Election Events: U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq
As submitted by embassy staff
In commemoration of Election Day, Public Affairs Section Baghdad organized an evening reception at the Chief of Mission Residence hosted by Ambassador Stephen Beecroft. High level Embassy contacts from the Government of Iraq, other Diplomatic Missions in Iraq and the U.S. private sector were invited by all Embassy sections to celebrate the U.S. election. Ambassador Beecroft gave remarks to the guests on the importance of elections in a democracy and the critical function it serves in creating the opportunity for a robust and very public exchange of ideas and delineation of positions.
The Public Affairs Section coordinated and hosted a well-attended and well-received elections day event. Invitees, which ran the spectrum from high-ranking foreign diplomats to Government of Iraqi officials to representatives of local and foreign media outlets (including Iraqiya, Al Hurra, AP, and CNN) gathered with members of the mission community to watch live and breaking news about the presidential election on multiple large TV and projection screens placed around and outside the American Club. The press corps interviewed the Ambassador, DCM, and attending guests, including members of the Public Affairs section. Attendees especially enjoyed having their photos taken by an official photographer in front of the “flat candidates” standing posters which were located in several areas of the facility. Invitees breakfasted on donuts, coffee, and healthier fare as they watched the final tally of the popular and electoral vote, and all eyes were on the giant projection screen as the candidates gave moving concession and victory speeches. Ambassador Beecroft followed with his own remarks, praising the American political process and explaining how the American people’s power lies ultimately in their ability to choose their leaders every four years, and how this choice is at the cornerstone of our democracy.