Obama to tackle dashed hopes for bipartisan change

Presidential hopeful US Senator Barack Obama speaks to supporters 10 February 2007 at the Old State Capitol in Springfield, IllinoisBarack Obama on Wednesday returns to the Midwestern city where his White House journey began, to sell progress made in office and address one of the great failings of his presidency. Standing in frigid Springfield, Illinois in 2007, Obama told anyone listening that he was running for president. American voters, after years of divisions over Iraq, responded warmly to Obama’s bipartisan message by handing him the White House — and, ironically, a thumping partisan majority in Congress.

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