White House

Hope and Change Again, If Only for a Moment

A flash of the optimistic young president of yore reminded us why we need the dreamers.

Remember this guy?

Photographer: Sara D. Davis/Getty Images

I’m tempted to say that every president has a moment when he breaks his arm patting himself on the back. With George W. Bush, it was, of course, the moment when he landed a plane on the deck of a carrier and spoke before a banner that proclaimed “Mission Accomplished”; for Barack Obama, it was probably the moment when he secured the Democratic nomination and it became clear that he was going to be the next president of the United States:

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