In Counterpunch, Vijay Prashad on Obama and outsourcing:
Barack Obama promised to run a different campaign for the United States’ presidency. Defiantly inclusive, he wanted to avoid “negative” campaigning and to draw together this divided country around his positive image. Thrown into the national limelight after his remarkable speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2004, Obama became the standard-bearer for a new politics. “Do we participate in a politics of cynicism,” he asked, “or do we participate in a politics of hope?” Then, he let loose with a flourish, “I’m not talking about blind optimism here – the almost wilful ignorance that thinks unemployment will go away if we just don’t think about it, or the health care crisis will solve itself if we just ignore it. That’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about something more substantial. It’s the hope of slaves sitting around a fire singing freedom songs; the hope of immigrants setting out for distant shores… . Hope – hope in the face of difficulty. Hope in the face of uncertainty. The audacity of hope!” In keeping with his first name, Barack Obama was a breath of life in a political landscape torn between cynicism and ruthlessness.