BARACK Obamas predicted victory in the US presidential election is more likely to usher in a bleaker future for the globe, not the bright new dawn his optimistic supporters are hoping for.
How eight Australians have ended up in the tiny city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, volunteering for the last eight days of the Obama campaign is a long and complicated tale - but here we are.
The economy may rate as the number one issue, but the first paragraph every journalist in the world will write after the ballots are counted will turn on the winners identity, not their party.
When you change the government there, there's a good chance that you're changing the world.
Either way next week, the US presidential election is the kiss of death to the short, unhappy rise to power of the baby-boomer generation.