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Time said on Wednesday that it chose Obama this year for having the confidence to sketch an ambitious future in a gloomy hour, and for showing the competence that makes Americans hopeful he might pull it off.

How does the bold part work in the sentence?
I have no idea.


Please, could you help me?

Thanks.
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...makes Americans hopeful he might pull it off = makes Americans hopeful that he might successfully accomplish it.

Thanks, Mr M.
I was so stupid that I took 'pull' for 'put'.

But sorry, I still don't get it.

Liveinjapan for showing the competence that makes Americans hopeful he might pull it off.
Is 'that' a relative pronoun for 'the competence'?

Is 'hopeful' an adjective?

What does it mean?
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pull it off = be successful at whatever one is trying [set phrase: don't try to parse it]

[put it off = postpone]
Liveinjapan

Liveinjapan for showing the competence that makes Americans hopeful he might pull it off.

Is 'that' a relative pronoun for 'the competence'?

Is 'hopeful' an adjective?

What does it mean?

I hope you don't mind my butting in. (Mr M is probably having an evening snack.Emotion: smile)That is indeed a relative pronoun whose antecedent the competence is. Hopeful is an adjective. The conjunction that is missing: ... makes Americans hopeful [that] he might pull it off. It is a vague formal object, which is required by the phrasal verb pull ... off. It refers to Obama's attempt to succeed.

CB
Understand!
Thanks so much, Philip and CB.

I hope to be using this type of expression smoothly in the future! Emotion: big smile
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LiveinjapanI hope to be using this type of expression smoothly in the future!
I hope you can pull it off!
khoffI hope you can pull it off!
I'm glad you said that! Emotion: big smile

By the way, do I have to make sure my tongue touches or is very close to the back of my upper front teeth when I say 'pull it off'? Otherwise I think my pronounciation of 'pull it off' may sounds 'put it off' to people. Emotion: phew

EDIT: for both /t/ and /l/  the tip of your tongue touches the area behind your upper teeth but the positios of the sides of your tongue are diffrenent, right?