Many Americans, including myself, hoped having a African-American president would bring the nation together and help heal racial divisions. In fact, even though I supported Senator John McCain in 2008, I quoted on this blog Senator McCain's concession statement where he said:
This is an historic election, and I recognize the special significance it has for African-Americans and for the special pride that must be theirs tonight.Too bad it didn't work out. Rather than heal the nation President Obama continues to divide us on race and is willing to appeal to those old prejudice to win reelection at any cost. He was not and is not the transformational President we had hoped for. He fooled many good Americans once, shame on him. Fool us twice shame on us.
I've always believed that America offers opportunities to all who have the industry and will to seize it. Sen. Obama believes that, too.
But we both recognize that, though we have come a long way from the old injustices that once stained our nation's reputation and denied some Americans the full blessings of American citizenship, the memory of them still had the power to wound.
A century ago, President Theodore Roosevelt's invitation of Booker T. Washington to dine at the White House was taken as an outrage in many quarters.
America today is a world away from the cruel and frightful bigotry of that time. There is no better evidence of this than the election of an African-American to the presidency of the United States.