Â Â Time Magazine and the LA Times, among others, posed the daunting question in February 2007, long before the junior senator from Illinois tossed his hat into the presidential ring, “Is Obama Black Enough?”Â The Time article concluded with theÂ puzzling observation that “Barack Obama’s real problem isn’t that he’s too white–it’s that he’s too black.”
Granted, the biracial Obama wasn’t as black as 50 Cent orÂ Michelle ObamaÂ but so what?Â Too black, too white, whatever.Â
The questions Time and others should have been asking were, Why in God’s holy name was this guy, Barack Hussein Obama, even being consideredÂ as “presidential material” after barely a year on the national stage?Â Â Why was a woefullyÂ inexperienced and untested individual being lionized by the MSM and touted as a possible nominee for the Democrat Party’s next entry into the presidential sweepstakes?Â
And, the most obvious unasked questions of all, Was Obama in fact being considered precisely because he was (partially) blackÂ and because he represented the best shot people of color had to win the presidency?Â Â Did his fans view his election as a way to finally and definitivelyÂ expiate their nagging white guilt?Â
If Obama were to beÂ nominated simply because of the color of his skin and not the content of his character, his qualifications and suitability for the presidency of the United States, wouldn’t that be termed racist in Martin Luther King Jr.’s lexicon?Â
The very reverend Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson would later question Obama’s black identity and credentials but at least Joe Biden accepted him for what he was, even if he was the “first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.”
Wouldn’t it also be racist and blatantly discriminatory to favor any particular group or groups for special treatment because of their color?
Two years after Obama’s election, black bloggers and journalists “were invited to the White House on Monday for a half-day of policy briefings by the presidentâ€™s advisers.Â . .Â the first half of their briefings was to be on background, meaning they could report any information they learned but not attribute it to any specific official; the second half was off the record entirely.”
Â The sitdown with Valerie Jarrett and the president himself didn’t exactly work out that way.Â Nor did the MSM even mention it in advance, possibly because some people, quite a number of people actually, might wonder why any White House meeting would be segregated with only blacks invited in Obama’s post-racial world.
There was no word on whether the president would conduct a whites-only policy briefing, the chances of which would be the equivalent of Obama declaring war on Canada.
In any event, according to the New York Times, the black journalists and bloggers from Essence and BET and ConcreteLoop.com “felt unbound by the ground rules” of the off-the-record chatfest.
ConcreteLoop posted a video clip of Obama: Â ”In itÂ the president stressed the importance of White House outreach to black media, especially blogs with large black followings. . . [and said]Â It allows us to reach audiences that may not be watching â€˜Meet the Pressâ€™ –not that thereâ€™s anything wrong with â€˜Meet the Press.â€™ Iâ€™m just saying that, you know, it might be a different demographic:â€ http://tiny.cc/5ygr6
Riiight.Â The black demographic without which John McCain would be president.
Perhaps Obama wanted to quell before November 2 any further rumors that he was not black enough so that his black constituency gets to the polls next month?Â
Ms. Jarrett promised “more meetings with black bloggers.”Â No meetings were promised for white or integrated bloggers.Â Maybe they will be held after that war with Canada.