OBAMA

Racial Barrier Falls as Voters Embrace Call for Change

“Barack Hussein Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States…”

Obama 2008

“Mr. Obama’s election amounted to a national catharsis — a repudiation of a historically unpopular Republican president and his economic and foreign policies, and an embrace of Mr. Obama’s call for a change in the direction and the tone of the country. But it was just as much a strikingly symbolic moment in the evolution of the nation’s fraught racial history, a breakthrough that would have seemed unthinkable just two years ago.”

“To the very end, Mr. McCain’s campaign was eclipsed by an opponent who was nothing short of a phenomenon, drawing huge crowds epitomized by the tens of thousands of people who turned out to hear Mr. Obama’s victory speech in Grant Park in Chicago.”

“The election ended what by any definition was one of the most remarkable contests in American political history, drawing what was by every appearance unparalleled public interest.”

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