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First was his mother Stanley Ann; then there was Michelle Obama. Finally there were other political mentors like Alice Palmer (16). If there was one woman whom Obama had to 'reject' it was Hillary Clinton, his Democrat counter-candidate for Presidency. Nevertheless, Obama did not seem to harbor bad feelings toward Hillary, neither did she act in a 'corruptive' sort of manner toward Obama. 4. Atonement with the Father - reconciliation with the tyrant and merciful aspects of a fatherlike authority figure As Dreams of My Father shows, Obama was affected by the absence of his father, Barack Obama Sr (17). An important part of young Obama's life was taken by his effort to reconcile his father's absence with his ever-present racial heritage. 5. Apotheosis - the hero's expansion of the self, or profound alteration of the perception of reality Obama's first apotheosis was his famed 2004 speech at the Democratic National Convention, that would bring him into the spotlight and change the course of his career. Obama's final apotheosis was his candidacy and success to the bid for the Democratic nomination in 2007. 6. Ultimate Boon - the hero obtains a key item or victory His first major victory was his landslide win in the US Senate in 2004; next, his Democratic nomination in 2007 and finally, his election as President in 2008. This is not the case in Obama's case, since his victory was attained in the 'ordinary' world, not some otherwordly or mythical land. Furthermore, he has always been an ambitious figure, who would not settle in one place but aim higher (18), (19). 2. Magic Flight - the hero may have to wrestle the 'boon' Obama had to pull all his stops in the Democratic presidential nomination of 2007, which had to be wrestled from much better-titled Hillary Clinton. 3. Rescue from Without - the hero may need supernatural support to bring the boon into the ordinary world There were several moments when Obama's 'lucky streak' played in. It isn't a coincidence that Washington Post, in an article from August 2007, called his ascent to US Senate as "A Series of Fortunate Events" (20). They recorded how in 2004 his win for US Senate was

helped by the decision of Peter Fitzgerald, the incumbent Senator, not to run for his own seat again, by the domestic abuse charges brought against Democrat counter candidate Blair Hull, who was the favorite for the seat just one month before the election and by Republican counter candidate Jack Ryan's domestic sex scandal. Obama eventually came in to win the Senate seat by a landslide victory: 70% (21). 4. Crossing the Return Threshold - the hero returns to the ordinary world The 'return threshold' is undoubtedly the win of the American Presidency, which was both a challenge and a given - following his win of the Democrat nomination over Hillary Clinton. 5. Master of the Two Worlds - the hero pertains both the divine and human worlds Following his political ascendancy and experience, Obama is now seen as fit to run the USA and able to share his vision to the American people. On the other hand, one aspect worth noting is that Campbell's pattern does not go beyond point 6 kyriakos bakomichalis where the hero is in the position of bestowing the 'boon' to the other people.