During the past couple of weeks, it seemed as if every news story we saw revolved around the 2012 election and which candidate would become the Commander in Chief. The man on top Tuesday night was Barack Obama, who scored himself a second term in the White House, beating out Republican candidate Mitt Romney. The race for the position of President was a close one. According to the Huffington Post, out of the 270 electoral votes needed to win, Romney was just 64 votes short, while Obama came out with an astounding 303 electoral votes. Obama won seven out of the nine battleground states, including Virginia, Ohio, and Iowa.
Just like the rest of the country, MFS is buzzing with excitement or disappointment about the 2012 election. Some students even wore black clothing to show their disappointment with the results. Most would think students and faculty alike would be surprised with how the race turned out or how extremely close it was. However, Scott Hammer, Upper School English teacher, was not surprised at how close the election turned out. “I wasn’t surprised by how close the race was because everything I had read and seen from polls suggested it would be tight. If anything, I was surprised that the contest was decided before the end of the night.”
Someone who was surprised by how the election turned out was 11th grader and WordsWorth contributor Dante Bucci. When asked how he thought the election ended, he was more than shocked. “I always thought it would be close but it turned big towards Obama in the end.” Along with his shock and surprise was disappointment. Dante supported Mitt Romney and the Republican party this election and thought the election was winnable for Romney. Dante added, “I thought the American public would see higher unemployment and an 16 trillion dollar deficit and say maybe it was time for a change. I guess not. I am just mad because the Gridlock in Washington will go one for at lease two more years and nothing more will get done because neither side will agree.”
No matter what party MFS students and faculty supported or how they thought the election would turn out, it is safe to say that MFS has always been passionate about politics and expressing opinions. That will most definitely not change.