08TBILISI2063, GEORGIA: U.S. ELECTION PARTY DRAWS ATTENTION OF

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08TBILISI2063 2008-11-05 14:33 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Tbilisi

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UNCLAS TBILISI 002063 
 
SENSITIVE 
SIPDIS 
 
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TAGS: PGOV PREL GG
SUBJECT: GEORGIA: U.S. ELECTION PARTY DRAWS ATTENTION OF 
POLS/MEDIA 
 
SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED. NOT FOR INTERNET DISTRIBUTION. 
 
1. (U)  The Embassy and American Chamber of Commerce 
co-sponsored an election party which drew a crowd of roughly 
five to six hundred attendees who watched the results of the 
U.S. Presidential election.  Among the notables were 
newly-confirmed Prime Minister Grigol Mgaloblishvili; Mayor 
of Tbilisi Gigi Ugulava; Minister of Economic Development Eka 
Sharashidze; Deputy Foreign Minister Gigi Bokeria; Head of 
Analytical Section of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Shota 
Utiashvili; Presidential Deputy Chief of Staff, Nato 
Kancheli; Chief of Presidential Protocol Zurab Davchiashvili; 
Vice Speaker of Parliament Gigi Tserateli; Former Opposition 
Presidential Candidate Levan Gadchichiladze; and New Rights 
Leader David Gamkrelidze.  The Prime Minister used the 
opportunity to congratulate the United States on the election 
of a new President. 
 
2.  (U)  Local press covered the event and conducted 
interviews with the Charge and event guests about the U.S. 
election, its outcome, and effects.  There was live reporting 
on the morning and noon news programs, and the party was the 
primary story on the evening news.  Georgian and American 
guests arrived before 7 am local time and filled the ballroom 
which carried a live feed of CNN and MSNBC for attendees to 
monitor results.  In addition to the live television feeds, 
the party featured NDI and IRI information tables; internet 
stations where participants could check local election 
results or read up on the electoral college; recordings of 
the presidential and vice-presidential debates and comedy 
sketches from U.S. television and a mock election for 
Georgians complete with voting booths borrowed from the 
Central Election Commission. 
 
3.  (SBU)  Georgian guests were happily non-partisan noting 
the strong support that Senator McCain, Senator Biden and 
Senator Obama had all offered to Georgia in the past.  Many 
had woken up early to watch the returns come in and were 
impresed by the U.S. tradition of concession and acceptance 
speeches that called for unity and support behind the 
nominee.  A number of guests mentioned that they had been 
impressed by Obama's grass-roots campaign and ability to 
reach out to young people.  New Rights Leader David 
Gamkrelidze said that after studying Obama's campaign, he had 
met with the youth wing of his party to encourage them to get 
out and talk to the people in order to make the personal 
connections necessary to be a successful politician.  Our 
Georgian counterparts all noted that they were looking 
forward to working with the new administration and were 
optimistic that Georgian-U.S. relations would remain a 
priority. 
LOGSDON

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