I’m really ticked off,really offended by the things being said about “real Americans” bySarah Palin and others at her campaign rallies. It’s stupid and sickeningthat they are willing to use that kind of emotionally charged hate-mongering totry to further their campaign, but I’m sick of talking about her. I wantto talk about good stuff for a change. The following article illustrates one ofthe biggest reasons I support Obama and I hope people will read it and feelgood about the very likely outcome of this election.
Rebranding theU.S. With Obama
By NICHOLAS D.KRISTOF
The other dayI had a conversation with a Beijing friend and I mentioned that Barack Obamawas leading in the presidential race:
She: Obama?But he’s the black man, isn’t he?
She: Butsurely a black man couldn’t become president of the United States?
Me: It looksas if he’ll be elected.
She: Butpresident? That’s such an important job! In America, I thought blackswere janitors and laborers.
Me: No, blackshave all kinds of jobs.
She: What dowhite people think about that, about getting a black president? Are they upset?Are they angry?
Me: No, ofcourse not! If Obama is elected, it’ll be because white people voted forhim.
She: Really?Unbelievable! What an amazing country!
We’re beginning to get asense of how Barack Obama’s political success could change globalperceptions of the United States, redefining the American “brand”to be less about Guantánamo and more about equality….