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The "Black Enough" Question:
Who's Asking?


The Obama family hit the campaign trail in Las Vegas last week. (AP).

In case it wasn't clear enough the first time, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and his wife Michelle have each said repeatedly -- and increasingly forcefully -- in recent days that they're fed up with the "black enough" debate.

Their offensive against questions about the biracial Obama's appeal to African American voters began earlier this month, when Michelle Obama told the Chicago Sun-Times she was frustrated by the notion that her husband -- the son of a white mother and Kenyan father -- was somehow not authentically connected to the American black experience and that "we are still struggling as a people with what is black."

Her husband chimed in on Friday in Las Vegas when Obama told the National Association of Black Journalists that "I think in part we're still locked in this notion if you appeal to white folks, there must be something wrong." A day earlier, the group had dedicated an entire session of its annual convention to debating the issue.
And on Sunday, Michelle Obama weighed in with her strongest comments yet, calling on everyone to "stop that nonsense" in asking if he is "black enough" to appeal to African American voters.
"We are messing with the heads of our children," by raising the question, she told a group of mainly black women at a fundraiser in Chicago's predominantly black South Side.

Obama campaign aides said the couple saw these forums, particularly Barack Obama's speech to journalists, as a way to move past the issue. "They are responding to the general dialogue," said Candace Tolliver, an Obama spokeswoman. "The senator thought it was a chance to put it to rest."

But campaign aides didn't cite a specific example of the criticism they hoped to put to rest, noting instead that reporters have questioned both Obamas on the issue.

When Obama first entered the race, some commentators, most pointedly writer Debra Dickerson, questioned whether Obama's unique history and background made him so unlike most African Americans that he would not be the first black president. Obama's campaign has sought to appeal to black voters -- a key group in the Democratic primary electorate -- while also presenting him as a new generation of black leader.

"I can't think of any black intellectual or political or community leader of much substance who has questioned his blackness," said David Bositis, who studies the role of African Americans in politics at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington.

Ron Walters, a professor at the University of Maryland, wrote a journal article on how Obama's discussion of his upbringing in Hawaii and his comments on rising above racial problems, may not be reassuring to blacks. "He ought to take it more seriously," Walters said of how Obama is appealing to blacks. At the same time, Walters said, "as far as I'm personally concerned, he's black enough for me."
--Perry Bacon Jr.

By Washington Post editors  |  August 13, 2007; 8:11 PM ET
 
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The notion of being black enough to be president does not make any sense. However, if this is the way America needs to discuss the ethnicity and culture of our leaders, than so be it. At least it is dumb instead of too hurtful. The Garling Gauge has a great take on it:

http://garlinggauge.com/2007/08/27/bucket-for-obama/

Posted by: velahan | August 26, 2007 11:33 PM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201334443&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1334443%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

"Not black enough" is the dumbest thing I've ever heard. Doesn't being even fractionally Afro-American make him blacker than all the other candidates? And why in hell are we even talking about the man's skin color? Is this 2007, or 1807? Today's lazy journalists need to stop trotting out their tired old questions, because "that's what people are talking about."

Posted by: psychedoc40 | August 20, 2007 4:51 PM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201316338&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1316338%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

We want the BEST not who is BLACK or FEMALE as our next President.

BEST does not equal either of those, those two "classes" of historically discriminated against people, have ONLY their rightful "bona fide job qualifications" to entitle them to the anti-discrimination protection when applying for ANY job that falls under EEO laws.

I am a former publicist for a state agency whose duty was to enforce the law against discrimination in housing, employment, credit transactions, and public accommodations for either state or federal law enforcement.

Does BLACK qualify Obama for President? NO. Does it disqualify him? NO.

Does he have the right to compete? Irrespective of color, utterly yes, on the merits, which are NOT color, or sex. And, the other "protected" categories.

We have had a handicapped president in office, in a wheelchair once (Roosevelt).

Am I equating Black with handicapped as if a detriment? NO.

I am rebutting against prejudice, hopefully-- illustrating the difference between WHAT is required for the best candidate to do the job..."bona fide job qualifications." That is where the focus belongs.

So, let Obama say what credentials he is offering--having HOPE and having landed in the Senate is not enough.

