Not sure being the most powerful man on earth is such an enviable job, but someone has to do it and I'm guessing President Obama has the experience, intelligence, personality, confidence and courage needed to do it well. We'll see.
Yesterday spirits were pretty high for most people I know (not all, but most) and for most of the world, for that matter. That's always a good thing. Good karma for Mr. President to get started on the right foot.
Today, he froze pay raises for White House staff who make more than 100k. Seems to be getting off on the right foot, I must say.
The one thing that has dominated any story of President Obama is his race. The fact he is the first black President has been the major story. I completely understand the significance of an African-American President and what it means in the context of our country's history, racism, civil rights struggles, etc.
The thing is, President Obama is not only black, he's also white. His father was from Kenya, his mother was a white woman from the U.S.
So logically, if President Obama is black because his father is African, isn't he also white because his mother is of European descent? Trust me, I fully understand our country's history of labeling someone black, or Asian, or whatever, even if they only have one grandparent of that race. I think the legal definition of a black person back in the days of slavery and segregation was anyone who was 1/16th black, right?
The reason I'm bringing this up is simple: Are we ready to consider President Obama just as white as he is black. Or does his African blood make him black and that's that?
Doesn't make sense to me.
What's your take on this? Again, I understand the context. I'm just wondering when we, as Americans, will be ready to put that context behind us and stop labeling everyone? Or stop considering race a handicap or a benefit (depending on how one looks at it).
Anyway, I welcome President Obama and wish him the best. And I thank former President Bush for his service to our country.
The greatest country in the world, if you ask me.