Obama’s tough fight
The most important event of the past week was the elevation of a black man to the world’s acclaim. We could be talking about Lewis Hamilton, the first black winner of the Formula 1 drivers’ championship. British patriots and racing fans can carry on rejoicing about Hamilton’s stunning success, but we are of course talking about the election of Barack Obama as US president.
Posted 10 November 2008
His personal achievement in being chosen as the first African-American to become president is truly impressive. The son of a Kenyan father and American mother, and rising to prominence only in the past two years, Obama is the epitome of the American dream.
Obama appears statesmanlike and promised “change has come to America” in his victory speech.
People beyond US borders hope that drive for change will apply to US foreign policy, too. The enthusiastic response to Obama’s win in other countries suggests many think he is the man to improve the world, not just the US.
The job facing Obama, though, is possibly the most daunting for any incoming US president since Franklin D Roosevelt took over during the 1930s depression. Obama has inherited ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a financial crisis, and an economic slowdown that will hurt many of his voters.
Getting to the White House was just a taster of the difficulties that face Barack Obama now he has become president.
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