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2008-11-06 Obama Wins the Whitehouse
    2008-11-06 08:25:05     CRIENGLISH.com

 In 1968, a man by the name of George Wallace ran as a third-party candidate in the US Presidential election campaign on a platform to continue segregation, or separating African Americans and whites in daily life.  That year Wallace managed to win 5 states, the last time a non-Republican or Democrat has ever won Electoral College votes.  A mere 40 years later, a generation, the people of the United States have elected an African-American man to be their leader.  In a decisive victory over his Republican counterpart John McCain yesterday, Illinois Senator Barack Obama regained the keys to the Whitehouse for the Democrats after nearly 8 years of Republican rule by outgoing President George W. Bush.  Hailed by many as a man who can bring change, Obama is now poised to take over the leadership of a country mired in a financial crisis, along with two costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  So what can we expect from the 44th President of the United States when he's sworn into office this coming January? 

Ni hao, you're listening to   People In the Know, your window into the world around you, online at crienlish.com here on China Radio International.  In this edition of the show we'll be talking about the election of Barack Obama.  So let's get started.

(Music)

First we'll hear from an American expert in US politics.  Samuel L. Popkin is a Professor of Political Science at the University of California in San Diego.

(Dialogue with Popkin)

And after a short break, we'll hear from a pair of Chinese experts for their thoughts on yesterday's election.

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Ni hao, you're listening to   People In the Know, your window into the world around you, online at crienglish.com here on China Radio International.  I'm Paul James in Beijing.  In this edition of the program we're discussing yesterday's historic election of Barack Obama as the next President of the United States.  For more on this from the Chinese side of things let's first hear from Dr. Shen Dingli, Director of the Center for American Studies at Fudan University in Shanghai.

(Dialogue with Shen)

Now let's get another Chinese perspective on the US election.  Professor Jin Canrong is an Associate Dean with the School of International Studies at Renmin University. 

(Dialogue with Jin)

That's all the time we have for this edition of   People In the Know, online at crienglish.com here on China Radio International.  As the President-elect pointed out in his victory speech, though the campaign may be over, the real work will now have to begin for Barack Obama.  Questions or comments for us can be sent to people@cri.com.cn.  For Executive Director Zhao Yang and Producers Chen Mo and Xu Yang, I'm Paul James in Beijing.  Enjoy the day.

 
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