Wednesday, November 05, 2008

President Elect Obama 

From Obama's speech in Chicago tonight, after winning the Presidency:
And to all those who have wondered if America's beacon still burns as bright tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from our the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope.
Its a clear reference to America's role and position in the world. A clear dose of American Exceptionalism, a rejection of both realism and classical liberalism, and an embrace of a more liberal constructivism. Ruggie argues how the most important element of American Hegemony is its social purpose, those very ideals that shape institutional form and substance, the liberalism that forms the content of the order the US has built and led since 1945. Its the order that Obama now leads as President of the United States.

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