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Posted by on Jan 21, 2008 in Politics | 3 comments

Barack Obama: The Most American of Dreams

Try as I might, I can’t say anything about this extraordinary Hosanna to Obama from Germany’s Stern, that is any better than letting it speak for itself…

Welcome back, America! Welcome to the 21st Century, in which the President can have a black face, an Indonesian childhood and Hussein as his second name. Barack Obama is the American dream. Difficult to imagine that there would not be a happy ending for him.

The best stories often come from America, and there is seldom a more inspiring one as the one that is taking place in front of the world on these January-days of the New Year. Forty years after the death of Martin Luther King, a young black man from Hawaii, Indonesia and Chicago is making his almost inexorable way to the White House. There is not, even in this Hollywood-sculpted country, any better material, any bigger American Dream nor a more successful Happy Ending after eight painful years in the basement of the contemporary history.

Maybe the Germans know something we don’t: it may be the second coming…

He fulfills the simplest of all longings of a torn nation: To be good again.

Just go and read the rest here – thanks as always to Watching for the translation