Feeling the Spirit


A tour group at the Statue of Liberty

There was a moment in Barack Obama's speech in San Antonio on Tuesday night that encapsulated something important about this year's U.S. presidential primary season. On the night of the Iowa caucuses in January, Obama said, the grandfather of one of his young staffers had stayed up until 5 a.m., watching the returns. The man was 81 years old — and he was in Uganda.

He was not alone. In many U.S. election seasons, the rest of the world doesn't pay much attention to the strange hoopla until the two main candidates have emerged....

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