Before Eckels leaves with his safari guides to shoot a dinosaur from the prehistoric past, he says,
If the election had gone badly yesterday, I might be here now running away from the results. Thank God Keith won.
Eckels is so pleased with the newly-elected president of the United States, as is the man behind the desk. He feels that they're all very lucky, saying,
If Deutscher had gotten in, we'd have the worst kind of dictatorship. There's an anti everything man for you, a militarist, anti-Christ, anti-human, anti-intellectual.
He even says that lots of people have called them, asking if they could go back to 1492 if Deutscher did win. The sign above the desk reads,
TIME SAFARI, INC.
SAFARIS TO ANY YEAR IN THE PAST.
YOU NAME THE ANIMAL.
WE TAKE YOU THERE.
YOU SHOOT IT.
While the men are in the past, Travis realizes that Eckels has left the path, and he panics, shouting, "Who knows what he's done to Time, to History!" When they return, Eckels has a vague sense that the outside world looks and feels incredibly different now, and "the immediate thing" he notices is the sign on the wall, which now reads,
TYME SEFARI INC.
SEFARIS TU ANY YEER EN THE PAST.
YU NAIM THE ANIMALL.
WEE TAEK YU THAIR.
YU SHOOT ITT.
It becomes eerily clear that something has dramatically changed the course of human history, and this is when Eckels notices the butterfly he stepped on in the past. Not only have our language conventions changed, but the man behind the desk is now pleased that it is Deutscher who won the election rather than "that fool weakling Keith. We got an iron man now, a man with guts!"
Thus, even our human values and attitudes have changed completely. A monster was democratically elected by what must have been a majority of the population. It must be a new, hard world outside.