I was surprised to see an African-American president elected in my lifetime. I had not anticipated that. I think it's a very good thing for the country, even if one disagrees with the policies of this particular president. The interesting thing now will be to see if an African-American candidate from the opposite end of the political spectrum can ever be elected. If that ever happens, race will truly have receded in importance as a political issue in this country. I look forward to the day when politics in the U. S. really can be truly color-blind.
I, too, believe that having a black president proves that the United States has come a long way. It shows that the country, as a whole, is not as prejudice as in the past. Unfortunately, given that the country is in the state it is, many have placed blame on the President based upon his race. I also have to agree that he was elected based upon his ability and the fact that the overall majority found him to be the best candidate.
Having elected an African American as president, the the people of these United States should consider that despite our country's ills, progress moves us forward, and perhaps the divisions of race that has plagued the country for centuries is finally overcome. I would hope that President Obama's election was due to his being the best, and not a black, candidate.
As a bi-racial midwesterner, I shed a few tears of joy and amazement when someone who seemed to represent me, my interests and my demographic won the election. That was a first for me. I'm still excited and happy to see that America, my country, can recognize merit and character when merit and character are presented, regardless of the package.
The posts above have pointed to the very rational and broad-minded perspective on this question, which suggests that color does not really matter when it comes to politics, competence, and the lot. I could not agree more.
But there is something very dear and important in this presidency for me and for many people of color in America.
It really doesn't matter to me what race the president is, as long as they are effective. I think there are some people in this country who still see race as an issue and I hope that education will help future generations.
I was teaching in an urban school when Obama was elected. The fact that he was even one of the top two candidates really inspired my students, and when he was elected they were walking on air. It was a ray of hope, and they started to feel like things really were possible for them, and they did have a future.
The color of the President's skin has little bearing with me, and as one of the previous posts mentioned, I am more concerned with a man's experience and ability to work with others. I was not thrilled with President Obama's lack of experience when he ran four years ago; I would like to see someone with more than one term's experience as a senator. Obama's financial policies have been a disaster, but there do seem to be glimpses of the hope for recovery. Black or white, Obama seems to be a much better choice than any of the Republican candidates.
I don't care one way or another, frankly. I would however feel better if the president and the congress were working together for the common good of the nation, rather than continuing to tear the country apart in a continuous show of partisanship that benefits no one.
For me, personally, I think it's a sign that we've come a long way since I was young. I would not have thought I would ever see such a thing happen in the US. However, it is clear that what happens to the highest levels of black America does not have that much impact on the lower levels. There are still major problems facing African Americans even if a man who is half black could get elected president.
I don't really consider Barack Obama as fully black. Regardless, I think it's a huge step in American history. It's hard to believe that not long ago, Americans (like many other countries) strongly disliked people with foreign skin colours and treated them terribly, and now a black individual in running the nation! Oh, the irony!
But yes, I believe it's a wonderful thing!