I kept meaning to write this earlier – the day after our election, when Barack Obama was elected to office – but things have been busy.
As a very quick note, it has been interesting seeing how after the election, a lot more has been made of the fact that he will be the first African-American president ever. Yes, it was brought up before, especially in the context of how the “you can do anything you want in America” would have a whole lot more meaning should he gain office. But for the most part people and pundits talked about how the issue was the best person for the job, the person most capable of fixing the economy, etc.
But just hours after he was declared the winner it was all about race. Very interesting.
Even more interesting was that on CNN’s “best political team” of analysts, the one African-American among them, when asked about the significance of the election, talked about how it was really about the voters picking the person they thought was best for the job. The other four analysts all talked about race.