The election of the president of the United States is very different from the French presidential election.
The American elections are MUCH MORE complicated !
The US president will be chosen next November by delegates. (indirect suffrage)
So before the "general election", each great party, organizes elections called "primaries" or "caucuses" to choose the one who will compete with the 4-year-presidential mandate which is a competition between two men... well, two human beings!
Former democratic presidents backwards: Clinton, carter, Johnson, Kennedy, Truman, Roosevelt ...
Former republican presidents onwards: ... Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, Reagan, G.H.Bush, G.W.Bush
See the succession here: http://mistupid.com/history/presidents.htm
So: Right now ! The Democratic primaries are still taking place among the Democrats to select the candidate who will face the Republican candidate who has been chosen through the Republican primary elections : John McCain.
For now, Barack Obama has 1882 delegates, selected during the different elections that have been taking place successively in the different states.
See the calendar here: http://politics.nytimes.com/election-guide/2008/primaries/democraticprimaries/index.html Youl'll notice that the race is soon over.
Well, it is not because Hillary Clinton has 1711 delegates and she says she can still win the primaries against Obama... She could quit but she says she can still win.
2025 delegates are needed to secure the nomination.
See the evolution of the democratic primaries here http://election.cbsnews.com/campaign2008/index.shtml
So, the next US Presidential elections in November 2008 will be a race between
EITHER Barack Obama versus John McCain
OR Hillary Clinton versus John McCain
Well, this week's Time cover believes Obama will run for president against John McCain.
And I hope they're right.
Not that I wouldn't like a woman for the US presidency, but I like Obama's vision better. And after all, Clinton has already been in the White House as a first lady...
I believe new politicians are needed. Read about his life here: