1) Morgan Freeman: Obama Not ‘First Black President’
Just when we think the birth certificate issue was put aside, for good.
Just when we think we are past:
—Obama’s college transcript, Obama’s pot smoking habit in college, Romney’s teen-age bullying in high school
—Obama’s religion (Muslim or Christian), Romney’s Mormon religion
Just when we think we can instead concentrate on the real issues of this election:
—economy: when the real recovery will happen? Or have we been already in Obama’s recession?
—jobs or lack of jobs
—China’s aggression with its neighbors like Vietnam, Philippines in the East Sea and its manipulation of North Korea in missile testing and nuclear weapon program
Just when we think we are past all those…Morgan Freeman dropped a bomb on us.
During a NPR interview, quote taken from a cnn.com blog with my emphasis added, Freeman said “First thing that always pops into my head regarding our president is that all of the people who are setting up this [racial] barrier for him … they just conveniently forget that Barack had a mama, and she was white — very white American, Kansas, middle of America. There was no argument about who he is or what he is. America’s first black president hasn’t arisen yet. He’s not America’s first black president, he’s America’s first mixed-race president.”
Morgan Freeman was making a point that he thought some people have been opposing Obama because of his race—i.e. because he is African-American.
The idea is as absurd as the thought that people will not vote for Romney because he is a Mormon.
2) We—Americans—have come a long way
In 2008, my VP choice before Sen. McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin was Condoleezza Rice—not because she is a woman nor an African-American.
I liked her then, and now, because she is an intelligent policy maker. I liked her then, and now, because she served the nation well as the President’s National Security Advisor and as the Secretary of State.
(Just for the record, I still believe Romney will make a great pick of VP if he chooses Rice now)
And, I would not vote for her just because she is an African-American female.
And, for the record, I will not vote for Obama because:
—his policies have failed
—and he’s always blamed someone else first instead of the ‘man in the mirror’
False Hope has led us astray. And we can’t continue Forward on the wrong path.
And now we can only (and must) Change—the man in the oval office.