L'Obama italiano 21.02.09
Renzi is the Democratic Party's chance at change. Florence's mayoral election is in June and he is expected to easily win the left-leaning city. "If he becomes mayor of Florence, he becomes the hope," says one Rome-based opposition insider. "Then people start talking about the Italian Obama; start saying I've seen the future of Italian politics.'"
A practicing Catholic, Renzi says he won't let the Vatican guide his policy. In the primary, he ran a classic grass-roots campaign using the Internet, Facebook and other tactics drawn from Obama's successful presidential run. "I'm a politician," he says. "I don't perform miracles. I've just tried to make the administration of government work better, day in and day out."