An AA President for the USA!

@saierchok (1294)
United States
July 16, 2008 3:40am CST
guys I'm sorry to bring this up, but is the USA really ready to have an Africa American as a president?? I need some help on this!
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@060157 (1060)
• Pakistan
16 Jul 08
yes if they give him the votes that ll mean they want him as the leader. what kinda help u want? =P cant believe that america is going to have a black president huh?
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@saierchok (1294)
• United States
16 Jul 08
well, if you have viewed my previous discussions you would have seen that I'm a barack obama supporter, not to mention me campaigning for him abroad! but the thing is that I'm viewing some really disturbing articles on the net that make me wonder, why would such things be written!
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• Egypt
16 Jul 08
i do not the color is important i think the important is to be good man try to make USA better place and make the world better place by stop wars in Iraq and the other countries and i think the white amircans will agree with this cuz they are a lot and they wanna whit man to control them so that makes obama need for more black people to support him
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
16 Jul 08
Hello Saierchok, If I understand the intent behind this post, you are concerned that the USA is not ready for an "African American" president because of the recent "New Yorker" cartoon? Since your profile indicates that you hail from Syria, and that you may have studied in Armenia, Lebanon, and Syria, I'm inclined to ask if are you inquiring if the USA is ready for any possible black-skinned president? Or, are you inquiring about whether we're ready for a possible president with current first generation familial ties to Africa? Or, a possible president with first generation familial ties to Islamic Africa? There is quite a distinction between the three questions. I ask because there was nothing disparaging about Sen. Obama's skin color in the caricature. The disparaging references were to his alleged ties to Islam. In answer your question, let me ask you if you are aware that Barack Obama is not the only black man currently running for U.S. President? Alan Keyes is also in the running, under the banner of "Independent". Incidentally, I refuse to use the designator "African-American" in the same sentence with "Presidential candidate". No man or woman running for the Office of the President should ever be other than simply "American". http://www.alankeyes.com/ These two black men represent polar opposites of the political spectrum. They are both having trouble garnering majority support because their views ARE so polarizing -- not because of the color of their skin. In answering your question from a personal perspective, I would say that 'Yes' the USA is open to a presiding executive who happens to be black. We are also ready for a 'woman president'. Just not the current choices. The fact of the matter is that many Americans urged Condoleeza Rice to run for the Office of the President. And, she happens to be black and a woman! If Americans allowed themselves to choose a president based on skin color, or gender, then we would deserve the mantle of bigotry that is often erroneously attributed to us. As far as I'm concerned, most Americans are indeed above that kind of petty nonsense! We choose our Executive based on experience, sound judgement, commitment to the foundation of our system of governance, and the willingness to represent all 300 million of us -- not just one or two special interests and minority ideologues. We never get a 'perfect' candidate, because it's impossible to please all of the people, all of the time. So, we choose as wisely as possible -- where skin color should be of no consideration at all. There is certainly a segment of 'hold outs', who could never consider a person who 'looks different' as the commander in chief. Yet, I'm quite confident that the majority of Americans would not discount someone because of their skin color. Alhough, we absolutely will discount a candidate based on polarizing ideology -- which is the case with Obama and Keyes. There is also a segment of Americans who would seemingly support a candidate based on minority status -- I reference the many who have repeated the fallacy that Obama is the first black candidate. There have been many American, black-skinned candidates who have run for the office of president, both male and female. Below is a link to women around the globe who have run for their highest offices. You'll see quite a few black, Americans on this list. If you peruse this list, you'll find that quite a few of the black women who have run for US President, did so under the banner of the Democratic Party. Yet, each were ruled out by the Democratic Party (not America as a whole) through the primary process. Whether the Democrats ruled these black candidates out because of skin color, or gender, or because there were better qualified candidates must be considered on an individual basis. Which is what our elections our elections are always supposed to be about -- vetting the most qualified candidate! http://www.guide2womenleaders.com/Candidates1870.htm Hmmm, isn't it interesting that the "New Yorker" is allegedly a strong supporter of Sen. Obama? The magazine has defended the cartoon as an act of satire. I guess the folks at the "New Yorker" didn't consider how non-Americans would see it. As such, the "New Yorker" definitely gets the 'dunce cap' for this boneheaded move!
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
16 Jul 08
Oh, and I'm just curious: What do you mean when you say that you are campaigning for Barack Obama overseas?
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
17 Jul 08
Hello Kennyrose, Thank you very much for the kind words! I tend to agree that Barack Obama has raised significant 'red flags' for me as well. Though most certainly NOT because of the color of his skin!!! I cannot say that our reasons are identical, though they are certainly parallel! I plan to withhold further comment until we hear back from Saierchock. Based on the vague nature of the original post, none of us can really be sure what Saierchock is asking. So, while I am deeply honored by your follow-up, I would urge that we give Saierchock a reasonable time frame to clarify what his or her inquiry is really all about. Does that sound like a plan to you, Kennyrose?
• Canada
17 Jul 08
The key word here is AMEICAN!!!!! As long as the President is an AMERICAN it shouldn't matter what kind of AMERICAN she or he is.
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@Zmugzy (773)
16 Jul 08
Of course. Well they should be ready, I mean, how long does it take? Like some have already said, colour of skin should not be an issue. I think he will be the next president.
@anniepa (27238)
• United States
16 Jul 08
I think the USA is ready although it's quite obvious there are some people in the USA who aren't ready for anyone who looks different from our past Presidents or has a name that sounds different, thus the disgusting viral email campaigns circulating all over the internet this past year. My personal theory, and this is only my opinion, is that some on the far right feel so threatened by Obama's appeal and they're well aware that the mood isn't very good for the GOP this year so they think their only chance at beating him is to make up stories and take anything and everything they can dig up out of context. They're preying on people's fears just as the Bush Administration did in 2004. There certainly are too many racists and bigots in this country but in my opinion ONE is one too many, but there are those who would never admit they won't vote for someone who looks different but if someone accuses him of having ties to terrorists, then they have their excuse. It's certainly true that Obama isn't the first African American or black person to run for President just as Hillary Clinton isn't the first woman to run but the truth is they are both the first candidates respectively to have a serious chance at winning either the nomination of a major party or the general election. I honestly believe, at least I sincerely HOPE, that after this year, regardless of the outcome in November doors will open for more "minority" candidates who will be taken totally seriously and maybe someday soon we'll even have a woman or an African American candidate and nobody will talk about anything other than the issues or refer to them as anything other than "Americans". Annie
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