Barack Obama's America by Carl G. Pedersen

By Carl G. Pedersen

Even more than a standard biography, this publication follows the increase of Barack Obama and the evolution of his imaginative and prescient as a reaction to America's profound social and political advancements and the capability transformation of its international coverage within the post-Bush period. Carl Pedersen asks even if the post-racial and post-partisan usa that Obama envisions is feasible, and no matter if his political philosophy will functionality as a catalyst for such swap. He additionally exams the proposal that geopolitical realities might strength Obama to regulate to a much less dominant position for the USA in global politics.

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Republican presidential candidate Tom Tancredo, Republican House member from Colorado, ran a virtually one-issue campaign on his staunch opposition to further immigration from Mexico. His campaign was evidence of a split in the Republican Party. John McCain had, along with the liberal Senator Edward Kennedy, proposed an immigration bill that would provide a path to citizenship for the approximately 12 million undocumented immigrants living in the US. President Bush supported a path to citizenship, as did many businesses and influential 38 Identities newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal.

W. Griffith’s epic of the antebellum, the Civil War and Reconstruction eras, premiered in cinemas across the US. The timing of the film was poignant. It coincided with the fiftieth anniversary of the surrender of the South at a courthouse in Appomattox, Virginia. The film, however, was bent on turning military defeat into social and cultural victory. The onerous establishment of black rule in the South depicted in the film had turned the orderly Southern world upside down. It was payback time for the former slaves.

16 As a counterpoint to the rumours that he was a Muslim, Obama announced shortly after the election that he would use his full name – Barack Hussein Obama – at his inauguration. Even though he made it clear that he did not intend to ‘make a statement’ and was merely following custom, if not protocol – Ronald Reagan chose not to use his middle name of Wilson when he was inaugurated – the inclusion of his middle name, seen in the context of how the right was using it to link him to Islam, sent a signal of outreach and reconciliation.

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