The Cosmopolitan Predicament   /   Fall 2009   /    From the Editor


The Editors

In 2008, then Senator Barack Obama made what must surely be an unprecedented declaration for someone with serious designs on the U.S. presidency. To a crowd of cheering Berliners, he announced: “I speak to you not as a candidate for president, but as a citizen, a proud citizen of the United States and a fellow citizen of the world ” (italics added). In this echo of President John F. Kennedy’s famous “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech, Barack Obama went beyond Cold War-inspired solidarity and proclaimed himself a cosmopolitan.

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