It’s November 2008. A young Pakistani Muslim is watching television and sees that this man—Barack Hussein Obama—is the new face of America. In one simple image, America’s soft power has been ratcheted up not a notch, but a logarithm. A brown-skinned man whose father was an African, who grew up in Indonesia and Hawaii, who attended a majority-Muslim school as a boy, is now the alleged enemy. If you wanted the crudest but most effective weapon against the demonization of America that fuels Islamist ideology, Obama’s face gets close. It proves them wrong about what America is in ways no words can.
A President Obama (heh I accidentally typed President Osama at first) would be a powerful symbol against the hatred of the US in many countries. The”Great Satan” would be harder to demonise by the radical Islamists. It’s not reason enough to vote for him by itself, but it is a powerful factor.