Yes, it does seem extraordinary. When history is made in front of a global audience, all you can do is sit back for a moment & savour it. By far the most affecting image was that of Jesse Jackson in the Chicago crowd.
The BBC's coverage was exemplary, save for the amiable bumbling of David Dimbleby. Christopher Hitchens was in particularly excoriating form on the Republicans, although the double act of Simon Schama & John Bolton was memorable; Schama's quote about McCain being the bull & Obama being the matador should be YouTubed.
Meanwhile, the local media have dug up the most tenuous of links between Obama & Liverpool (http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpool-news/local-news/2008/11/05/barack-obama-s-road-to-presidency-started-in-liverpool-100252-22188110/ ).
Far more germane to Obama's seismic achievement is the Slave Trade which transformed & enriched the Port of Liverpool beyond all recognition.
Timing is crucial in political engagement, & the arrival of Jesse Jackson at Edge Hill University, near Ormskirk, next month couldn't be more apposite (http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/liverpool-news/regional-news/2008/11/04/jesse-jackson-to-deliver-edge-hill-lecture-64375-22176211/ ).
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