Election 2008

Original NAM and ethnic media coverage of the 2008 Presidential Election.
For NAM's coverage of the 2008 Democratic National Convention, go to the 2008 DNC Coverage page ».

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Pepsi Chief for Commerce Secretary?

India West, News Report, Sunita Sohrabji, Jan 20, 2009

The U.S. India Political Action Committee says Indra Nooyi, the CEO of PepsiCo is on the shortlist for Obama's commerce secretary after the withdrawal of Bill Richardson.

This Man Is God-sent, Says 83-Year-Old Civil Rights Vet

New America Media, Commentary, Betty Shavers, as told to Teresa Moore, Jan 19, 2009

As a black woman who lived through the civil rights struggle in Danville, Va. -- a former tobacco and cotton town best known as the “Last Capitol of the Confederacy” -- 83-year-old Betty Shavers never imagined she’d see an African American elected president of the United States.

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Is Europe Ready for a Black or Immigrant Leader of Their Own?

New America Media, Commentary, Tunde Adefioye, Jan 14, 2009

European citizens -- from Sweden to Belgium to the UK -- exuberantly back President-elect Barack Obama, yet it is extremely difficult for immigrants and other minorities to participate at high levels within the governments of these same countries.

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Did Racial Exceptionalism Elect Barack Obama?

New America Media, Video, Ideas: Earl Ofari Hutchinson // Video: Michael Siv, Jan 13, 2009

With just seven days to go before Barack Obama becomes the first black president of the United States, political commentator Earl Ofari Hutchinson discusses what implications this presidency could have on young black men.

Debunking the Myth that Latinos Elected Obama

New America Media, Commentary, Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Jan 07, 2009

The notion that Latino voters tipped the victory scale for Obama is a self-serving myth, writes the commentator. If any group deserved bragging rights for the Obama win, he argues, it is black voters.

Advertisers Prepare for Black History Month Celebration

The Washington Informer, News Report, Ron Burke, Jan 07, 2009

Barack Obama's January inauguration has a lot of people excited about the biggest moment in black history. Conveniently, his inauguration will be held on Jan. 20 - just 11 days before Black History Month begins.

Richardson's Withdrawal: Loss of an Important Spokesman

La Opinión, Editorial, Staff, Jan 06, 2009

An editorial in Spanish-language daily La Opinión calls Richardson's withdrawal from the nomination of Commerce Secretary a tough blow for Hispanics.

Homi Patel

Obama's Inaugural Tuxedo's Indian Connection

India West, News Report, Sunita Sohrabji, Dec 26, 2008

A Chicago-based company with an India-born CEO has outfitted presidents on both sides of the aisle. Now it's Barack Obama's turn.

"Pareng Barack": Filipinos in Obama's America

Inquirer.net, News Report, Ma. Ceres P. Doyo/Philippine Daily Inquirer, Dec 25, 2008

Filipino journalist and author Benjamin Pimentel writes about Obama's incredible march to the presidency, and how Filipino Americans responded to his victory.

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Why Obama is African American, Not Biracial

New America Media, Commentary, Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Dec 18, 2008

Despite his occasional references to his white mother and grandmother, Obama has never seen himself as anything other than African American. Yet, the sideshow debate still rages over whether he is the black president or the biracial president.

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