Perceptions and Obama
Barack Obama, still facing perceptions in the African-American community that he is not "black" enough (his mother is white and his father is from Kenya and he comes from a life of privilege), the Illinois senator is facing a new problem. An amateur genealogist is advancing the theory that a couple of Obama's ancestors owned slaves. I can see the enthusiasm for the nation's first "African-American" president being decidedly muted should the theory be proven true, can't you?
Perhaps it would be more accurate to say that Obama would be the first "American-African" president–though that doesn't quite have the same ring, does it? Maybe the simplest solution is for Obama to pay reparations ... to Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.