The Politics of Hop2

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The Politics of Hope OBAMA: THE FIRST YEAR Obama was inaugurated president of the United States on January 20, 2009, in an  atmosphere of hope and high expectations. In his inaugural address, he declared: “The  time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry  forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the  God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue  their full measure of happiness.” He proclaimed an agenda of “remaking America” by  reviving and transforming the economy in ways that would provide better and less- expensive health care for all, foster environmentally friendly energy, and develop an  educational system better suited to the needs of a new century.
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Unformatted text preview: Speaking to the international community, he pledged U.S. cooperation in facing the problem of global warming. He also delivered a general message of international engagement based on compassion for poorer, developing countries and respect for other cultures. To Muslims around the world he said, We seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. The speech revealed the wide scope of Obamas aspirations. His rhetoric and his strong personal presence won wide approval so much so that in October, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his goals. But, as always in the complex system of American representative government, it was easier to state large ambitions than to realize them....
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