As day dawns on this important day in the U.S. election process, when important primary votes in Ohio and Texas will shape the course of the presidential election, I thought I’d post something Barack Obama said some weeks back (this comes from the New York Times and was forwarded to me by Liz Steffey):

“I think,” he said, in that deep and measured voice of his, “that if you can tell people, ‘We have a president in the White House who still has a grandmother living in a hut on the shores of Lake Victoria and has a sister who’s half-Indonesian, married to a Chinese-Canadian,’ then they’re going to think that he may have a better sense of what’s going on in our lives and in our country. And they’d be right.”

Of course for the coeditor and publisher of Global Perspectives on the United States, this sounds wonderfully refreshing. Here’s a little from another enthusiastic review of our set, from Choice magazine:

“Contributors…offer insights on the impact of American values and culture on other societies and how these values affect the U’s ability to respond to changing international conditions. A valuable resource for analysts looking for background information; upper-level undergraduate and beginning graduate students looking for issues on which to conduct research; and general users trying to understand the US’S place in the world.”

“The entire set is designed to make the US‘s complex relationship with the rest of the world more comprehensible to scho9lar and general readers alike.”