January 18th, 2010
By Christopher Chantrill, American Thinker
Obama’s character is very suspect
On the holiday celebrating Martin Luther King’s birthday we celebrate also the first year of America’s first black president, Barack Obama.
It’s telling that 47 years ago, when Reverend King made his great speech on the Washington Mall, he did not say that he had a dream that one day, an African American would become president. King’s vision on August 28, 1963 was less ambitious:
I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
Even so, Barack Obama was elected president based on the color of his skin. African Americans on the night of November 4, 2008 wept with joy because one of their own had become president, against all that they had been told and feared about a racist America. Liberals rejoiced because of the “first,” that America had answered the question: Was it ready for a black president?
Some Americans voted for Barack Obama for non-racial reasons. Independents and disgruntled Republicans were voting against the mistakes and the corruption of the Bush era.
Now that Obama is president he is no longer being judged by the color of his skin. Now the vast majority of Americans will judge him on the content of his character. It is his character, of course, that is the great unknown, as Charles Krauthammer has written: “Obama is a man of first-class intellect and first-class temperament. But his character remains highly suspect.”