited students both from schools and colleges to "impart to them the core tenets of good journalism".

"We wanted young students to learn what is imperative to journalism, that integrity, and attribution, among others cannot be sacrificed for speed and the US election experience will impart them a good education," Philip Turner, Bureau Chief, CNN International, South Asia told PTI.

"This is not merely a US election event, it is a celebration of democracy. World's oldest democracy at the world's largest and at this iconic hotel no less," said US Embassy spokesperson Peter Vrooman.

Logan Ury, an American citizen who attended a parallel all-American event organised, here at the American Community Support Association also courtesy of the Embassy too, was ecstatic to be there early morning.

"I'm grateful the Embassy hosted the wonderful American election watch party this morning. I was surrounded by my fellow Americans as we watched the results come in," said Logan, who voted early through 'absentee ballot' system before coming to India.




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