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Barack Obama – just too much change for America?

Barack Obama – just too much change for America?

In 2008, as America faces an economic downturn and recession with military forces overseas, America seems to have two choices. To stick with the current administration that’s now governing over the recession, or go for an unusual candidate promising radical change, including a withdrawal of military forces.

In 1983, as Britain faced an economic downturn and recession with military forces overseas, Britain had two choices. To stick with the then-administration (Margaret Thatcher) that was governing over the recession, or go for an unusual candidate promising radical change, including a withdrawal of nuclear military forces. Britain voted overwhelmingly for the then-current administration.

There are – obviously – huge differences between the two situations, not least of which that Michael Foot was as old as John McCain at the time, and Margaret Thatcher was as significant as Barack Obama in terms of unusual background for a political leader.

Or there’s this comparison:

In 2008, in an environment where there was a perceived need for change, Barack Obama, the leading opposition candidate for the forthcoming election took to the stage in a huge sports arena, preceded by a rally with performances from key celebrities and music artists. The speech had huge media coverage.

In 1992 Britain, in an environment where there was a perceived need for change, Neil Kinnock, the leading opposition candidate for the forthcoming election took to the stage in a huge sports arena, preceded by a rally with performances from key celebrities and music artists. The speech had huge media coverage. Labour went on to lose an election many commentators had thought they would win.

I just cannot see an electorate that voted for Dubya twice in 2000 and 2004 voting for a black man, no matter how charismatic and invigorating he is. Plus, even I have to cut’n’paste his name from a news article to get the spelling right, lest I confuse him with another infamous character with a similar name Or am I underestimating the American public from 6000 miles away? Who knows…

1 Comment

  • You underestimate the American public. Since you wrote this, we have elected Barack Obama. His charisma and talk of "change" was too much. The media went way too easy on him and the result is he will be our next President. I don't envy him..he has ridiculous expectations. If he is successful, he is a hero. if not, the same people that voted for him will be whining that he is not doing enough for them. That, in a nutshell is the American way.

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