Opinions on L.A. Times Article Called "An American President"Go here to read the article. I already have my answers, but I just wanna know what YOU think. I wanna compare answers. Tell me. And are...

Opinions on L.A. Times Article Called "An American President"

Go here to read the article. I already have my answers, but I just wanna know what YOU think. I wanna compare answers. Tell me. And are you voting tomorrow, and who are you voting for?

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brandygiles eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Well along with the writer of this article, I too am a supporter of Barack Obama, so obviously I am extremely excited at this point! I honestly believe what the writer was trying to express is the fact that people are trying to expose character flaws, or differences in belief rather than address the issues at hand. Now obviously most of this is moot at this point, however, saying that anyone is "un-American" is almost un-American in itself. I feel that a lot of these negative views are mired mainly in ignorance. If you look at the facts you can't help but realize the holes in these theories. Barack Obama is half white, which many people fail to mention, and had little to no contact with the African side of his family until quite later on in life. I believe he met his father three times. He did begin to have relationships with those relatives on his father's side after his father's death and when he was already an adult. Barack was raised by his grandparents and his mother, who were white and Christian in Hawaii. So Muslim? no. un-American? It almost seems that that phrase would simply be a matter of opinion because is their a rubric or a set of qualifications to judge the American-ness of a person? It just simply is something that is ridiculous to say. 

brandygiles eNotes educator| Certified Educator


After 8 years of an increasingly worsening situation, most people are just ready for something different and I believe that's what caused Barack Obama to win. If Bush had done a fairly decent job I think this election would have been a lot closer. Though McCain seems competent, who would want to take the chance of having another four years like the ones we just had? Not to mention the fact that he did show good judgement with his appointment of Sarah Palin as his running mate. However, had McCain won I would have stood firmly behind him because a country divided, as it clearly is now can never stand strong. I have gotten off the point (as I tend to do when talking about politics) but I personally believe that anyone would go through what either of those two men did could not possibly be deemed as un-American. I feel they both want the best for this country, thought the pathways they would have taken may differ.

brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would love to see another article by the same author, reflecting on this piece a few years later.  Obama is an excellent speaker, and he certainly motivated much of the population that had largely given up on politics, and his election was history in the making.  Governing, however, especially with an uncompromising tyranny of the minority in the House and Senate has made it more difficult to achieve what he promised.  But Obama also has to blame himself for some things, as he has simply abandoned his most excited supporters, and he likely will not have their enthusiasm to help him gain re-election.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

So often, elections turn into conversations on the wrong things.  Who's more handsome.  Who's too old or too young.  Who has more influence on certain populations.  Who's more clever or oratorical.  Since we have a two party system, people are basically going to vote along party lines.  All of those efforts to get swing voters in line just cloud the scene by having opponents try to pander to everyone at once.  The truth is that once elected, each will do what he feels is right.

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