Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 83 Astral Silver 280 SL
Location: Planet Houston
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Here's the thing: Obama isn't being attacked because he is black. He's being attacked because he is in a competition to see who will earn the Democrat nomination to run for President. The race angle is merely the method of attack, or one of the methods of attack, because this can be exploited as a divisive issue with him. People are attacking Clinton with whatever they feel will divide people over her, mainly her husband. McCain got the same thing, being called "not conservative enough", which is quite the denunciation amongst the right wingers. Huckabee got hit because he was a Baptist minister. With Romney it was the Mormon angle.
Barrack Obama is a black man in a nation that isn't completely over racism. Just as Hilary Clinton is a woman in a nation that isn't completely over sexism. When you throw your hat in the ring to run for political office, you have to expect that your opponents are going to use whatever is at their disposal to make you look less attractive than their candidate. And as disappointing as it is, Obama had to have been prepared for this. He had to know that race would become an issue, whether it was of his making or not. He went into the campaign knowing he'd have to deal with it, just as Clinton knew she'd have to deal with Bill baggage and Whitewater history. Politics is a blood sport.
Personally, I liked how Obama dealt with the controversy over the preacher. He denounced what was said in very clear and incontrovertable terms. Yet he refused to throw the guy under the bus. He will disagree, vehemently, with a friend. But that doesn't mean he will forsake the friend. It came off a lot like "hate the sin but love the sinner".
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address