Obama's coronation is certainly not the realization of Martin Luther King's vision.
King's "I have a dream" speech envisioned a world in which a man would be judged not by the color of his skin, but the content of his character.
But Obama's election came about not in spite of his race, but because of it.
Geraldine Ferraro, was correct in saying that Obama was "given a pass" because he was black, and that no white candidate, man or woman, could ever have overcome the handicap of his unscripted verbal gaffs, shady associations, and astonishing lack of experience.
While I sincerely hope that he will govern from the center, and turn out to be greater than the sum of his parts, his election was the direct result not of color-blindness, but very color-conscious racism on the part of blacks, guilt-stricken liberal whites, and many who just wanted the novelty of a black man in the White House.
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