Pieter du Toit | 12 years after seeing Obama in Chicago, Trump has destroyed US vibrancy, optimism

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Barack Obama, his daughters Sasha and Malia and his wife Michelle on the stage on Hutchinson Field in Grant Park in Chicago. (Photo by Orjan F. Ellingvag/Dagbladet/Corbis via Getty Images)
Barack Obama, his daughters Sasha and Malia and his wife Michelle on the stage on Hutchinson Field in Grant Park in Chicago. (Photo by Orjan F. Ellingvag/Dagbladet/Corbis via Getty Images)

Almost exactly 12 years ago Pieter du Toit stood in Grant Park, in Chicago, on the shores of Lake Michigan when Barack Obama spoke in front of an estimated 800 000 people after winning the US presidential election against Republican John McCain. He writes there's nothing left of the optimism and vibrancy of those heady times.

Almost exactly 12 years ago I stood in Grant Park, in Chicago, on the shores of Lake Michigan when Barack Obama spoke in front of an estimated 800 000 people after winning the US presidential election against Republican John McCain.  

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