Obama fan­ning em­bers of hope

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ing out Wall Street were not enough to save the small com­mu­nity bank where she worked as an ex­ec­u­tive assistant. “All the money went to the big guys,” she said. Only re­cently had she no­ticed the tourism econ­omy in Las Ve­gas bounc­ing back.

She had hoped that the elec­tion of the first black pres­i­dent would ease racial ten­sions. In­stead, she said, it seemed as if Obama’s pres­i­dency had “brought out the racism that’s in the coun­try.”

Her 45 min­utes in the crowded gym­na­sium cheer­ing for Obama of­fered a respite from the oth­er­wise nasty elec­tion sea­son. Obama, his shirt sleeves rolled upand­his mood­buoy­ant, hit the high points of his pres­i­dency: 15 mil­lion new jobs, in­comes fi­nally ris­ing again, Osama bin Laden dead.

“We have made so much progress, de­spite the forces of op­po­si­tion and dis­crim­i­na­tion, and the politics of back­lash,” Obama said as he

JOHN LOCHER/AP

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama ar­rives at a rally re­cently in North Las Ve­gas, Nev., to boost Hil­lary Clin­ton’s cam­paign.

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