In a neck-and-neck race for the Democratic Party’s nomination in the run-up to the United States’ presidential election, the young senator from Idaho, Barack Obama, has reached the goal post ahead of his prestigious rival, Hillary Clinton. Clinton, while still hoping possibly for a late turn-around, has in effect admitted defeat and Obama will have to decide whether or not to invite her to be his choice for vice-president.
The real battle will now be waged between John McCain, the Republican candidate, and Obama. Policy issues will be more thoroughly addressed. While President George W. Bush has been largely discredited by the American electorate, this does not mean that his party is also on the wane. Obama’s freshness of approach and vision for change, which some have compared with the young John F. Kennedy, will be to his advantage. If elected, he will be the first black president of the United States and, given his family roots in Kenya, the consequences for Africa can only be positive.