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Asheville, Monday — Until recently, Jon Jacobs had never been interested in politics or international travel. But that changed when, like so many other young, American men, the UNCA junior drew inspiration from the Obama campaign theme’s of hope and change.
“My girlfriend dumped me last spring and I’d been going through a dry spell. I needed a change,” he says. “I was surfing through the channels and saw Obama speaking to thousands of adoring, hot, German chicks. I thought to myself, ‘If we elect this guy, the women of the world will once again dig us.’”
The revelation proved transformative. The once-apathetic college student says he even momentarily considered volunteering for the campaign one time as he drove by its local office on Merrimon Avenue on his way to Wild Wing.
“I’ve never been with a foreign girl, and I was daydreaming about sultry, older French women,” he explained. “I almost stopped. I just wanted Obama to win so liberal girls all over the world will think I’m cool.”
On election night, Jacobs was so inspired by the election of America’s first African-American president and its symbolic importance for the rest of the world that he immediately bought a plane ticket to Paris for this week’s Thanksgiving break.
“My parents’ credit card was already maxed out, but Obama was telling me, ‘Now is our moment, now’s our time,’ and I just went for it,” he says. “And I’m so glad I did. We really need to make the most of this newfound respect and goodwill toward Americans. It’s going to be awesome. Yes we can!”
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