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Closing this community and opening another one

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in us_election2008!

Since this community was focused on the US presidential election this year and the election is over, we're going to officially retire this community.

But we're going to keep this idea going! Today we're opening a new community, global_view. Rather than be focused on a single event or a single country, the new community will be used for discussion of global events, and we hope to find opinions or viewpoints from LiveJournal users in many different parts of the world. All of the global news partners who participated in this community have enthusiastically become part of global_view. We want you, too! Please head on over and check it out!
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Is Obama already taking on a battle he can't win?

Make Hillary Secretary of State? Rescue the American car industry? Bail out the national banking system? Barack Obama may do all these things and more. But one thing he can't do: mess with college football.

Thus the shock waves when Obama, at the end of an otherwise uneventful debut interview as President-elect, suggested that college football might follow the example of every other major league and college sport in the US, and establish a series of playoffs between the top teams, to produce an agreed national champion.

The furore has yet to die down. "I don't know any serious fan of college football who disagrees with me on this," Obama told CBS 60 minutes. Well, he might start by reading the sports columnists who've been sputtering with outrage at the notion for the past week.

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Question: What's this all about? Is it important? Is it a distraction? Or is it just pre-inauguration banter that means nothing.

Can we dare to hope?

Michael McCarthy writes: Can you hear it, the great unlocking sound? It's the sound of the door swinging open at last after nearly eight long years of being bolted and barred, the door that leads to progress in the world's attempt to grapple with the biggest problem it has ever faced: global climate change.


Barack Obama's statement of intent about the coming year's negotiations to replace the Kyoto Protocol suddenly raises an electrifying possibility: the possibility of success.

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Every sign of change is pounced on, almost ravenously, as Obama gives signs of fulfilling hopes. But this is the easy bit. Do you think the idealism will sruvive the realities of office?

Back to the future

Rupert Cornwell writes:  At first glance it looks like the ‘Clinton restoration’ that Barack Obama’s victory had seemingly forestalled. In fact however, Mr Obama’s selection of many aides associated with the last Democratic president obeys a deeper logic – of ensuring his administration hits the ground running...

For Mr Obama however, the most salient point is not that they have ties with a former President with whom he still has a somewhat uneasy relationship. Far more important, they both know how Washington works.

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Do you welcome this return of a (new) old guard? Is this not quite the regime change you had in mind, or do you have fond memories of the Clinton administration and welcome the expertise the old gang might provide?

Obama's chance to end the fantasy that is Star Wars

Johann Hari writes of Obama's chance to end the Star Wars programme:

One of Obama's first choices will bewhether to bring to an end one of the strangest episodes in American political history.


This is the tale of how a man with Alzheimer's Disease came up with a physically impossible fantasy based on a B-movie he once starred in – and how the US spent $160bn trying to make it come true. These billions succeeded only in making some defence companies very rich, and making Russia point its nukes at Poland and the UK once more. And if Obama doesn't decide to close this long-running farce now, it will make one more contribution to world history: the number of Weapons of Mass Destruction in the world will dramatically increase.

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Will Obama take the opportunity to make a dramatic shift from the policies of his predecessors? Would it be the right thing to do or would he immediately draw criticisms over the state of US security?

The losers who hate to love Obama

Mark Steel is a little uneasy (he often is) about the sudden outbreak of peace in the US following the election.

Oh they've all changed now. Suddenly they all like Obama, so even Republican spokesmen are saying things like: "This great and truly memorable moment shows what a wonderful country we are.


"Sure, during the campaign we called him a sleazy Marxist terrorist dirty Muslim atheist thieving anti-American Arab anarchist lying cowardly darky, but let's not allow that to cloud this joyful, wonderful result."

Some of them almost slip-up and say, "Can I be the first to say how glad I am that this moment, which I've spent my entire life trying to prevent, has happened."

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Mark clearly can't forget the bitterness of the campaign. Can you?

We're still here!

We'll still be posting here until the inauguration - mainly to keep an eye on the realities of the handover and to see if there's a jarring thud as the euhporia of Obama's victory fades and he starts to make some decisions - which you may or may not like.

Are there already issues beginning to arise which may cause you a moment's unease?

Edit: For those of you who know your football (soccer if you must), does the theory that Obama can learn from Redknapp hold much water?