January 17, 2010

SO FAR HIS PRESIDENCY IS JUST A FAILURE...:

To seal his legacy, Obama must be a leader in his own way (ROCHELLE RILEY, 1/17/10, Detroit FREE PRESS)

[I] stand here, alone, in the cold, the sun on my face. And I am drawn to a greater possibility and a greater truth: President Obama, a man of black and white heritage, a man of African and American heritage and a man of the 21st Century who won election partly via e-mail and $25 a pop, is the two Americas. He is the two races that continue a civil war we thought ended long ago.

He is the biblical story extolling the wisdom of King Solomon. He has been approached by an America fighting for a single color, for a single ideology. Rather than allow America to continue its slow demise from segregation, Obama's election has taken us even closer to the America the country's forefathers described.

His election is a gift America gave herself. Had Obama done nothing but stand and say "I do solemnly swear," that moment alone would have moved America to a place from which it cannot retreat.


...but it will be a tragedy if it is ultimately reduced, as here, to a bit of tokenism.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 17, 2010 7:58 AM
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