I support Hillary Clinton though every time I see or hear Barack Obama on a videoclip or television, I am deeply impressed. But if I were to vote for him, it would be for his mother, or what I read about her in the International Herald Tribune. What a remarkable woman. Obama seems far more conventional than his mother.
This is such a wonderful picture of them together. (Photo International Herald Tribune)
Of course, he couldn’t have it easy being the child of such an idealistic woman. Living in different cultures, finding his own identity, there were issues he faced that might have never surfaced if he were born into a more conventional family. It’s revealing he has not followed in his mother’s footsteps, sparing his children the same experience.
I admire Obama, so I hope his supporters won’t mind this. But I am surprised Hillary had to apologise for what her supporter Geraldine Ferraro said: "If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman, he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept."
Isn’t that true? Won’t Obama make history if he becomes the first African American president? Won’t he make history just by winning the Democratic nomination? Isn’t part of his appeal his multiracial heritage?
There is no other leader in the news who can make the same claim. It is one of the things that makes him exceptional. It has galvanised the African Americans and attracted so many others that he is the frontrunner in the Democratic race. And when somebody points that out, apologies are called for? Strange.
Even calling him "lucky" doesn’t detract him from his powerful appeal for he is fortunate indeed to possess such charisma. It’s a gift which can’t be earned by hard work.
I just wish this skirmishing ended and Hillary and Obama became running mates for the November election.