US elections: Obama's changed

Issue section: 

Gary Younge (Feature, Socialist Review, July/August 2008) is right to stress the historical importance of a black American running for the White House, and to emphasise the aspirations that the Obama camp has given voice to.

However, Younge is also right to point to the limitations of Obama's promises. Since his article was written, Obama has moved steadily away from the messages of change and "yes, we can!"

Obama has restated his commitment to Israel and has confirmed that he will "do whatever is necessary" to keep Iran in check. He also recently blamed absent black fathers for the suffering of their communities. Instead of attacking the racism entrenched in the US, he chose to blame its victims.

Nonetheless, the desperation for change in the US illustrates the potential for the movement Younge calls for.

Megan Trudell