The weight of expectation that rests today on the frame of a 47-year-old senator with no real executive experience is too great for one man and, in all probability, too large for one term of office.
But if the stakes for Barack Obama are high, so too is the opportunity.
Jimmy Carter argued
it would take no more than 10 minutes
to change America's global image
the next president should promise not to torture another prisoner, not to attack another country unless America's security was directly threatened, to honour international agreements and do the right thing on climate change
America, welcome back into the world.