Commentary No. 245, Nov. 15, 2008
"Obama's Victory - Fear and Hope"
The whole of the United States and indeed the whole world was watching, and almost all of it was cheering, the election of as the next . Although, during the electoral campaign, everyone tried to play down the centrality of the racial issue, on Nov. 4 it seemed that no one could talk of anything else. There are three central questions about what most commentators are calling this "historic event": How important is it? What explains the victory? What is likely to happen now?
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