I am just back from Manchester England, where it was wall-to-wall Obama, every day, just before the elections. Travelers will benefit greatly from the new regime, people overseas were just plain as sick of George Bush as we were.

The two men are so fundamentally different, the world has breathed a great breath of optimism. I expect that even in countries that were formerly hostile to the US things will be warmer. I’ll give my theory a run for its money when I travel to Tehran, Iran on November 23 with a delegation of tourism officials, to take a short tour of the country and hopefully meet with some local Iranians. I have read so much about Iran, I can’t wait to actually step into the country and learn about it first hand.