Monday, January 30, 2017

President Obama's Legacy series

Our first bi-racial president's legacy includes Obama recognizing in a 2016 speech that change takes time but "We are not as divided as we seem." We've watched racial profiling and even police officers targeted in hate crimes, but cameras are now capturing many unjustified shootings of black men.

Multiracial in America
Many minorities doubt that either presidential candidate is capable, let alone interested, in resolving the racial tensions simmering just below the surface. Reality is getting stranger and stranger. A black, male friend of mine is worried about driving across country because he might get stopped by the police and never make it home.

Politics 4: Clinton vs. Trump
President Obama originally ran on the message of change in 2008, saying "Yes We Can." That message of hope was needed more than ever in 2012 after the Japan nuclear disaster, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and the rising death toll and violence in the Middle East.

Getting relected in 2012 was not a given. President Obama had to work for every vote he received.

Politics 3: Obama vs. Romney
Obama's first presidential race was strong and predictable. As a Senator from Illinois, Barack Obama gave the keynote address to the 2004 Democratic National Convention. He looked and sounded presidential, which introduced him to the national audience that voted for him in 2008.

Politics 2: Obama vs. McCain