It seemed to me that the French Presidential election finished within a matter of a few months, with several candidates still in the running until a couple of weeks ago. U.S. Presidential elections drag on and on, a minimum of 18 months, It is a gauntlet of campaign stops, fund-raising and barbs thrown at each other until (I think) the electtorate here is numb and wants it to be over. Even when the field gets down to 2 (or 3) candidates, there is still about three months to go before the election. It sucks to keep seeing constant political ads bashing the other . . . I think "You are both liars1 Neither of you should win . . get off my television!" I would much prefer a short process, say 6 months, to what we now have. I think Americans' attention span cannot stand much more than that.
So, what do you think of your outcome? Do you like Hollande, and why (or why not)?
(I hear that the Greek election process is also going on -- as in France the "extreme right" gaining support, but still a small minority there).