By Matt Frei
BBC News, Washington
"There is nothing that is wrong with America that can't be fixed by what is right with America."
Barack Obama could improve America's popularity around the world
Bill Clinton is not used to failure.
But ironically his words turned out to be prophetic in a way that neither he nor any of us would have imagined.
After an electoral process that makes a round of Harry Potter's favourite game Quidditch look simple, the Democratic Party has eventually chosen a man whose name - some Americans can't help noticing - rhymes with Osama, and whose middle name is Hussein; who was brought up in Hawaii and Indonesia, and whose father was a Kenyan economist.
And all this in the middle of a war against foreign extremists.
If you had tried to sell the Obama story to the fiction editor of a major publishing company they would have laughed at you and ushered you to the door.
Good fiction needs to be plausible, they would have bleated.
Great reality can be as implausible as it wants, America has now replied.