The Promise: President Obama

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When Barack Obama stood before a cheering crowd in his home state Illinois and announced his candidacy, no believed that this guy had any chance of winning the nomination. Majority of Americans did not believe that the country was actually ready for an African-American president with a promise of changing the course of politics in Washington. However, on November 4, 2008, for the first time, the citizens of the United States elected an African-American president with a name Barack Hussein Obama. It proved to be one of the most fascinating presidential elections in American history. The power of democracy once again proved to be the only thing necessary for the triumph of a person. And his inauguration on January 20, 2009, inspired not only the people of this great nation, but also the people all around the world. His election brought back the unity people were looking for in the middle of worst economic crisis since Great Depression. American people believed that at the time Barack Obama was the right person for this job. It would be fair to say that Barack Obama gave them every reason to elect him the president of the Unites States. It was his leadership style and his great ability to communicate with the voters during the campaign that made him the president of the United States. However, after the midterm elections a number of politicians including president Obama himself blamed the downfall on not being able to communicate effectively enough with American people. Of course, one could also argue that it was actually president Obama’s political agenda the voters rejected during the midterm elections. Some politicians even called the elections referendum on president Obama. Obama himself never thought that the people would bla...

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...idents to nominate the right person for the right job, but it should be done without the fear of politics in mind. In president Obama’s case, “vetting [process] became the most irritating headache of [his] first year” (Alter 121). What president Obama did not take seriously was the importance of selecting the right person in the middle of the worst economical crisis since Great depression. Even though he was able to nominate quite experienced people, the fear of “political humiliation” made “many of the president’s choices, once so eager to go to Washington felt more like public enemies than potential public servants” (Alter 121). He wasn’t able to put the politics aside and nominate the person he wanted to get in the first place. In some aspects of politics, where everyone thought President Obama would show his toughness, instead he ended up showing his weakness.

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