Magazine article The New Yorker

2005-2015

Magazine article The New Yorker

2005-2015

Article excerpt

2005-2015

History and a historic Presidency.

The push and pull, the advance and retrenchment, of history is not unique to any era, but it is plainly central to this one. The election of Barack Obama, the first African-American President, came while a significant portion of the electorate believed him to be lying about his origins, his politics, and his religion--a phenomenon captured in Barry Blitt's notorious preelection "fist bump" cover, in 2008. The promise of 1989-91 has stalled, for now, in the authoritarian regimes in Moscow and Beijing. The Arab Spring has ended with a military- backed regime in Cairo, civil war in Syria, and a fanatical would- be caliphate under the banner of ISIS. At home, the empowerment, and marriage rights, of gay men and lesbians coexists with the lingering legacy of racial tension. The awareness of nearly all the world's leaders of the imminence of devastating climate change has roused almost none of them to effective action. …

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