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Wednesday, 11 January 2017 19:20

A farewell, an introduction and two vastly different Americas

Written by  Greg Jaffe

In the span of 15 hours, standing separately in the cities that have come to define them, President Obama and his soon-to-be successor spoke to the historic, clashing movements each has inspired and continues to lead.

One era in America’s long political history was ending, and another very different one was just getting started.

Obama returned in his Tuesday night speech to the struggling South Side of Chicago, where he once worked as a community organizer “in the shadows of closed steel mills.”

“It was on these streets where I witnessed the power of faith,” he said, “and the quiet dignity of working people in the face of struggle and loss.”

President-elect Donald Trump appeared Wednesday morning in the pink-marbled lobby of his Manhattan skyscraper, standing next to a table stacked high with file folders representing dozens of business deals and assets worth a fortune. He rattled off the boldfaced names of billionaires and touted “fantastic” and “brilliant” Cabinet selections that would fix a nation that had lost its way.

These two fiercely competitive, confident and combative men were each defining what’s wrong with America and how to fix it. Obama, whose party was thrashed in the election, called for a great movement fueled by a sense of common purpose — “the imperative to strive together .

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