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“We’re not as cynical as the pundits believe,” proclaimed President Obama last Wednesday. “We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions”. When it comes to post-election oratory, few can match the 44th President. Hoarse, even broken-voiced, after months of campaigning and the final desperate push, the most powerful person on earth basked in the adoration of supporters in Chicago, as they reveled in his re-election.

As the crowd’s roar hit fever pitch, Obama’s rhetoric soared, his final sound-bite fitting snugly into TV news bulletins across the globe, precisely as was intended. “We remain more than a collection of red states and blue states,” the re-confirmed President thundered. “We are, and forever will be, the United States of America”.
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