Why is the first black president of the United States moving his wife and daughters into a hotel two weeks before he is inaugurated? When I first heard about this story, I tried and tried to understand that it was a conflict of calendars, and that it would be resolved in an acceptable manner. But the closer we get to inauguration day, the more it incenses me that President Bush couldn’t or wouldn’t move other things around to accommodate the next leader of the free world.
President-elect Obama is being called on by journalists, politicians, this blog and all the people who supported his candidacy and participated in his election to step up and lead our country, since our current leadership is morally bankrupt (Vice President Cheney) and intellectually challenged (President Bush) or intellectually bankrupt and morally challenged (Secretary of State Rice), and hence unable to meet their respective responsibilities both at home and around the world.
While I do believe that the appointment of Roland Burris to fill Barack Obama’s Senate seat was racially calculated by an alleged corrupt politician, I don’t think it was racist (though I did make that assessment initially). And while I don’t think that forcing the President-elect to conduct world affairs around the scheduled continental breakfast at the Hay-Adams, or to have the doorman get him a cab over to see House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, I do have to ask: if he were visibly Caucasian (because we all know he’s white, too) would he be moving into Blair House this weekend?