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In an earlier post, addressed to our President, I stated:

"Mr. President, I know you like to reach across the aisle. I know you admire Lincoln. I also know that being our first African American President, a president I have fought for- from writing my columns to poll watching- I know that perhaps your race has caused some hesitation to your leadership... i.e you never wanted to make 'waves.'"

The comment regarding race drew a bit of fire from several readers.
As a father of 5 ethnically mixed children, raised in the south, and extended time living overseas- I cannot/will not discount one's race as a strong factor in how one see's himself/herself nor how that self-perception affects their interaction in society. It is a strong part of who they are.

My first problem after President Obama's 2008 win was his inaction on Wall St., specifically keeping Geithner. Then drones, etc. We all know that most of the problems of his presidency, and historically our nation is at the turning point demographically (thank God), will be looked upon as a failure due to the house.

But.. to not think that race plays a part, whether it be the ruthless bigots on one side of the aisle- or a president aware of this component of his makeup- and taking a moderate path accordingly, is short sighted or denial.

Being our first African American President was a big, big deal- for us, for the nation, for the world.. and for our President. Of course this might have played a part in molding a moderate path.

And me? - I got to progressive and took a left, 20 years ago, so this isn't coming from... never mind

And... first and foremost, he is my President- and I unflinchingly support him.

And God bless and protect the victims of the horrific shooting yesterday.

m.martin, assoc editor,  

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