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Have you seen the American presidential debate, what can we learn from it?

Tigrai Online, Oct. 04, 2012

Mitt Romney left shakes hands with President Barack Obama
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney left shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the start of the first 2012 U.S. presidential debate in Denver October 3, 2012. They might be saying something entirely different in their heads, but they are smiling for the camera. (Photo credit, REUTERS/Jason Reed, UNITED STATES)

There is something amazing and unbelievable when you see the above photo of President Barak Obama shaking hands and smiling with presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. The picture was taken on October 3, 2012 at the U.S. presidential debate in Denver, Colorado held at the oldest and largest private university, Denver University.

When it comes to politics these two men and their respective parties don’t see eye to eye and maybe they will do whatever is possible to defeat each other, but they will never resort to violence and using force at any level because of their sharp differences in their ideology.

Both will dig deep to find any dirty secret in their life to discredit one another, but they will never use each other’s religion or ethnic background to gain political upper hand.

Throughout the election millions of dollars will be spent on TV, radio and other social media advertisements and some of the campaign advertisements are brutally negative. The candidates will debate five of six times live on TV to show the American people where they stand on key issues and policies. More often than not the debates get really heated, but no matter how angry and irritated the candidates get they keep cool and treat each other with the at most respect.

When do you think we would reach this kind of civility? Can you imagine Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and Dr. Birhanu Nega shaking hands during an Ethiopian election?

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