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Welcome, Mr. President

Quicken Loans Congratulates and Welcomes President Barack Obama I'd like to personally welcome and congratulate President Barack Obama as he works through his first real day on the job.

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.

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  1. I believe most people call him African American not only because of his genetic make up, but also because of his skin tone.
    However this is about the 5th time I have heard this being discuss since January 20th but I have never heard it before he became Mr.President. My point is not many was standing in line to stake a claim when he was just Mr.Obama.
    Also I believe because his skin tone he has a more of a symbolic effect on African Americans. Because we have had 5 other U.S presidents with African American genes but their skin tone did not reflect that.
    But I personally think it’s a good thing that he is a little bit me & a little bit of you, which makes him a little bit of all of us.

    Posted by: A Proud American | January 22, 2009
  2. Great post, Clayton. And I honestly mean that. I also like Proud American’s response.

    Posted by: Frank the Tank | January 22, 2009
  3. Great Observation Clay and glad you made this post.
    Unfortunately it is not possible to change the skin color, no matter what the country of origin, descent, religion or citizenship one holds. It should really not matter, but unfortunately it does and that is very sad.
    Our new president ( among other differences ) has a different skin color than all former presidents.. but does it really matter.. He is also the youngest president.. But we don’t refer to him as the youngest president in every conversation, why then refer to him as African American ???
    FOR US TO LOOK BEYOND the skin color and LooK DEEPER

    Posted by: Think Alike | January 22, 2009

    Posted by: keri | January 23, 2009
  5. He is not the youngest president. Teddy Roosevelt was 42 when he took office following the assasination of McKinley. Roosevelt is then followed by known womanizer JFK, who was 43, and the youngest elected president. Obama is 47, which means he is a half-decade older than the youngest Prez.

    Posted by: Frank the Tank | January 27, 2009

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