On no recent president have more hopes rested than upon Barack Obama. After eight years of war, partisanship, and economic strife Americans are desperate for a saviour. And so they and the media have taken an ambitious and talented politician from Chicago – a principled activist, an eloquent mind, a multiethnic persona promising racial transcendence, and a youthful figure that inspires a generation of Americans never before invested in political life – and created one. Barack Obama’s meteoric success represents not just ‘change we can believe in,’ but the belief that we can, indeed must, change.
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