09 November 2012

Election Night At The US Embassy


What better place to watch the election unfold
than in the US Embassy in London?!

{ cameras not allowed, so all from my phone }

The Embassy was all lit up,
with tight security




Live Dixieland music greeted us - so distinctly American!

Ambassador Susman welcomed the crowd




We were surrounded by
1500 other Americans
{ Republicans & Democrats }




US newscasts were aired on screens throughout the Embassy

We walked through the Media Center,
with the BBC set up 
among others




Difficult to see,
but a computerized map was filled in throughout the night
as results were reported




The basement held a bar and live band




McDonald's and finger food were served




The Election Party started at 10p
with costumed Elvis, Statue Of Liberty, and Uncle Sam
walking around

Due to the difference in time zones,
we knew the results wouldn't roll in until 4am
at the earliest

So we left -
happy we had gone to the party
and happy to be going to bed
:)

***

The US Embassy has been in Grosvenor Square since 1960
and is the largest American Embassy in Western Europe

A new US Embassy is being built across the River Thames in Wandsworth
( near Battersea )


photo credit


It should be completed in 2017

A few fun facts:

In December 1777,
Morocco was the first nation to publicly recognize the new United States
Together they maintain the United States' longest unbroken treaty

Benjamin Franklin had the first overseas mission of the United States
in Paris, France in 1779
{ and in London, you can visit his only remaining home in the world }

The first American Embassy was in The Hague, Netherlands
where John Adams was the first US Ambassador (1782)

Later
Adams became the US Ambassador to Great Britain (1785)
and then the second President of the United States (1797 - 1801)

You knew I couldn't resist throwing in a bit of trivia,
didn't you ;)

all photos by me
unless otherwise noted 
Source: Wikipedia 

18 comments:

Daydream Living said...

Hi Laura, love that you Americans come together to do this, thanks for showing it. Also, I loved your post the other day about bonfire night and your new holidays, made me giggle, have a good weekend, it's already started here,
Maureen x

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Hello Laura, how I wish we could of been there for all the excitement. I have been amazed how tuned in everyone is here with our American politic; it's is truly impressive. Even some of my colleagues children! I was asked at work if we Americans are just as informed about what happens here in the U.K. with their elections. In my opinion we are not.

Thanks for sharing your tremendous evening & I hope you have a fun weekend too.
Cheers,
Deb

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I would agree with you. Enjoy your weekend :)

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

What a party, and both sides there! Personally I'm pleased with the results! :)

Robyn said...

that is an experience, bet there was a great buzz about the place! we can't even take phones into the british embassy here...which is a shame...security is just so high...good that you got a few photos!

Sandra said...

What an exciting time! I watched it all on TV and got the results really early in the morning on the CNN! It was close, wasn't it? I loved all the red, white and blue papers which came floating down at the end. Obama gave a touching speech and he seems to have such a lovely family. Good luck to him during the next four years.

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

I never thought about embassies doing something like this. How fun! Thanks for sharing. I'm in the central US time zone and went to bed before it was official too. Ha! We get up at 4:30 am local time. Got on our phones to get the news.

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

What fun!!!
Mary x

greenthumb said...

That was a fun thing to do, I wouldn't have stayed till 4a

likeschocolate said...

What a fun opportuntiy minus the Micky D!

A little bit Country said...

What a great night - love that they served McDonalds. I love quirky touches like that. Although I'm not American I know alot of people (me included) kept a close eye on the results. I was very happy with the outcome. Elaina xo

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

What a cool election night. I had no idea this happened.

Fondly,
Glenda

PURA VIDA said...

Wow Laura! Just Wow!

Emily said...

L ~ love the update of your blog - beautifully crisp.
Also enjoyed catching up on your posts (and trivia) as always.

Dave D said...

This was a little surprise for me, having been an expat Brit a few times, I can't imagine (nor did I ever see) Brits going to an election party at their local British consulate.

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

I love it that you went to the party! What a great idea - your mind works in mysterious ways!! I'm trying to learn from you!!

Sarahx

Emm in London said...

How lovely that you could go there on election night! The South African consulate and embassy are such horrible places to be and we're treated so badly there, that I would never think to step foot in them unless I had to. Of course, it is compounded by the fact that I've always had dual nationality since birth and that their thinly veiled threats mean little to me!

Noelle the dreamer said...

As always your trivia is worth a stop! Thank you for sharing,