Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Today's Cartoon: Barak Obama Wades into 2008 Presidential Race

In the United States, the "presidential race" has always been white, so if Barack Obama wants to run to become the first black president, then he needs to remember that "race" is not an issue that is going to endear himself with enough Americans to win the "White" House.

You see, for those who are already hesitant to vote for Obama because of his ethnicity, they only have to look at his political record (or lack thereof) to find a convenient and less offensive excuse for not electing him. So, instead of saying that they won't elect Obama because he's black, they can simply say that they won't do it because he is "green".

And then of course there is the issue of his name; and how easily it can be mistaken for "Osama".

Look, as unfair as it may sound, if Barack Obama wants to become President of the United States, he should not use (or allow the media to continue using) his race as the main focus of his campaign; because that is not the reason why Americans would decide to vote for him. Instead, all that bringing up "race" serves to do is distract people away from actually looking at his platform and making an informed decision, rather than looking at him and making an "instinctive" one.

However, if Obama does decide to play the "race card" during his presidential bid, he may want to flip it over to reveal the white side as well.

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2 Comments:

Blogger David said...

I think he's doing pretty alright for himself if you ask me.

11:09 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Yeah, but you have to remember that a year and a half ago (when this cartoon was published)the media considered him a long shot and had all but anointed Hilary Clinton.

That said, after eight disastrous years of the George W. Bush, the fact that the Democrats are not landsliding the Republicans in opinion polls tells me that Barak Obama may not be their best candidate.

Only time will tell I guess.

11:33 AM  

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