Leadership, Legitimacy, and Public Perceptions of Barack Obama

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Leadership is an individual character trait or skill associated with social movements in general. More specifically, however, the term is inextricably linked to American presidential politics, particularly American public opinion about presidential candidates and office holders. In fact, many argue that it is one, if not the, most important criteria Americans use to assess presidential fitness. In August 2004, Barack Obama’s political trajectory transitioned in the direction of his presidential aspirations. His speech on July 27, 2004 at the Democratic National Convention not only galvanized crowds of immediate and mediated spectators, but set the stage for and sparked discussion about the possibility for his run at the nation’s highest office.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWhose Black Politics?
Subtitle of host publicationCases in Post-Racial Black Leadership
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781135851088
ISBN (Print)9780415992152
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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