Just out of curiosity, how many people actually paid attention to Obama's race during this election? I mean, I was conscious of the fact that he's of African American descent, but the more I look back on it, the more I realize that the color of his skin had -nothing- to do with my opinion of him, and I hope that's how many of us were thinking. It's encouraging, for me at least, to see that barrier of racial separation breaking down a little. :3
I also am impressed by the calmness of this discussion. Bravo, everyone.
I paid attention to his race in so far as I knew immediately that he would bring a different background to the table...in the same, broad overall sense that Hillary Clinton would bring a different background to the table.
There were very small details though that really (in my opinon at least) gave confirmation of Obama's "different background" so to speak.
Here is what I was thinking:
Every politician/political leader so far has pronounced Iraq with a flat "a" such that it sounds like E-rack. Some go even further and prounce with a long "i" such that it sounds like I-rack.
The proper pronounciatin of Iraq sounds like "E-rock", with the stress on the rock. The same thing goes for how politicians pronounce "Taliban"
Now on the surface things like that are quite trivial. But I thought about it and said that if Obama knows the correct pronounciation...then he's been exposed to some type of contact or experience or learning or proximity or whatever, that has given him some
degree of familiarity with the middle east...to the extent that it has influenced the way he talks. That immediately struck me when I heard him speak about the middle east the first couple of times. Again it's not really a big deal but you know there is some intelligence and comprehension regarding the middle east in all the political rhetoric...that has simply been lacking before.
I dunno, it may be nothing at all, but I think it holds its own significance.
Per his race/color...he could be native american, muslim, russian decent, asian, whatever...i frankly wouldn't care, so long as he has no hidden agenda and really believes in what he says.