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Letter published in the Financial Times on 27 February:

From Mr Stanley Crossick.

Sir, Gideon Rachman’s denunciation of Barack Obama’s rhetoric (“Obama and the art of empty rhetoric”, February 26) misses the point. Barack Obama is appealing to voters who wish: first, to return to the traditional American land of hope from the present environment of fear; second, to see a change from the traditional style of Washingon-dominated politics; and third, to hold their heads up high as Americans when they travel abroad.

Mr Obama appears to offer all three possibilities.

Voters do not necessarily want to hear detailed policy debates, with positions taken frequently substantially influenced by voting considerations, and which may not be implemented later.

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