October 14, 2011

IT WASN'T THAT HIS SKIN COLOR MADE HIM LESS BLACK...:

How Barack Obama went from cool to cold (Gary Younge, 10/13/11, guardian.co.uk,

Salim Muwakkil, a Chicago-based journalist, thinks in times of crisis Americans value impulsiveness in a leader. "Isn't that part of the American myth?" he asks. "We don't get stuck in the paralysis of analysis. We strike out when we see the wrong. Bush embodied that, Reagan had a bit of that. These times are calling even more for that kind of quality."

This might be easier said than done. Not only does Obama have to perform the role of president, but also that of the first black one. Whatever detractors thought of Clinton or Bush Jr, they never accused them of not being born in the United States or secretly belonging to another faith. Part of his ostensible "post-racial" appeal as a candidate was the paradoxical claim that he did not scare white voters too much. Before the election Senate leader Harry Reid privately said his chances were good because he was a "light-skinned" African American "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one".

...it was that his essential hollowness made him nothing. Mr. Obama is neither cool nor cold, just empty.



Posted by Orrin Judd at October 14, 2011 7:25 AM
  
blog comments powered by Disqus
« THE OTHER POSSIBILITY IS TOO TERRIBLE TO CONTEMPLATE: | Main | THE BUILDING WAVE: »