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President Obama

We should in the first place celebrate the extraordinary improbability and incredible beauty of Barack Hussein Obama's victory in the presidential elections of the United States. It required the worst financial crisis in a century, eight years of the most inept presidency in its history, two costly and ineffectual wars, and an opponent seemingly trapped in a time-warp, for the American public to finally accede to sending a black man to the White House. Even as the world celebrates Obama's victory, it should remember how more than 20 years ago another African-American - Jesse Jackson - ran twice for president and garnered substantial support for a progressive agenda that Obama has had to sacrifice on the altar of pragmatism.

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