Obama the Anti-Hegemon
Theater students Haini and Coco also like Obama. They comment that Obama is younger and seems to have more of a long-distance vision. Haimi, from Mao’s home province of Hunan, comments that with his fresh views, Obama can bring the US out of its current rut. She points out that even though America is very advanced, its current growth economically and otherwise is slow. A new type of president will bring new energy and all-important “change” like his famous slogan says. Obama is also a “nicer person who seems to love peace,” unlike Bush, and that is the face the US needs to present to the world. The world’s citizens now regard America as “hegemonic” and warlike, Haimi adds. Obama represents something different.