The euphoria of election night 2008 was extraordinary. Confronting economic crisis and engagement in two foreign wars, the American electorate had chosen a new political direction, electing the first black president along the way. An intelligent, relatively young president-elect, blessed with a phenomenal gift for rhetoric, offered the people ‘hope’ and ‘change’ for the future. Particularly, he emphasized his willingness to stand above the petty squabbles of party politics, offering instead a commitment to a post-partisan presidency.
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