2012 Election Night
November 6, 2012
Close to 500 guests, most of them young political and civil society leaders, journalists, exchange program alumni and academics, came to an Election Night Open House last night at the Ambassador’s Residence. The carnival-style event, which featured face-painting, an Argentine jazz band, Jazz x3, an American accordionist, and a living Statue of Liberty, was the first such event held at the Residence in over 40 years. American Fulbright Scholar Alan McPherson and Argentina consultant Sergio Berensztein provided a lecture on the possible election results and their likely impact on U.S.-Argentine relations, and all guests had the opportunity to vote in a mock presidential election. Midway through the event, the results were announced: President Obama, 73%; Former Governor Romney, 26%; Write-in, < 1%.
Near the end of the evening, Ambassador Vilma Martínez gave remarks on the election. In those remarks, she recounted the words of President Abraham Lincoln that the United States is a government of, for and by, the people—and that because of this, we celebrate the great privilege and responsibility that comes with the power to choose our representatives in a peaceful manner through free and fair elections. The Ambassador concluded by noting the vision and values shared by Argentina and the United States-- nations who share the desire for a free, peaceful and prosperous future, and peoples who are moved by the desire to tirelessly fight for democracy, human rights and social justice.