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Quote of the Day: “Obama Will Be the First Black President, Not the Black President First”

January 5th, 2009 by MarkTwain · No Comments

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“I’m not only a client, I’m the club president”

Here’s an excerpt from a Washington Post piece written today by “Clueless” Cleaver. The Reverend/Congressman seems to be doing his best Jesse Jackson impersonation:

“But brothers and sisters of hue, we must be candid: Race relations in America are far from sublime. Despite Obama’s election, there are still Americans who, like the ole Missouri mule, are awful backward about going forward. It would be absurd not to expect high-profile acts of racism to continue to occur, just as always. Obama’s administration won’t have the power to prevent them; no administration could. Yes, such situations will now be addressed by an Obama-appointed attorney general, but they also must continue to be dealt with by civil rights organizations and, frankly, by each of us. The duty of the many cannot become the responsibility of the one, even if the one is a black president.

Obama surely knows that he owes enormous gratitude to the huge numbers of black Americans who toiled in his campaign and came out to the polls to help to elect him. I think every African-American supporter of Obama can safely assume that Obama will do everything within his power to create a level playing field for all Americans by ensuring that they have a government that is just and fair.

But it is important to note that Obama will not be the nation’s highest-profile civil rights leader. He will be the leader of the free world.” Read more…

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