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Barack Obama’s historic win has been cause for celebration among many Americans, including African Americans who thought they might never see the day a black man would come so close to the White House. But what does the rest of the world think? On Reporter's Notebook, the Lakers and Celtics are back in the NBA finals for the first time since the days of Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. It’s been twenty years since their last matchup. How fierce is the rivalry today?

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Sonya Geis
Gary Scott

Reporter's Notebook A New Chapter in a Historic Rivalry as the Lakers and Celtics Face Off

Guests:
Bob Hohler, Sports Writer, Boston Globe

Main Topic How Does Obama's Victory Look to the Rest of the World?

Barack Obama's historic win has been cause for celebration among many Americans, including African Americans who thought they might never see the day a black man would come so close to the White House. Obama's grandmother was watching from Kenya, and so was the rest of the world. What does his historic primary victory mean to people outside of the United States? Is his primary victory causing America's friends and foes to see the country in a new light? Would a President Obama worry old allies or help create new ones? Who's rooting for John McCain?

Guests:
Patrice de Beer, former Washington Correspondent, Le Monde
Fawaz Gerges, London School of Economics and Politics
Shmuel Sandler, Professor of Political Science, Bar-Ilan University
Rob Crilly, Reporter, Christian Science Monitor and Times of London

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