For 220 years, Americans have elected only white male Christians with no hint of ethnicity to the White House, and no one knows yet whether we are ready to break the chain now, reports Newsweek. As part of the cover package, "The Race is On," Senior Editor and Columnist Jonathan Alter explore whether America is ready for a historic first in the White House in 2008: the first woman president or the first black president - New York Senator Hillary Clinton or Illinois Senator Barack Obama. "He [Obama] reminds me in many ways of Kennedy in 1960. The pundits said he was Catholic and too young and inexperienced and wasn't a member of the party's inner circle. They forgot that the nomination wasn't decided in Washington but out in the field," Theodore Sorensen, John F. Kennedy's adviser and speechwriter, tells Newsweek in the December 25, 2006 - January 1, 2007 issue (on newsstands Monday, December 18).
For this Newsweek Poll, Princeton Survey Research Associates International interviewed 1,000 adults aged 18 and older on December 6-7, 2006. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.
(Read entire cover package at www.Newsweek.com.)
Barack Obama Interview: 'The Challenges We Face' here.
What We Learned the Hard Way here (Geraldine Ferraro and the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson interviews).
Monday, December 18, 2006
NEWSWEEK COVER: "The Race is On"