The Right President Returns

Race relations survived Obama's first term, and his call for unity on Jan. 21 will help them thrive.

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I personally believe that such unifying messages are particularly effective during this period of high social anxiety as the nation struggles to recover from one of the worst economic crises in our history. In terms of racial and ethnic relations, Barack Obama is the right president during these hard economic times because social tensions are indeed high.

William Julius Wilson is the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University.

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