"The primaries showed that the U.S. is actually the nation we had believed it to be, a place that is open-minded enough to have a woman or an African American as its president," - Minoru Morita, a Tokyo political analyst.
The excitement the Democratic race has provoked abroad and the genuine enthusiasm the Obama candidacy generates in the developing world can only be a good sign for restoring some of the soft power squandered by the Bush administration. That was my hope last fall. So far, so good.
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