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  1. Introduction
  2. Family life at home in the White House
  3. Benjamin Franklin
  4. Poverty in America
  5. The ideas of James Truslow Adams
  6. American dream and the American people
  7. The compromises of the American dream and Barrack Obama
  8. The suspicions against Obama
  9. Is Obama true to the American dream?
  10. Obama's modest background
  11. Obama's campaign
  12. Acts of torture from the CIA on terror suspects
  13. Conclusion
  14. Bibliography

The American Dream is a term that has been used to encompass the founding ideas that have existed since the birth of the United States. Its definition is broad and has been open to many interpretations, which have adapted and changed over the course of American history. Liberal philosophers such as John Locke, albeit an English 17th century philosopher, had a major influence on the US from the time of the American Declaration of Independence in 1776 to the present day modern liberalism agenda, which remains significant in the White House.

Individuality is the key to the liberal ideology and this is a major facet of the American Dream. The focus is on the individual's right to pursue their own interests unfettered so long as they do not interfere with another individual's right to freedom. Locke believed that society should revert to a ?state of nature' whereby people are left to their own devices, however that freedom can only exist if people are prohibited from intervening in other's freedoms.

[...] Many say Obama is a living symbol of the American Dream and that this would not have happened without the hope that was embodied in Martin Luther King's monumental speech in 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. (King, M.L. 1963) The word ?dream' has taken on a universal meaning in the United States, (which might explain why it was the most used word in Reverend King's speech) but it is one that is difficult to attach a specific meaning to. [...]

[...] (2004) The USA Patriot Act of 2001: a reference handbook. Oxford: ABC-CLIO Baudrillard, J. (2000) America. 10th ed. London: Verso Baudrillard, J. (1996) Cool Memories II. Oxford: Blackwell Baudrillard, J (2000) The Gulf War did not take place. 2nd ed. Sydney: Power Bentham, J. (1907) An introduction to the princples of morals and legislation. Oxford: Clarendon Carroll, R. (2009) Barack Obama offers olive brand to Chavez, Ortega and Latin America. Guardian Available from [Accessed 19 April 2009] Coates, T.P. [...]

[...] This is almost a requirement in politics and Obama is the ultimate brand. However, brands are regularly re-branded to deal with market demands. Fast food chains promote healthier options; car manufacturers promote greener choices and coffee producers are keen to point out that their trade is fair. This, on the surface, is good for the people and if politicians adopt the same manner as a brand, then this can only bode well for the future. Unfortunately, we are all keenly aware that brands are trying to achieve something far simpler than a greener, healthier and fairer world. [...]

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