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The American century is not over

Talk of decline is overstated, as Obama's second term will show

By Bill Emmott   201

Obama’s second term could see “America’s domestic difficulties become smaller and its economy stronger” (photo: Getty Images)

It took some chutzpah for Barack Obama to repeat in his victory speech one of Ronald Reagan’s favourite lines, that for America “the best is yet to come.” It took even more to reprise some of his own old lines about bipartisanship, about uniting rather than dividing, after such a bitter presidential election campaign in which he himself led the way in the use of negative, demonising tactics. Admittedly, he had beaten…

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