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Being in the United States you just have to wonder why some people choose to be in the public eye? Is it the power? Is it the celebrity or is it the wealth? I can’t begin to answer that question but when looking at Michael Bloomberg with his own TV channel and of course a personal net wealth of $11.5 Billion I guess it isn’t the wealth – he has it already.

The New York Mayor and media mogul spent $85 million on re-election in 2005 (what did Clover Moore spend in Sydney?). The sum was $11 million more than in his first election 2001. Now the most famous Mayor in the world is rumoured to be considering jumping into the Presidential race – not now, but maybe in 4 years time.

With talk running hot that Bloomberg could run as Obama’s running mate earlier in the year and now that he may seek an unprecedented mandate for a third term as Mayor of New York City, all eyes are on him to see which candidate he’ll endorse – at this stage he has been quiet on the issue.

 Both Simon Turner and I witnessed an anti-John McCain and Sarah Palin rally in Philadelphia and the passion shown by Americans was intense.

It wasn’t clear if Palin was inside the building or whether Obama had recently departed, but election fever is running hot and it is amazing to see how the Americans express their political views. Both Simon Turner and I also watched the live debate between Obama and McCain only a few hours ago and it appeared that Obama was the winner. America is a wonderful and fascinating country.

Michael Marquette

This morning the Dow Jones plummeted by more than 800 points before recovering and is currently trading in positive territory. Commentators on CNN, Bloomberg and Fox have been touting what would happen if the Dow were to drop to 7479 which would result in trading being halted for 30 minutes. The enormous recovery has excited the market with hopes high that gains continue.

Both the Ford Motor Company and GE (General Electric) have stated that they are not looking to file for bankruptcy protection (Warren Buffett’s recent injection of equity no doubt helps, as will GE’s plan to raise $15 billion from the equity markets). General Motors (GM) is in serious trouble (GM’s share price is at its lowest price in over 50 years) and GE, GM and Ford are all planning massive reductions in their workforces.

After President George W Bush gave his speech in an attempt to steady the market, it fell by around 200 points – showing the lack of confidence shown in the current Administration. I continue to talk to Americans who just want the Federal Election to be over and Barack Obama is far and away the person being touted as the preferred President.

As I am currently in New York which is a predominantly Democratic State, this does not come as a shock, although the sentiment seems far more reaching than just the State of New York. With just over 3 weeks to go to the Presidential election I am sure the President Elect will have plenty to worry about. At this stage it is being reported that Obama is leading by up to 10 points nationally but the election is set to be decided in only a handful of states – Ohio is at the top of the list.

Michael Marquette

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