Obama’s Victory a ‘Watershed’ in American History
What does the regime of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad think of Senator Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee who has suggested a willingness to sit down at the table with the widely reviled Iranian leader? This editorial from the Islamic Republic’s state-run Iran News Daily is as notable for what it doesn’t say as for what it does. According to the daily, which seems to carefully avoid the issue of talks, “Obama was the right candidate with the right message at the right time. In fact, his message and ‘dream candidacy’ has resonated with many around the world, including in the Islamic world and people in our own nation.”
JUNE 10, 2008
Islamic Republic of Iran – Iran News Daily – Original Article (English)
Senator Barak Obama’s clinching of the Democratic Party nomination for U.S. president is indeed a watershed moment for America.
If a few years ago, had one predicted that a biracial, multi-ethnic, multicultural candidate with a “weird” African name – who had a Black Kenyan immigrant father with a Muslim background and a middle name of “Hussein” – would be this close to the American presidency, most sensible people would have dismissed it as fantastical or even silly.
But here we are. A half Black-half White man (who by the way looks a lot more Black than White), born in Hawaii and partly raised in the most populous Islamic nation in the world (Indonesia), is on the brink of winning one of the most coveted and important jobs on the planet.
Senator Hillary Clinton, his main rival who finally conceded and endorsed Obama on Saturday, was the overwhelming favorite for her party’s nomination. As late as a few months ago, her victory was assumed a forgone conclusion.
So how on earth did this relatively-unknown newcomer and first-term senator accomplish the impossible?
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