U.S. Embassies and Consulates Observe Election Night 2012

A group of women celebrate the victory of President Barack Obama in the U.S. presidential election, November 7, 2012 during an event to watch the results of the election hosted by the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia. [AP Photo]

About the Author: Richard Buangan serves as the the Director of Digital Engagement in the Bureau of Public Affairs.

To us Americans, Election Day is that day in November when we head to the polls to exercise our right to vote. Most of us walk into voting booths as part of our routine — unassuming, low-key, and often without fanfare. But around the world, our embassies and consulates were hosting foreign guests to view the election returns and talk about American politics, amid excitement and nail-biting euphoria.

For U.S. diplomats overseas, Election night presents a public diplomacy opportunity to illustrate to foreign audiences our core values of democracy and civic responsibility — values that define the American experience.

Last night into the wee hours of Wednesday morning, journalists, civil society leaders, and students gathered to not only watch the results on a big screen TV and talk about the election process with US officials, but to also witness firsthand… more »

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