THE GROFF/ELLISON POLITICAL REPORT

Is He Immune?

Posted in Uncategorized by groffellison on November 12, 2008

Every four years African Americans ask the same question of the new or returning president, how diverse is your cabinet going to be?  In other words how many black folks will be sitting around the table?

The question this quadrennial takes on special spin since the President-Elect is an African American but is Barack Obama immune from this question and if not what happens if he doesn’t appoint any or one African American what should be said and who will say it?

An article in Politico touches on these questions and calls it “…a potentially dicey decision. Obama campaigned around the notion that old divisions should be consigned to the past, a belief his election underscores. But he also won withoverwhelming support from black Americans and is the very embodiment of the hopes and dreams of that community. To surround himself with a mostly white coterie of top advisers could turn off African-Americans.”

There are numerous and major policy issues that Obama will face on January 20th but there are also countless nuances that the first black President will have deal with that his previous 43 predecessors didn’t dream of or even think about.

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  1. Dredded One said, on November 13, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    It’s going to be a rocky road. I think he has to really keep his cool because otherwise his enemies will rise up and those that are on the fence will definitely turn anti-Obama.

    I think the biggest apolitical issue he’s going to face is if he doesn’t address any issues for Black America. He’ll be viewed as a Tom and a traitor so I hope he makes some kind of effort towards that direction.


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