Barack Obama and the Deepening of Democracy

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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