For many years, American Presidents were viewed as being white and powerful leaders. Why were they only white? Is it because Americans felt Blacks were not smart enough to run a country on their own? African Americans were viewed as less dominate people and have been discriminated because of the color of their skin. In 2008, Barack Obama was elected President of the United States making him the first black president ever. In this paper, I will discuss how Barack makes a change and if America can accept him as our first black president.
Other main issues were health care, energy and illegal immigrants. Obama stated numerous times during on the campaign trial that all Americans should have health care coverage they can afford. While McCain focused more on health insurance by compelling them to make prices within American’s means and make them feel protected with everyone receiving the same tax benefits. On energy, both candidates opposed drilling in the Alaska refuge but that is where the similarities end. McCain supporters during his rallies would chant, “drill, baby, drill” which gave much insight on his views on energy (Balz, 2009, 206). He supported the expansion of offshore drilling and the increased use of renewable sources such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. In principle, Obama said he didn’t oppose expansion of nuclear power but said it had to be done carefully and cost-effectively. The Republican platform had no
Race has played a central role in politics of the United States of America. In America, the Issue of race surfaces in various sectors. After winning the 200 elections, George W Bush was advised to work on improving his minority votes if he wanted to win the next elections. In 2008, race was a major issue in the in the presidential campaigns involving the then-candidate Barack Obama. As a candidate, Barack Obama wanted to establish himself out of race put this was not possible. The notion that white voters hold the popularity status while the minority races play a secondary role, found itself in the center of the US politics in 2008. Even before the recent political environment. Race has existed in the USA and some of its roots can be traced
President Barack Obama did many things to get to the positions he is at now.” Obama himself struggled with his mixed-race identity and sought to figure out how he fit in with the rest of the world”(Source B). He also had many problems growing up and many complications to get through school since he didn’t have much money. But Obama showed great appreciation for the things he had. He went out in his community becoming a great leader. Not only did he go out in his community and be a leader, But he showed great leadership, as a senate and as a president.Barack Obama was more than just an ordinary President, but he showed great leadership, hard work and cared for others than himself.
After centuries of racial injustice and 43 white presidents, Obama enters office in the history making election. Racial barriers in the government fall as the last position in office to never have had an African American succeed it had seated Obama. In “Barack Obama to be America's first black president,” Ewen MacAskill, Suzanne Goldenberg, and Elana Schor report Obama’s win by a landslide in electoral votes with “338 electoral votes to McCain's 129.” With states so keen on Obama winning, the country has taken a huge step from racial oppression exhibited in Wright’s time. A big part of Obama’s victory was due to the blacks who voted as in the article, “Obama Elected President as Racial Barrier Falls,” Adam Nagourney states, “Mr. Obama benefited from a huge turnout of voters, but particularly among blacks. That group made up 13 percent of the electorate, according to surveys of people leaving the polls, compared with 11 percent in 2006.” Blacks have stepped up and made their voices heard through the votes in comparison to Wright’s time. Instead of writing about how blacks around him have submitted to an inferior position placed by whites, he would write about how they have joined together to place a black person in the highest position in government. It is an immense change from when blacks had to give into Jim Crow laws to
The authors said “President Obama won – he won much more than an election – by not losing” because he will be able to maintain his policies and their survival in the following years after his election. This also prevented Republicans to pursue their own agenda of limiting government expansion and power and allowed things like Obamacare and increased federal spending to take place.
I think white supremacy was an important factor when obama went into office because he is a african american man and a lot of caucasian men and women hated him and everything he did but yet a lot of black and hispanic people voted for him and like the changes he did so that's when the division of race in america started.
The election of President Obama marks the most noteworthy political accomplishment for African Americans in the United States during the post-civil rights revolution, thus bringing about a change in the country’s social and political landscape that was steeped in racial discrimination since the founding of this great nation. Because social and political conditions are subject to constant change, President Obama’s
The United States elected an African-American president in 2009. This election has been touted as the biggest leap for African-Americans and their place in society. There are others in the United States who dislikes President Obama solely for his skin color. The election did not solve the cultural diversity issues in the United States. The election did, however, open the door much wider to some of its citizens by making it socially acceptable to have an African American in a leadership role.
In the year 2008 the world was a much different place. Before countless racial protests and riots in streets, before NFL players knelt during the National Anthem for what they believed in, and before our president spoke of nonsensical chauvinistic principles on a regular basis, our country appeared to have a greater sense of unification. This unifying bond between the American people was due in part by Barack Obama, whose entire campaign to become president may have been the most difficult struggle for anybody in the lineage of presidential candidates to go through. As part of his strategy to win over voters and soothe the skepticism of whites who may have had any doubting questions, Obama gave this speech on race; a speech which still
However, Secretary Clinton must find ways to preserve this level of support. African American voter turnout had record highs of 65% and 66% in ’08 and ’12 respectively (Walter,1). While this turnout was a piece of a larger trend, the chance to vote for the first black President could have overinflated these numbers. Obama pulled down 95% and 93% of the black vote in the general elections, and Sec. Clinton must find a way to replicate those results. She will not have the support based on shared demographics that the president benefitted from. The secretary is a rich white woman and that demographic difference from her predecessor will require her to find different ways to connect to this voting bloc. Specifically, she will need to run a color conscious campaign, in contrast to the relatively color blind campaigns that the President ran.
While Obama is campaigning for the upcoming presidential election, many citizens have voiced their opposition to re-electing him into office. The economy’s downward spiral over the last four years has affected his loss of votes and now the
President Barack Obama performed a speech in 2008 while running for president , the speech addressed his race and the recent remarks made about him being African American. President Obama stated that race was an issue during the campaign and they have either said that he was too black, or not black enough to be president. So why did it take so long to get someone of another race into office, African Americans are just as smart as European Americans and they have just as much capability, President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize. This could also be linked to the long history of racial discrimination that still lingers in America today.
There was three ways “A Dream Fulfilled: The Story Barack Obama” impressed me. One way he impressed me, was how he handle being biracial at the time period of the civil rights movement. Barack having a Kenyan Father and a White American Mother during the middle of the civil rights movement. For example, the book describes Barack resist being a racist himself because at this time everyone is pointing fingers at each other. He stays clear and still be accepting to other. Another way he impressed me, that he’s genuinely wants to help people. He was just in it to become president for selfish reasons. For example, he was a community organizer. The job has low pay and work with stubborn people. He accepted this job because he truly wanted to help