With the US election next week, Beijing residents are sharing their views. NYT columnist Kristoff opened this column on world opinion of the US and Obama with one such view. Stylites will be presenting savvier views of hipper Beijingers. Chrissy, a theater student, would vote for Obama, originally because a favorite rapper (Ludacris?) supported him in a song. Now she has seen convincing proof that Obama is “better than the other one.” The main reason is that he is black and stands out from the boring succession of white men. She wants America to have a black president because it never has in its entire history. Obama will bring improvement in the US economy, now so afflicted and the conservatives were bad because they “always go to war.” Several leading pundants did note recently that opinions of pretty pedestrians in Beijing could tip the balance.