Heck, Barack Obama might be a once in a generation orator, but for any Western country, or any country for that matter to elect a member of the minority (yes, yes, he is half-white) as their leader is a tremendous achievement. Yes, he might have been helped by the tanking economy, but this was a comprehensive victory in all respects. Is he good for India or bad for India? Well, I'm sure there will be way too much analysis on that topic for a while on the TV channels, but he has some things to fix in America first. Of course, we didn't exactly help our case when our (unelected) Prime Minister told George W that we all 'love him'. I don't know how good or bad Barack Obama will be as a President of the United States, but I'm jealous of Americans today that they got a chance to vote for inclusion. We on the other hand in 2009 will have hardly any choice... a prince annointed against his will whose rural image doesn't quite gel with the hard spending man at Wasabi, a man with half a foot in his grave and another one in his mouth (the BJP's simple strategy for the 2009 elections should be keeping quiet) and a woman surviving on divisiviness and others whose politics is that of poverty, that is keeping people there.