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Robert Reich: Obama is an inspiration

By Tom Chatfield  

Following the furore that Trevor Phillips’s piece on Barack Obama has provoked, we’ve now made available online a companion piece from the current issue by Robert Reich—US secretary of labour under President Bill Clinton—which argues that, although Obamania may not signal a significant shift to the left in American politics, it does indeed represent “a new political chapter” for the US. Obama, Reich argues, manages to be both a realist and an idealist, and in this he recalls JFK—who stood on a platform not of radical politics, but of a tireless projection of America’s founding principle that “above all, that…

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