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Obama on Our Minds: The Impact of Obama on the Psyche of America

Lori A. Barker


On November 4, 2008, Barack Hussein Obama became the first African American president of the United States. Everyone agrees this was an historic event; not everyone agrees as to its meaning. On that night and in the days and months that followed, everyone chimed in with an opinion—from seasoned politicians and television news commentators, to co-workers, neighbors, family members, and strangers on the street. Many were astonished at his meteoric rise to success and expressed strong emotional reactions—from joy and hope, to anger and resentment. With his success came many questions: How did he ... More

Keywords: Barack Obama, African American president, US presidents, political psychology, politics, racism, stereotyping, ethnic identity

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199390618
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199390618.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lori A. Barker, author
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

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I Obama and Key Concepts in Multicultural Psychology

3 Academic Success of Black Americans

Brian E. Armenta and Carey S. Ryan

4 Teaching for Change

Jeffery Scott Mio

6 The Obama Effect on Racial Attitudes

Curtis A. Thompson and Lori A. Barker

II Obama’s Impact on Diverse Populations

7 (Mixed) Race to the White House

Christine C. Iijima Hall

8 Race, Masculinity, and Gendered Racism

Christopher T. H. Liang, Carin Molenaar, and Shalena Heard

11 Has Change Come to America?

Andrea Aoun, Blake D. Daryaie, and Lori A. Barker

12 The Obama Marriage

Donna L. Franklin

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