Back in 2004, in his maiden keynote address to the Democratic National Convention, the then candidate for US Senate for the state of Illinois Barack Obama said –

In the end, that’s what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?

Today, twelve years later, President Barack Obama would be hard pressed to come up with an optimistic response, if this question be put to him.

Twelve years ago, he also said –

There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America – there’s the United States of America

Today, that vision of unity seems to be an illusion.

Twelve years ago, he talked of ‘The Audacity of Hope’. He said –

We’ve been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope. But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.

Today, many Americans must feel pessimistic. And many in the world do too.

A transition to remember…

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