Bicycle Diaries: It's déjà vu

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It's déjà vu

...all over again

He ha[s] to touch the secret fears and ambivalent longings of the American heart, divine and speak to the desires of a swiftly changing nation — his message grounded on his own intuition of some vague and spreading desire for national renewal.

You might at first think this refers to Obama who promises to govern in poetry rather than prose. Hillary first alleged this during the New Hampshire Primaries. Actually it refers to JFK. It comes from the 1988 memoir of his speech writer, Richard Goodwin.

Kennedyesque déjà vu also stalks the possibility that an African-American may be our next president. This time though the issue focus on race and gender rather than faith as it did with Kennedy's Catholicism. Folks in the States, except for the rightest of the Extreme Right, are excited by the possibility that an old white guy won't win the election. Elsewhere some are less sanguine. The punchline of this Egyptian cartoon, Hillary and Obama - A Woman and a Negro are Participating in the Campaign for the American Presidency, is
This is another sign of the collapse of the Western civilization!

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