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Barack Obama: yes we can

Andrew Hardisty, acting chair of the Russian branch of Democrats Abroad, and Dmitry Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Centre.

Today we will talk about the greatest ceremony in the history of modern politics. Barack Obama made history on the 20th of January as the first Afro-American to be sworn in as US president. No modern US president has ever begun his term in office with as much public confidence – 78 per cent approval rating in the most recent Gallup poll – and a sharp contrast with outgoing President George W. Bush. We'll be talking about Obama-mania with Andrew Hardisty, who chairs Democrats Abroad, and Dmitry Trenin, of the Carnegie Moscow Centre...