The occasion of the first black US president ranks up there with the first man on the moon as momentous event that will go down in history. It represents more than just a wonderful symbol, but unfortunately I can't help but wish that was all it was.
In Obama, we have an avowed economic protectionist and a foreign policy prevaricator. There will be sops to the left, but having experienced Blair 1997 or Clinton 1992 it feels like we've been here before. I expect Obama's first term to be strong on right-wing rhetoric with a determination to hold the centre ground. Obama's campaign for 2012 starts here.
This will no doubt fall on deaf ears, but is there any chance we can get back to sorting out the UK now?