Obama a point of ref­er­ence

Jamaica Gleaner - - UNITED STATES ELECTIONS 2016 -

ITAL­IAN PREMIER Mat­teo Renzi is of­fer­ing an elec­tion day swan­song hon­our to Barack Obama, say­ing the first black Amer­i­can pres­i­dent “wrote an in­deli­ble page of his­tory” that should in­spire gen­er­a­tions to come.

Renzi pointed to US job cre­ation, in­vest­ment in en­ergy and health care as some of Obama’s do­mes­tic vic­to­ries. Renzi cited the Cuba de­tente and the Iran nu­clear deal as in­ter­na­tional achieve­ments for the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Renzi writes in his weekly e-news­let­ter that “Obama was a point of ref­er­ence for those who still be­lieve in the Amer­i­can dream, for those who be­lieve in the Demo­cratic Party, for those who be­lieve in pol­i­tics”.

Renzi is the leader of Italy’s Demo­cratic Party and has said he hopes Hil­lary Clin­ton wins.

Renzi writes that Obama will con­tinue “to be a source of in­spi­ra­tion and en­counter for the new gen­er­a­tion”.

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