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Obama's a man, not a magician.

Byline: denise robertson

LONG before Barack Obama began his campaign for the presidency I named him in this column as someone to watch.

Time has proved me right but as he takes office I feel anxious. He comes to the presidency burdened by expectation and at a time more troubled than most incoming presidents have had to face.

As the BBC was relaying details of the inauguration they were also relaying headlines of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon's horror at what he was seeing in Gaza. Obama must try to bring peace to that area as well as in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In addition, the whole world is waiting for him to transform the US economy, restore world confidence, energise the markets and make everything hunky-dory worldwide.

He may be exceptional but he is a man and not a magician.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 27, 2009
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