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'IN TRIUMPH, A ROMAN COMMANDER WAS ACCOMPANIED IN HIS

CHARIOT BY A SERVANT WHO REMINDED HIM OF HIS MORTALITY

BY WHISPERING, 'LOOK BEHIND YOU! YOU ARE BUT A MAN!'

 

 

Le Figaro, France

Some Reasons for Obama's Popularity; McCain's Only Chance

 

"Obama symbolizes the spectacular rehabilitation of the American left, for which he defends all the important ideas: pacifism, protectionism, anti-militarism, increasing taxes and greater solidarity based on much greater [financial] redistribution. All of this was acquired notably through the particular charm of his personality, and something that is even more unusual in the Afro-American community: the lack of any tangible racially-based resentment."

 

Chronicle of Alexandre Adler

 

Translated By Sandrine Ageorges

 

August 8, 2008

 

France - French - Original Article (French)

Is Barack Obama unbeatable, given his gifts, the economic crisis and what is percieved to be a failed Republican Administration?

 

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Sometimes the fortunes of how a page is laid are symbolic: today, with a little more than two pages at my disposal, I will take the opportunity to quickly expedite the problem of Barack Obama. It is indeed beyond all discussion that Barack Obama has revolutionized the presidential competition, and even deeply, the entirety of U.S. politics. He symbolizes both the dramatic promotion of Black elites (three CEOs of the largest corporations, a chief of the Army and the current secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice), but also the no-less spectacular rehabilitation of the American left, for which he defends all the important ideas: pacifism, protectionism, anti-militarism, increasing taxes and greater solidarity based on much greater [financial] redistribution. All of this was acquired notably through the particular charm of his personality, which is eloquent and brilliant, but something that is even more unusual in the Afro-American community: the lack of any tangible racially-based resentment.

 

That the United States must one day elect an Afro-American president (male or female) is inevitable. Just as it is inevitable that the generation of children of humiliated communists and progressives, who are today rich and in power, would be tempted to inflict a spectacular defeat on the American right, which remains arrogant without having done quite as well as its children. Barack Obama has managed to combine these two movements inherent in American society.

 

It isn't only the talent of the candidate that explains such alchemy. As for Kennedy in 1960 when the anti-Catholic roadblock blocked the emergence of the post-war generation, here the roadblock of anti-Blacks and anti-left are giving way under the weight of a massive rejection of the Reagan revolution.

 

Reagan assured the United States a spectacular economic recovery, but nevertheless, paid for it with social inequalities that little-by-little have surpassed by way of inconvenience the advantages brought by free markets.

 

More and more Americans, particularly baby-boomers, feel increasing resentment over the absence of universal health coverage. Overwhelmingly, employees of industry and services have seen their income stagnate since 2002. The subprime crisis is only the fourth occurrence of the explosion of a speculative bubble.

 

ELECTION FUN: A BRIEF HISTORY OF 2008 CAMPAIGN

 

Such a bubble is entirely in keeping with a mode of development based on easy financial facilities that end up producing an irrational allocation of resources, just as inflation has in the past, badly frustrating the lower middle-class which has been directly effected by the collapse of the real estate sector.

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On top of this, one must add the sometimes incredible stagnation of all public facilities in a country where the pressure for lower taxes has kept railroads, airports and sometimes roads at the technological level of the 1970s. It was at New Orleans in 2005 that the bankruptcy of the American state in the face of both a predictable and addressable natural disaster which proved to a majority of Americans that government intervention, in the manner of Franklin Roosevelt, is sometimes necessary.

 

Finally, if we add the fact that the economic and financial crisis will reach its peak around October, just a few days before the presidential election, one gets a better understanding of Obamas lead over his Republican rival, John McCain.

 

A single element could disrupt this triumphant march, which fits in perfectly with classic American "messianism": the undeniable victory at the finish line of George Bush in Iraq, which should be combined with tough negotiations with Iran. This isn't the conception of the world developed by Obama, Hollywood and American academia. This is the only point where the Republican candidate McCain has a genuine comparative advantage.

 

SEE ALSO FROM THIS AUTHOR:

 

Le Figaro, France

The 'Good Points' of George W. Bush

http://worldmeets.us/lefigaro0000227.shtml

 

Le Figaro, France

What Barack Obama Owes George W. Bush

http://worldmeets.us/lefigaro0000215.shtml

 

Le Figaro, France

The Middle East's 'Ominous Mechanism' Kicks In ...

http://worldmeets.us/lefigaro0000213.shtml

 

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Rceczpospolita, Poland

Banish All 'Magical Thinking' Regarding the Russian Bear

http://worldmeets.us/rzeczpospolita000005.shtml

 

Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland

'Enormous Error' of President Bush's 'Georgian Protege'

http://worldmeets.us/gazetawyborcza000018.shtml

 

Cotidianul, Romania

Georgia Can 'Kiss NATO Goodbye'

http://worldmeets.us/cotidianul000002.shtml

 

Financial Times Deutschland, Germany

Before Georgia - Its Europe that Needs Mediation

http://worldmeets.us/financialtimesdeutschland000064.shtml

 

Frankfurter Rundschau, Germany

Georgia: The Proxy War that Could Go Global

http://worldmeets.us/frankfurterrundschau000032.shtml

 

Rue 89, France

East Europe Best Not Depend on 'Obsolete' NATO

http://worldmeets.us/rue89000015.shtml

 

Liberation, France

The Russian President 'Dictates His Peace' to Hapless Europe

http://worldmeets.us/liberation000115.shtml

 

Le Figaro, France

In South Ossetia, 'Kosovo Backfires'

http://worldmeets.us/lefigaro0000231.shtml

 

Le Figaro, France

Between America and Russia, the E.U. is On the Front Line

http://worldmeets.us/lefigaro0000229.shtml

 

Le Figaro, France

War in the Caucasus: Georgia 'Doesnt Stand a Chance'

http://worldmeets.us/lefigaro0000228.shtml

 

Kommersant, Russia

The Kremlin Offers 'an Ultimatum' to America

http://worldmeets.us/kommersant000038.shtml

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Posted by WORLDMEETS.US August 12, 6:45pm]