In November 2012, Barack Obama was re-elected as President of the United States. Meanwhile, I was 3,000 miles across the Atlantic living and studying in Friedrichshafen, Germany. The re-election of Barack Obama became significant because of its insignificance in my life. It felt at once distant and immanent. What I hope to recover in these cobbled-together moments of autoethnographic exploration is a sense of interconnectedness. North or South, German or American, Democrat or Republican, our civic and individual lives are indebted to the otherness of others. Indeed, borders are arbitrary.

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