Acknowledging that his presidential campaign has opened a racial debate, Sen. Barack Obama, who has a white mother and an African father, says if you look African-American, you are treated like one. Obama and his wife, Michelle, who also addresses the race issue, appear in an interview with Steve Kroft to be broadcast on 60 MINUTES, Sunday Feb. 11 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS television Network. If, as expected, Obama declares his formal candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination tomorrow, it will be his first interview to be broadcast after that event.
I guess this means CBS is supporting Obama? I mean, after all, when they get ya on 60 Minutes, aren’t you suppose to be a sure thing? 🙂
When asked by Kroft if growing up in a white household had caused him to make a decision to be black, Obama replies, “I’m not sure I decided it. I think… if you look African American in this society, you’re treated as an African-American.Ó “It’s interesting though, that now I feel very comfortable and confident in terms of who I am and where I stake my ground. But I notice that… I’ve become a focal point for a racial debate,” says Obama.
That has got to be the dumbest question I’ve ever heard. His mother is white, his father is black, he grew up in a “white” household so they ask him if that’s why he decided to be black? I wasn’t aware households had a color. He’s bi-racial, but who cares? I’m of Irish and Native American descent, but I’m an American no matter what my heritage. It doesn’t matter! I’m not qualified to be POTUS either.
Obama’s wife also addresses the race issue when asked by Kroft whether she fears for her husband’s life as a black candidate. “I don’t lose sleep over it because the realities are that… as a black man… Barack can get shot going to the gas station,” says Michelle Obama. “You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.”
White people get shot going to the gas station too. Why are they harpy on his skin tone? Shouldn’t they be talking about his stand on taxes or healthcare or the war?
Will being African-American hold him back as a candidate? “No…. If I don’t win this race it will be because of other factors –[that] I have not shown to the American people a vision for where the country needs to go that they can embrace,” Obama tells Kroft.
Let’s face it! I won’t be voting for Senator Obama. NOT because of the color of his skin, but because he does not share my views on the world, in basically ALL areas. I don’t give a happy crap if he’s chartreuse. It shouldn’t matter to anyone else either. Would he make a good leader of the “free world”? Personally, I don’t think so. I’m not saying he wouldn’t when he’s more “seasoned”, although his views aren’t likely to mesh with mine in the future either.
Can we please move beyond skin color?