Oh yes, I intend to demand more from to explain her candidacy as to why she thinks she is a frontrunner capable of caputuring the majority on November 2nd--I will not vote for her, to me she is only a wife of Clinton, that is in no way a qualification....I do not see the right stuff from her, and frankly, neither do I see it from Obama, I see money as their catapulting credential, and it is heinous.

But, let the issue be taken up properly. EACH candidate should present the proper qualifications that they believe they offer for their right to be seen as a candidate for the office of President.

Can they do the job, number one, what are the credentials...and two ...compete and let the PUBLIC decide at a Majority Level AT THE VOTING BOOTHS. Since they both are claiming the contest is the Democratic Nomination that they seek, and the media says they are the frontrunners, let's see if we are INDEED being shortchanged by the lack of proper visibility of the proper competition ON THE MERITS...what do they offer.

BLACK is not what Obama offers.

WOMAN and even more so, WIFE, is NOT what Hillary offers.

Those do not qualify for Presidential "Timber."

I was a publicist for the CHRO, in Connecticut in the mid-seventies.

My boss was Black (Ph.D. from UMass in Education, he had had one law course, constitutional law), I am a white female, and we were, to my knowledge, "on the same page" during my 2.5 years there in the mid-seventies.

IF I voted in the Democratic Primary as to the best in view seeking that nomination, I might say Edwards, although I prefer Kucinich's stands, but guaranteed neither BLACK or FEMALE catches a thing from me for a qualfication, not a thing. Worth is zero.

Oh, yes, Martin Luther King urged vehemently that he did not want his little children judged by the color of their skin, but BY THEIR CHARACTER."

He certainly would know "BLACK" if properly competitive, would be an achievement, but NO, it is not a qualification or a credential. The competition is for PRESIDENTIAL duties, not for representing a group of people. NO. A country, a Democracy, individual rights, and proper view of this country and the world, and, oh yes, THE U.S. Constitution.

Obama already went past respect for that, in my view. Pakistan rules itself, and intends to, and he needs to recognize what the President is expected to do. Our Constitution and FREE ELECTIONS are expected to win our proper and BEST President in 2008.

Posted by: Goldpost | August 16, 2007 3:25 PM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201307612&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1307612%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

"Black enough?"
"White enough?"
"Yellow enough?"
"Red enough?"

Enough? How much is enough? Who wants to know? Why? What do you intend to do with the knowledge? Would you share with us the significance you see in the degree of the various hues? Would you support someone adjudged 80% black? 30% black? How does the level of skin color (okay, the relative "purity" of the blood) affect one's capacity to recognize, analyze, and solve problems?

Am I right about my hunch that these questions are irrelevant to those who seek this information and to the journalists willing to pander to them and that the reason for the inquiry is the same as the passions that once animated the architects of the Third Reich?

Posted by: holywoodog | August 15, 2007 8:26 PM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201305426&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1305426%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

An interesting, but unnecessary question; go into any "kicker bar" (or "redneck bar) and ask anyone what he thinks of that "Yankee N****r" and he will not respond, "To whom are you referring?"

Posted by: geraldsutliff1 | August 15, 2007 11:53 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303789&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303789%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

Why doesn't someone ask if Obama is "white enough" to do the job? What happened to his mother and his family on her side? Can he be fair to all, even going against invested black special interests to reach a national purpose? He increasingly is becoming captive to limited interest groups and pulled away from a national purpose.

Posted by: ltg2 | August 15, 2007 10:39 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303568&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303568%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:27 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303265&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303265%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:27 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303264&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303264%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:27 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303263&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303263%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:27 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303262&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303262%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303261&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303261%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303260&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303260%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303259&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303259%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303258&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303258%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303257&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303257%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303256&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303256%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303255&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303255%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303254&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303254%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303253&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303253%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303252&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303252%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303251&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303251%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303250&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303250%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303249&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303249%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303248&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303248%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303247&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303247%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303246&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303246%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303244&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303244%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303245&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303245%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303243&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303243%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

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I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

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I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

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I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

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I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

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I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

