The Campaign No One Will Forget

Author
Charles E. Cook
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
The Washington Quarterly
Volume
32
Issue Number
2
Publication Date
Institution
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Abstract
It would seem to be impossible not to recognize the historical significance and symbolism that Barack Obama's election represents, regardless of whether someone supported Obama, John McCain, Hillary Clinton, or any of the other thirteen contenders for the presidency. Just 45 years after Dr. Martin Luther King's ''I Have a Dream'' speech and Birmingham Public Service Commissioner Bull Connor directed fire hoses to be aimed at civil rights demonstrators, an African-American was elected president of the United States. No matter how Obama fares as president, this is a remarkable milestone in U.S. history.
Political Geography
Africa, United States, America