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That Elephant In The Middle Of The Room

Change isn’t all that easy to come by, as Obama finds at home. Can the India trip provide another historic moment for him, and us?

That Elephant In The Middle Of The Room
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That Elephant In The Middle Of The Room
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Twenty-one months ago, a fresh-faced senator from Illinois caught the world’s imagination, riding a historic election victory to become the first black president of the United States of America. Barack Obama had then rocked America’s political firmament with his stirring oration and message of hope. His victory sent a frisson all the way from Kansas to Kenya. Expectations soared. Obama had, after all, promised change; a change we could believe in.

But ballooning expectations often engender disappointment. A week before he wings his way to India, Obama finds his Democratic Party facing defeat in November’s mid-term elections that could cost it control of the House of Representatives, perhaps even the Senate. Always a fighter, Obama has embarked on a last-minute hectic campaign to shore up the party’s fortunes.

Missing from his campaign, though, is that magical word, change. On the satirical fake news programme The Daily Show, Obama was asked this week by liberal host Jon Stewart about...

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