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I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303236&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303236%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303235&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303235%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303234&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303234%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303233&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303233%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303232&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303232%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303231&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303231%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303230&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303230%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303229&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303229%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303228&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303228%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303227&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303227%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303226&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303226%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303225&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303225%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303224&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303224%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303223&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303223%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303222&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303222%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303221&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303221%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303220&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303220%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303219&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303219%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303218&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303218%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303217&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303217%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303216&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303216%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303215&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303215%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303213&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303213%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303211&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303211%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303209&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303209%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303214&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303214%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303212&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303212%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I keep hoping that one day America will mature politically and spirtually enough to get beyond issues like, "Can a woman handle the office of president of the United States" or "Is he black enough?" or "Is America ready for a black or woman as president?" I am 60 years young and I still keep hoping. Call me an optimist. Noone seems to get "it"? In order to survive as a nation, as a global leader and partner, the office of the president must be occupied by no less than the BEST America has to offer, regardless of gender or race. What this country doesn't need at this most crucial time in world history is another mentally, emotionally and spritually deficient George Bush!

Posted by: simmonsjoan | August 15, 2007 8:26 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201303210&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1303210%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I laud Mr. Bacon for at least addressing the phoniness of this "debate." Everyone in America, save for the staunchest of racists and the most devoted proponents of politics geared toward promoting the advance of one race, is going to respond to this never-actually-asked question by saying "How dare you ask such a backward, foolish, irrelevant, and offensive question!"

Though I am very partial to Mr. Obama, I can't deny as an objective observer that he has quickly become the darling of most mainstream media outlets. I would posit that perhaps this story has been kept alive by reporters and columnists constantly alluding to it, in their attempts to maintain a veneer of objectivity while not wanting to actually criticize Mr. Obama's substance or charisma.

Everyone knows that the question of Mr. Obama's blackness is an irrelevant one; it's about time that everyone knew that everyone knows.

Posted by: daniel.bleiberg | August 15, 2007 12:44 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201302938&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1302938%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

...thinking out loud...I wonder if Hillary is going to get 99.99 per-cent of the white vote ?? hmmmmmmmmmmm, great question, burlupus..

Posted by: burlupus2000 | August 14, 2007 6:48 PM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201302394&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1302394%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

ALERT !! He is Black enough that i guarentee that he will get 99.99 percent of the Black vote. I mean this thing about being black enough, thats a joke, of course he is !!

I dont understand why the other white candidates especially Hillary attending all these black functions !!

Posted by: burlupus2000 | August 14, 2007 6:44 PM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201302387&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1302387%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

Is Dennis Kucinich tall enough? Is Chris Dodd calm enough? Is Mitt Romney religious-but-not-the-mormony-side-of-being-a-mormon enough? He has be been asked that question ad nauseum, by the same people who seem to be asking Barack Obama the oh so stupid racially tinged question. Let's talk about the good or bad ideas these folks show. Let's judge them on their wisdom and message. Let's judge them on their leadership ability. Let's get them to show us those things instead of platitudes and cliches. You know the Democratic nominee is going to be running full tilt against Bush/Cheney(it will not matter which Republican is running) and will probably win. We need to pick carefully in the primaries or we might get a bozo like Kucinich or Gravelle.

Posted by: parnum | August 14, 2007 2:59 PM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201301658&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1301658%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

Is Hillary Clinton feminine enough? Is John Edwards too effeminate? Is Joe Biden to talkative? Is Bill Richardson hispanic enough? All of these questions are just juvenile. I thought things were too divisive? These type of things make it more so. ERW (Eyes Rolling Wildly)

Posted by: parnum | August 14, 2007 2:50 PM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201301629&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1301629%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

Can we please move beyond this ridiculous debate? The man has brown skin and African ancestry. How black can one get? Besides, if he were to become president, he'd be president of a population that is atleast 75% white, so why should he be so concerned with appealing to a divided minority just because he happened to share some of their ancestry?

Posted by: misshaikola | August 14, 2007 2:27 PM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201301552&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1301552%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

It's not just a question of whether Obama is Black enough, no one seems to be daring to ask the more important question: is Hillary Woman enough? Obama seems to do a pretty good job of hanging onto his ethnic identity it's not always clear that Hillary holds onto her femininity. Maybe someone should be asking her wife, and the mother of her child, Bill what s/he thinks about if?

Perhaps the more important question is are the American people stupid enough to be sidelined by the debate in the first place (judging by the last 2 elections the answer may be yes)?

