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HopeOverFear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-12-09 11:13 AM
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Obama tops UK Times 50 People of the Decade
1. BARACK OBAMA First black President of the United States


In 1963, Democrat George Wallace was sworn in as Governor of Alabama. He proclaimed his devotion to racial segregation, standing on the spot where, a century earlier, Jefferson Davis had been sworn in as President of the Confederate States of America. In 2008, Alabama Democrats supported an African-American as the next President of the United States.

That is one measure of Barack Obamas achievement as the first man of his race to occupy the White House, a building partly constructed by slaves. But there is more. The President overturned two other laws of American politics. The first was that a liberal Northern Senator could not triumph. Obamas stillness, his coolness, his personal magnetism dispelled fears. It made him seem a moderate, and made attacks on his liberalism appear to be scaremongering.

The second was the hegemony of the Clintons. With an almost impossibly skilled campaign, very much driven by him, Obama harnessed the enthusiasm of youth against the Clinton machine. Alongside his brilliant handling of the race issue, his use of social media will for ever change US campaigns.

Obamas victory was, therefore, both extraordinary and transformative, changing assumptions about American culture and politics. He may not prove to be the man of the next decade. He was certainly the man of this one. Daniel Finkelstein


The rest of the list is here -----> http://women.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/women...
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mcablue Donating Member (625 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-12-09 11:30 AM
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1. #2, American Idol judge Simon Cowell
Edited on Sat Dec-12-09 11:44 AM by mcablue
What an odd list. George W. Bush #11.
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HopeOverFear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-12-09 11:34 AM
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2. Bin laden is #13 I think
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