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President Obama And Political Culture In The United States

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Barack Obama's victory in the 2008 United States (US) Presidential Election has special meaning for differing segments of the American social structure, for its dominant elite as well as for people around the world. Currently, people of African-American ancestry in the United States are a "minority," still perceived by some as too different or as inherently inferior. Despite his motto of change, Obama does not have a program to include the American working class in his administration. Obama's discourse appealed to change, yet the new White House has no plans to stop or mitigate the last thirty years of constant shrinking of the industrial work force in the United States. In July 2008, Obama put forth his five objectives in order to deal with the challenges facing the United States in its Asian wars, should he reach the White House.

Keywords: American social structure; Barack Obama; White House

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