Between Barack and a Hard Place
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Between Barack and a Hard Place

Barack Obama may be on his way to the White House, already appointing key staff members and promising a presidential puppy to his kids. Provincial cabinet ministers may be predicting that an Obama presidency will be good for Ontario’s economy. All may suddenly seem righter and brighter with the world now that John McCain has made his concession speech, Sarah—”It’s not my fault he lost”—Palin has gone home to Alaska, and George Bush is finally on the skids.
But Washington’s bunker mentality is unlikely to change much, and the reinforced concrete barricades outside the U.S. consulate on University Avenue won’t be coming down any time soon. They serve as a reminder that the world’s opinion of America hasn’t yet changed much either and that someone somewhere might still want to drive a truckload of high explosives through the front door. Those planters full of red and purple blooms are probably the toughest flowerpots in the city. If the time ever comes when they can be removed, it won’t be a quick job. And the demolition crews will doubtless need security clearance. You think it’s easy being the world’s last superpower?
Photo by Bill Taylor/Torontoist