I am watching Senator Barack ‘s announcement of his Presidential candidacy on C-Span. He is so smart, so sensible, so articulate, so clean(no puns intended) so easy to listen to … and so impressive! I’m a little  bored –had a bit too much politics in my live lately — but I want to see history unfolding.But, as a Black American, I thought I would get excited … and I didn’t excited. (I didn’t get to excited in 2004 when Obama spoke at the Democratic Convention, either.) like I did when Jesse Jackson announced his candidacy in 1984.

The music played by U2 put me to sleep. Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now that followed woke me up.

Obama does not wish to be seen as the Black candidate for President, but as the Presidential candidate who happens to be Black. We all know why that is; race is the ultimate litmus test of politics today  and don’t let anyone tell you different. In the end, however, what is good for Black America is good for all of America  And no matter how a campaign spins it, Obama is the first Black candidate in the 2008 Presidential sweepstakes.Then I heard  “Shout” playing in the background. Fun song, but permanently associated with rowdy white frat boys from “Animal House.” Bad choice, particularly in the aftermath of the Duke debacle. Someone needs to remind political consultants to use common sense sometimes.

There has been alot of media questioning Obama’s support in the African American communities. Some Black observers say Obama is popular with whites because he is “safe.” They can now point as well to the fact that launching a campaign with Lincolnesque overtones from Springfield sends a mixed message to African American voters. Some Black observers have specifically stated that the Senator’s life does not “share” the American Black experience and that Obama is not a “genuine” American of African descent. I guess they didn’t get excited, either.

In all honesty, I don’t question Colin Powell’s understanding of what it is to be Black, nor do I question the mindset of Condoleeza Rice. I just don’t like their political friends, but they are indeed Black.Whether you like Obama’s politics or not — and I have not taken a position  on the Presidential contest — you cannot say that Obama is not Black enough and you cannot say that he is any less qualified to be President of these United States than any other candidate past or present for that office. I am looking for the person who can incorporate all the wisdom, strength, blend it with a sense of faith, realizing the urgency, and get busy. I am looking for the strategist who can do something about world affairs. I am looking for the one who is genuine and fresh yet who has all the tools and credentials to look after my domestic issues and keep me safe. His friends gives me cause for concern

If that’s Barack Obama, it’ll be okay. If it’s someone else, let them be heard.

What are your thoughts?

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