Haiti's Jean-Bertrand Aristide is leaving exile in South Africa in just a
few hours, despite President Barack Obama's bid to keep the hugely
popular but controversial figure away from his homeland until it holds
presidential election this weekend, officials said Thursday.
Barack Obama rode a wave of voter passion in 2008 fed largely by intense
dislike of President George W. Bush and the Iraq war, plus excitement
among young and minority voters at the notion of electing the nation's
first black president.