Change has come to America (2008)

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Saturday, 4 November 2017

2008 -

“We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there.” Words spoken by Barack Obama, as part of his victory speech, today in 2008. The 44th president of the United States was a senator from Illinois, the son of a white mother from Kansas and a Kenyan father. The first black commander-in-chief.

Black and young people
Obama defeated John McCain, a senator from Arizona and a military war hero. The 47-year-old Democrat promised during campaign to get the United States out of the war in Iraq and establish better public health care. Experts believe he addressed, amongst others, lots of black people and young people that were not interested in elections before.

Historic moment
Obama’s election was historic, coming 143 years after the end of the Civil War and the abolition of slavery. In his victory speech he promised it would not just be an historic moment but also a new beginning: “It’s been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this date in this election at this defining moment, change has come to America.”

360 trivial fact
Obama is often praised for his presidential work, but is also cheered for his good looks. However, that wasn’t always the case. In college Barack (still called Barry) applied to appear in a black pin-up calendar. He was rejected by the all-female committee.


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