Posted by: chunkylimey | August 14, 2007 2:04 PM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201301449&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1301449%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

Let's see, create divisiveness and question a candidate's racial bona fides. Who would black voters flock to if the myth about race were to stick? Why I beleive Hillary Clinton would benefit if black voters threw Obama overboard. In the political world you must look to the beneficiary to find the culprit. Or I could be wrong and the Obama campaign is asking the question through proxies in the media. Pick one and it does not make me want to vote for either candidate.

Posted by: parnum | August 14, 2007 1:36 PM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201301337&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1301337%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

Most American blacks are the product of one or more slave masters as well as African slave blood. That has been mixed and remixed. And some American blacks have more and some less "African" blood.
Obama's father was not present for most of his upbringing. His mother married another man after her divorce from "Obama" and then later divorced again, and for much of his life he lived with his grandparents which did not seem very affluent according to the book "Dreams from My Father".
Barack knew blacks in Hawaii both from school and through his grandfather's associations. If you read the book you will understand the low level discrimination that did exist during Senator Obama's upbringing in Hawaii and the feelings of depression it created.
I really think that if we continue to use smear tactics against each other we will end up like we did in the California gubernatorial race in 2006, by losing what was earlier considered a slam dunk.

Posted by: dotcommonsense-blogcity | August 14, 2007 1:02 PM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201301182&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1301182%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

Are some Democrats claiming Obama is not "racially pure?" Odd, I was under the impression that Republicans were the evil, racist hate-mongers.

Posted by: awa85366 | August 14, 2007 11:24 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201300795&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1300795%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

A few years ago 60 Minutes had a group of bi-racial children and adolescents comment on thier bi-racial background. Thier single message was a plea to stop thinking in "black OR white" terms but just let them be proud of their bi-racial backgrounds and enjoy both racial traditions.

I think Obama missed a real opportunity to provide the leadership those kids pleaded for. It's ironic that Obama is trying to position his campaign as the "real change" group and yet he frames his bi-racial background in old, and if you believe the kids on 60 Minutes, obsolete terms.

Posted by: psklees | August 14, 2007 11:11 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201300766&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1300766%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

race or gender should not be an issue.
barack obama is the right person for the job.

Posted by: annageorgepeds | August 14, 2007 9:35 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201300490&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1300490%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

The only people who keep bringing this up are the Obama's and their allies in the press like Mary Mitchell at the Sun-Times. Voters should read the responses Ms. Mitchell was given when she asked voters if they thought Sen. Obama was black enough.

The overwhelming response went something like "Black enough for whom? Why are you trying to make race an issue? Sen. Obama isn't being judged due to a lack of pigment in his skin, and most of us like him, but we wonder if he has the experience, skills and judgment to be our next president. This is a dumb question."

But go to the Sun-times and read for yourselves.

Posted by: clawrence35 | August 14, 2007 7:33 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201300299&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1300299%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

The Top Political Buzzwords: Surge, Obama, youTube, Cleavage and Pardon signal raucous presidential campaign

San Diego, California (August 13, 2007) The Top Political Buzzwords for the first seven months of 2007 were named earlier today by the Global Language Monitor (GLM) (www.LanguageMonitor.com) in its first ranking of the 2008 presidential campaign. The Top 10: Surge, Obama, youTube, Cleavage, Pardon, Live Earth, Subpoena, Congress, All-time Low, and "I don't recall".

"This disparate collection of buzzwords speaks volumes about today's electorate," said Paul JJ Payack, President of The Global Language Monitor (GLM). "We have an Iraq War strategy, a name, a corporate entity, and a commentary on a female candidate's 'neckline' at the top of the list ... and then it really gets interesting."

Political buzzwords are terms of phrases that become loaded with emotional freight beyond the normal meaning of the word. For example, the word surge has been in the English-language vocabulary since time immemorial. However, in its new context as an Iraq War strategy, it inspires a set of emotions in many people far beyond the norm.

The ranking is determined by GLM's PQI Index, a proprietary algorithm that scours the global print and electronic media, the Internet, and blogosphere for 'hot' political buzzwords and then ranks them according to year-over-year change, acceleration and directional momentum.

Using this methodology, GLM was the only media analytics organization that foresaw the '04 electorate voting with their moral compasses rather than their pocketbooks.

