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Open and Shut: Barack Obama

Last November America elected its first black president. Canada, too, went to the polls that month. The difference for the two nations was remarkable: Americans had a clear choice between an indecisive, has-been who represented at best more of the same and a progressive, eloquent, African American, the first ever black presidential candidate. As Ibbitson remarks, “What were Canadians being offered? An overweight economist who couldn’t offer an honest smile to save his life, and a backpacking political scientist whose English made your ears bleed. Who elected these guys? Practically no one.”

About The Author
John Ibbitson is the Globe and Mail”s Washington columnist and correspondent, and the author of three earlier works of political analysis, including The Polite Revolution: Perfecting the Canadian Dream. His writing has been shortlisted for the Donner Prize, the Governor General”s Award, the National Newspaper Award, the Trillium Award, and the City of Toronto Book Award.

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