Obama-mania: the power of the Story and the power of Ideas

Review of the US 2008 election, examining how and why Obama-mania won over most Americans and the vast majority of citizens of the world. Obama promised only "change", without specifics, and was widely perceived as a 'messiah'. Beyond his exceptional intelligence, charisma, inter-racial appeal and fervent following, his annointment as 'chosen one' by Big Money was probably based on his image providing the most powerful facelift for the continuation of American imperialism, and the 'left cover' for imposition of draconian austerity measures required by the unprecedented American and global financial crises.

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