Thursday, January 31, 2008

Obama: Vote for me because I'm black

The Clintons have frequently (and correctly) been accused of playing the race card in recent weeks. Obama has responded by trying to claim the high ground and make the Clintons look slimy and small. He has succeeded in this, I think.

But Obama is not above making his race work for him when it suits him:

[Barack Obama] asked the audience to imagine what it would mean for the country to see him with his hand on the Bible, taking the presidential oath of office.

"Our children will look at themselves differently and their possibilities differently. They'll look at each other differently," he said.

It's hard to see this as anything but an attempt by Obama to remind us that he would be the first black president. It's a cheap, emotional appeal, of course. Vote for him, not because he's the best candidate or because of his policies (which are nearly identical to Hillary Clinton's), but because we can make history and inspire the country.

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