The Top Political Buzzwords of the Presidential Campaign and Commentary follows.

Rank Comment
1 Surge The 'Surge' surges to the No.1 Political Buzzword


2 Obama His name now qualifies as a buzzword. This is quite unusual, though the name Hillary comes close.


3 youTube Changing the nature of American Campaigning?


4 Cleavage Despite critics' contentions, Hillary found to be a woman after all

5 Pardon Furor over Libby pardon riles the news media.

6 Live Earth Rock the Earth lived up to its billing in 'buzz'


7 Subpoena Congressional subpoenas abound as predicted if a Democratically control congress were elected.


8 Congress Congress is now polling lower numbers that the President. Congress as a dirty word; the 'C' word?


9 All-time Low A constant description of the president's ever falling poll numbers


10 "I don't recall" AG Alberto Gonzales used this phrase three score and thrice in one day of testimony.

Top Political Buzzwords for 2006
The Top Political Buzzwords for 2006 included: Throes, Quagmire, Credibility, Global Warming, and Insurgency. For more information on prior year political buzzwords go to http://www.LanguageMonitor.com.

About the Global Language Monitor
California-based Global Language Monitor analyzes and catalogues the latest trends in word usage and word choices, and their impact on the various aspects of culture.
Currently, GLM is attempting to count the number of words in the English Language. The Million Word March currently stands at 994,258.
A worldwide assemblage of academics, professional wordsmiths and bibliophiles, supports the GLM to help monitor the latest trends in the evolution (and demise) of language, word usage and word choices. For more information, call 1.925.367.7557 or go to www.LanguageMonitor.com.
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Posted by: pjjp | August 14, 2007 3:19 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201300168&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1300168%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I see your point zyl1298. But I take exception to your point that Obama is so far behind. I believe you're referring to the national polls where he's second with about 25% (which is still not 'so far behind')

But really, what matters are the 4 primary states where he's leading in 1 and tied with Hillary in 2. Look, Romney is at 8% in the national polls, but he's leading in most primary states and he just won the Iowa straw poll. The general polls are only useful in the general election. actually, based on her quasi-incumbent status, Hillary's campaign is really in danger and they know it.

Posted by: zrarieh | August 14, 2007 2:25 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201300137&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1300137%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

Gee, maybe instead of focussing on the First Women, or the First Black, or the First Purple Hindu Long-haired Transgender candidate, you should look at the issues and policies that are being pushed by the candidates. Please, no more rubbish about Obama's blackness, Hilary's cleavage or Edward's hair. How about Bush's laziness, Cheney's incompetence and Rove's dishonesty?

Posted by: danieljones1 | August 14, 2007 12:14 AM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201300016&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1300016%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

I'm an Obama supporter.

Anyway, while I wouldn't doubt that H Clinton is capable of dirty politics, I think all this is helpful for Obama. It puts him in the news in a relatively non-controversial context. White voters that may have latent racism may be comforted that Obama isn't "too black." Cynicle, but it could help him. Further, liberals may be more likely to support him in the nomination if they are reminded continuously that he is THE BLACK CANDIDATE. We are the Democratic party, after all. It could help some liberals to pull away from supporting the FIRST WOMAN and go with the other minority.

Really, Obama is so far behind, I think this news is good news.

I doubt black voters are really going to conclude that Obama isn't black enough anyway. That's silly, in my opinion. If there is any doubt, bringing his wife out might change anyone's mind. She at least, is a strong black woman. (I realise that is patronizing or whatever, but that's the archetype she seems to fall into -- or at least that's how it seems to me.)

Regardless, go Obama!

Posted by: zyl1298 | August 13, 2007 10:04 PM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201299863&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1299863%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

One of two things is going on.
One is maybe it is like democrats vs republicans. Because Obama appeals to so many whites they look suspiciously at it. Like how Obama appeals to so many republicans, some democrats look at him suspiciously.
that or
Hillary's camp is working overtime to keep this story going to raise doubts in African Americans minds about Obama. Hillary is a very underhanded divider.
My guess is the last one.

Posted by: vwcat | August 13, 2007 9:29 PM | Who's Asking?%20%20|%20%201299813&body=%0D%0D%0D%0D%0D================%0D?__mode=view%26_type=comment%26id=1299813%26blog_id=322">Report abuse

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