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The Obama PhenomenonToward a Multiracial Democracy$
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Charles P. Henry, Robert L. Allen, and Robert Chrisman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036453

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036453.001.0001

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Race, the Presidency, and Obama’s First Year

Race, the Presidency, and Obama’s First Year

(p.92) Five Race, the Presidency, and Obama’s First Year
The Obama Phenomenon

Dianne M. Pinderhughes

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines the presidential candidacy and early presidency of Barack Obama during 2008 and 2009. It looks at how candidate Obama managed race in the primary and general election campaigns, and then explores how President Obama has fared in handling race during the first one hundred days of his administration. First, it addresses race and gender in the primaries and the general elections and considers the factors that made his campaign successful. Secondly, it explores his transition, before turning to how he has shaped the presidential role and his accomplishments during his first year in office. Finally, it considers issues associated with President Obama's attention to his core domestic constituencies, specifically African American and Latino/a populations, and the challenges associated with racial policy.

Keywords:   Barack Obama, presidential candidacy, presidency, presidential campaign, racial policy, African Americans, Latinos, core constituency

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