From a 1949 letter from George Orwell to the then head of the UAW in reference to his book, 1984:
"The scene of the book is laid in Britain in order to emphasize that the English-speaking races are not innately better than anyone else and that totalitarianism, if not fought against, could triumph anywhere."
I think this captures not the audacity of hope as Obama ran on, but the audacity of our arrogance to think that we are somehow above the communist and fascist countries of europe, asia, and south america. I think the bible puts it even better when it says:
"for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God"