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What Identity Can Barack Obama Choose That Will Be Both Sincere And Successful?

What identity could Barack Obama choose that would be both sincere and successful?

Not long ago, people were asking if Mr. Obama was “Black enough.” Somehow maybe even Bill Clinton was more Black than Senator Obama.

Once Senator Obama established his color, he then had to figure out how to present himself as a candidate who is also a Black man in a nation with a rough racial history.

He’s not a self-styled centrist like former U.S. Representative Harold Ford of Tennessee.

He’s not a careerist in a safe district like Representative Charles Rangel of New York.

He’s not an old-style activist like Jesse Jackson.     

So who and what will Senator Obama be?

He is, like all of us, a work in progress.

My hope is that Senator Obama continues up a curve of personal maturity as he comes to fully understand how important his campaign is to the nation, and to people who never thought they’d see someone like Barack Obama running for President.    

Some heat and gravity where Senator Obama is currently cool and light might help.

Still, Senator Obama is doing well so far. He is the favorite to win the Democratic nomination and leads John McCain in polls. 

Senator Obama is at this point successfully navigating uncharted waters.


May 5, 2008 - Posted by | Campaign 2008, Politics | , , , , , , ,


  1. Nice piece. Provides useful perspective.

    Comment by Newton | May 6, 2008

  2. Thank you.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | May 6, 2008

  3. The young and black vote will get him in if they stay passionate and go and vote on election day. I hope they do and i hope he does well if elected but i am doutful on both ideas.

    Comment by bill brady | May 8, 2008

  4. No–We will win this election in 2008.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | May 8, 2008

  5. i will vote for whoever is the dem. but i would not be too sure we will win. these people that voted in bush the second time are all still alive and stupid.

    Comment by bill brady | May 8, 2008

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