Can Obama really remake America? - A special edition from Maclean's magazine

    TORONTO, Jan. 22 /CNW/ - It was a celebration for the ages. In a special
commemorative issue, Maclean's magazine captures the thrilling spectacle of
inauguration day through a special extended feature of words and pictures: the
ceremony, President Obama and his family, the powerful speech, the galas and
the gleeful throngs.
    Now that the ceremony is over, Maclean's Washington bureau chief Luiza
Ch. Savage, who attended the inauguration, asks, What will change for
Americans now that the country has its first African American president?
Despite continued racial gaps in terms of employment, imprisonment rates and
poverty, Savage finds that yes, a lot is changing. Black Americans report
feeling an unprecedented sense of belonging, hope and confidence. African
American mothers are delighted that their young sons have an unprecedented
role model.
    For a man who speaks often of the future and is expected to bring about
many changes, President Obama is not averse to learning from history. National
correspondent Jonathan Gatehouse explores the formidable challenges Obama
faces and what he can take from his study of Abraham Lincoln and other
American presidents.

    PLUS: White House Fashion

    Ever since they stepped out onto the national stage, everyone has been
scrutinizing what Barack and Michelle Obama are wearing. Who made it? How much
are they spending? As senior editor Lianne George reports, since day one,
American presidents and their wives have always walked the fine line of
dressing "for the people" without descending into "of the people" territory.

    This week's Maclean's is on newsstands Thurs., Jan. 22

    About Maclean's

    Maclean's is Canada's only national weekly current affairs magazine.
Maclean's enlightens, engages and entertains 2.8-million readers with strong
investigative reporting and exclusive stories from leading journalists in the
fields of international affairs, social issues, national politics, business
and culture. Visit

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