Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Obama got to where he is because he is a black guy?

That is what former Democratic vice presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro and Hillary supporter said. And then she "removed" herself from the campaign. Some say it can't possible be an asset to be black.

The truth is this. Obama would be getting a lot of attention whether he was white or black because he is young, refreshing, new, and charismatic. Not to mention an inspiring speaker. That draws people to him first. But the truth of the matter is that being black is icing on the cake.

Why? Because it is cool to think we have come so far in such a short time. It's cool to think that we could nominate a black man who realistically could become President in my lifetime (and I'm not that old).

When I was little blacks couldn't vote for God's sake. Blacks couldn't swim in the same public swimming pool where I swam. So yes, in that respect, I can understand black Americans coming out in droves to vote for him. It's historic and it's cool and let's face it, he's cool.

But he is also wrong on almost every issue, from abortion to national security, to the war, to taxes, to health care. He's just dead wrong no matter what his skin color was. He is also inexperienced. And that would be true if he were blue.

I don't blame blacks for coming out and supporting him. I understand it completely. And maybe this will bring us past color once and for all. Maybe next time a black man or women runs for the Presidency we won't be so excited about the color of his skin, but about his beliefs.

I'm looking forward to that day.