Obama hoping to woo East Bay's melting pot (Inside Bay Area): And, in the end, while many African Americans are personally rooting for him, some think the presidency still may be out of reach given the complex political formulas it takes to win the job.
"There is no precedent for it. I'd love to be wrong," said Charles Henry, professor of African-American studies at the University of California, Berkeley. "I'm certainly backing Barack Obama because I do think he takes us down the road but if you look at recent politics, it's white male Southern governors who've won."
There is indeed an African American running for President of the United States. Where Jesse Jackson was outrageously shunned by the Dems in 1984, not unlike Howard Dean's attempt in 2004 to push the Dems in a more progressive direction, it might be a new day. Independents should speak out. -NH