Why is Obama being called the first black president?

United States
November 5, 2008 9:21am CST
Why is Obama being called the first black president? People seem to forget he has at least 50% white in him. When you say that he is the first black president, aren't you forgetting that he is white? But then Obama forgets he is white. He prefers to forget he is white unless he needs to make a commerical or it is in his best interest.
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@cream97 (29175)
• United States
5 Nov 08
Because, his skin does not look like the same color as white people's skin.. White people see him as a black man.... Think about my point, and you will understand why Obama is called the first black president! Even though Obama is mixed, but Caucasian people see him as an pure 100% African American..
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@newtondak (3950)
• United States
5 Nov 08
But what a slap in the face to his white mother - the mother that raised him. His African American father was not involved in his life.
• United States
5 Nov 08
His father is not even African American. Cream speak for yourself...I do not see him as 100% African American because he isn't...he prefers to lean in that direction because want blacks who would not normally vote, to get out of bed in the morning and vote for him. He told them to take off the whole day, too.
• United States
5 Nov 08
That comment is pretty bad you know cream. I do not see him as 100% black. Never have. I have seen him how most of people in this country are... a mix of different cultures and races.
• United States
5 Nov 08
People use the words "black" and "African American" interchangeably. And he is the most african american person out there: his father was african and his mother was american. And most "black" people aren't just one race anyhow! I consider myself to be black, but I have cherokee blood. My mother even considers herself to be black and she's half cherokee!!
@newtondak (3950)
• United States
5 Nov 08
I would respect him more if he were saying he is the first biracial President - because that is what he is. Granted, a lot of this is coming from his supporters and the media, but I feel he is somewhat disrespecting the memory of his white mother - the person who actually raised him.
@irishidid (8116)
• United States
5 Nov 08
It's amazing what the genes do to make the outcome of a person. I have a neighbor with bi-racial children. They're part black and white but if you saw them you would swear they were Hispanic. My adopted niece is Hispanic and her children are bi-racial, they look Hispanic. Then there are those people who can't see beyond black and white. Okay, it isn't the same thing but I have experienced something close to this attitude with my son. In a family of dark haired, dark eyed people here is this one blond haired, blue eyed boy. I went to pick him up from school and they made me prove I was his mother because I wasn't a blonde! They knew me as my daughter's mother, but not my son's.
• United States
6 Nov 08
I also have chrokee in my blood. My grandmother and her mother was both cherokee indians.
@ctrymuziklvr (11063)
• United States
5 Nov 08
Your guess is as good as mine! I think it's because people only see the color of our skin and nothing else. Of course he's not actually black...how ridiculous right?
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• United States
5 Nov 08
He is really brown in color....I think he relates to be black more than white.
@rsa101 (13337)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
Well it is indeed the first amongst the presidents of your country isn't it. Most presidents of your country are mostly caucasians or is there any other presidents that was not all white. I think its Obama who broke the traditional way of choosing who will be the next president.
• United States
7 Nov 08
The issue is that Obama is half white and that part does not seem to be celebrated.
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@rsa101 (13337)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
Well maybe because it is already a known fact that most president of your country is white already and Obama is indeed the first black or mixed race president you've placed in there.
• United States
5 Nov 08
I really do not know what the big deal about his race. I have heard his father was part black and part arab. So if that is true than he is part white, black and arab. But does it really matter. I did not vote for him. But I am kinda tired of hte whole race issue. But my dad brought up a good point. It has hard to tell a black child that you can be anything you want to be and then they look at the history of our presidents and see all white men faces. So I guess we have to work on a woman next so that our daughters can see that it is possible too. Because all they see when they look at all of our presidents are men.
@newtondak (3950)
• United States
5 Nov 08
I firmly believe that the women that ran in this election aren't going anywhere - we will see them again.
• United States
5 Nov 08
He made this election about race by saying he did not want it to be about race. He did want it to be about race. He wanted the black vote. He wanted people who felt they never had a reason to vote before because there was never a presidential candidate of color...to get out of bed and vote. Even his wife said that black people will wake up? Gee, I feel cheated. She forgot about his white side.
@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
7 Nov 08
I was wondering that as well as you. I think Obama wants it that way, I think historians want it that way and I think the press wants it that way. It is just like the 'first man to get pregnant' ...hello you have female anatomy and you are a female. our press does not report the news...they write it and twist any way they want/
• United States
7 Nov 08
The press is all messed up these days. You have to be careful what you listen to.
@lanina911 (104)
• United States
6 Nov 08
The reason he is called the first black president is purely scientific. Lets say I have two bunnies (male and female) one is black and one is white. Now lets say they reproduce. If they have five bunnies there is a higher chance of all the bunnies coming out black, unless the black bunny has a recessive trait. Now back to Obama. His mother was white but his father was black, and while no one is PURELY black anymore black is still a dominant trait. That is when you see bi-racial children most of them consider themselves to be black. People float to other people who are most like them. In this case Barack Obama drifted to african americans because he looked like them more than he looked like Caucasians. I myself am part indian but I don't go around telling people that. So the answer to your question of why Obama is being called the first black president is because he is.
• United States
7 Nov 08
I don't think it is very wise of him to forget his white side.
@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
6 Nov 08
That's funny, I was wondering the same thing.
• United States
6 Nov 08
It is because he leans in that direction. He purposely tries to appeal to blacks. Even though he and I do not share the same values, I would have more respect for him if he did not do that. The church he attended is a fine example of how he feels about whites...so are the words he uses, "typical white folks." Yet, that never bothered the white people who voted for him.
• United States
6 Nov 08
that's not fair regardless of his color/race, he is the first of his kind mixed/african american man(black man)to be named the president of the usa, and have you ever heard him denounce that he's mixed he's not saying that it is his people they are just proud but i'm fairly sure that he know who he is, and where he came from...
• United States
6 Nov 08
He is not that supportive of his white side. He uses the words--"typical white people" and he went to a church for 20 years that hates white people.
@AmbiePam (44597)
• United States
5 Nov 08
I noticed that too. I mean he is the first President to be half black, but I've noticed that kind of thing in other areas as well. When Halle Berry won an Oscar, everyone said she was the first black female woman to win a Best Actress Oscar. Yet they flashed to her white mother when Halle was giving her acceptance speech. It's a milestone, although it doesn't appear to be recognized in the totally correct way.
• United States
6 Nov 08
Exactly, it is insulting because they are forgetting the other side should be represented, too.
@newtondak (3950)
• United States
5 Nov 08
I am not understanding this either. When he continuously through his campaign said that this election was not about race, now that he has won, it is ALL about race - all about what a historic event it is that he has been elected the first African American president. I somewhat see this all as a slap in the face to his white mother who raised him. From my understanding, he had very little to do with his father (or maybe I should say his father had very little to do with him) through his life, but he's certainly capitalizing on that heritage now.
• United States
5 Nov 08
You are right...and you will see what that means in the next four years. It won't be pretty.