January 7th, 2008
05:57 PM ET

Obama changing race relations?


Barack Obama addressing citizens of New Hampshire (Photo Credit: AP)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Barack Obama told cheering supporters in New Hampshire today, "You're the wave and I'm riding it." Boy, is he ever. Polls now show him with a commanding lead over Hillary Clinton ahead of tomorrow's primary.

Whether or not Obama ends up riding this wave all the way to the White House, it seems he will accomplish something extraordinary, and that is to leave an indelible mark on the age-old dialogue about race relations in this country.

Obama is black, but experts believe his win in Iowa, which is almost all white and rural, shattered what many people think about black Americans in national politics.

Conservative commentator George Will suggested that the two big losers are Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, who Will says have an investment in the "traditional and... utterly exhausted narrative about race relations in the United States." He says Americans are tired of so-called "identity politics", where people are defined by things like their ethnicity and gender.

Another sign that Obama's candidacy is something more: Fox News reports a lot of big-time black celebrities haven't announced their support of Obama yeT, people like Spike Lee, Denzel Washington, Quincy Jones, BET Chairman and founder Robert Johnson, Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr., authors Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison, and rappers "Diddy" and "Jay Z."

Here’s my question to you: How does Barack Obama's success so far in the campaign change the debate about race in this country?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Ruby writes:
I'm a 61-year old African American woman who has seen the worst of America's race relations. I did not support Obama at first because I thought his candidacy was sheer folly. But, after Iowa and maybe New Hampshire, I'm beginning to believe the America I learned about in school is finally here.

Essie from North Carolina writes:
I don't think Obama's race has been an issue at all. Color is not what comes to my mind when I see him. What I see is hope, change and opportunity.

Janice writes:
Great question! Finally someone talking about what Barack's success really means! Yes, this is America and people of ALL races, religions, and gender have equal opportunity! The "Jesse Jackson" race card group needs to find something else to fuss about or maybe get a real job! Uncle Tom died a long time ago, good riddance and may he Rest In Peace!

C. writes:
People would like to believe race is no longer an issue in America but sadly, it still is. That said, I think the support for Obama from all races and both genders is promising! I think the support for Obama is telling of how much the country is in trouble and the fact that people are willing to put personal prejudices aside and vote for a candidate that they believe will do what's best for the majority of middle class America.

Steven writes:
I haven't really thought much about race, as it relates to the Obama candidacy. I'm a Clinton supporter. However, if getting him elected would mean pushing a racist rabble rouser like Al Sharpton deep into the oblivion he deserves, I might be persuaded to vote for him. It is refreshing to have a black man (okay, 1/2 black) on the national stage without blaming the rest of the world for all of black society's problems.

Joanne in Boston writes:
Barack Obama has changed the debate about race this way: We are judging him by the content of his character, not the color of his skin.

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soundoff (380 Responses)
  1. D-Dog

    I cannot believe race is still an issue in the 21st century, I thought we were past that, isn't the major issue right now is World War 3 going on in the Middle East. Talk about are priorities being out of wack.

    January 7, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  2. Brian Nancoo - Trinidad

    He's not going to improve race relations now,people will think the same thoughts about race that they now have.He can have a profound impact on future race relations based on his level of success in two phases.The first phase will be to win the presidency.If he gets the nomination,which it seems likely now,and loses to the Republicans,it will be blamed on race and will damage race relations.If he wins the presidency and does not deliver on his promises,this will also be blamed on race and also damage race relations.This will be Jackie Robinson all over again,with one exception,Senator Obama will have every available hand ready to help him succeed – Congress,Wall Street etc.Jackie Robinson had the opposite.Time will tell,time always tells....

    January 7, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  3. Terry

    I believe we are beyond the race card, there are more important issues in this election to deal with we dont need to be looking at race or religion, lets pick the best person who can get us out of this mess.

    January 7, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  4. Rich, Fairview Texas

    I don't think it has changed anything one way or the other. This election is not about race or sex and never was. People that were and are racists and sexists will still be racists and sexists after it is over. America has come a long way since March 1866 when everyone but the American Indian got the right to vote and August of 1920 when Women were given that same right. When people vote in the 2008 election they will not be looking at skin color or sex they will be looking at capability and believability and knowledge and skill. This is no different then a patient being operated on by a doctor. It does not matter that the doctor wears a dress or what color they are they only need to be able to perform the operation successfully while preserving the dignity and the health of the patient. The candidate that possesses those skills will be the next president.

    January 7, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  5. Jonathan

    The debate is disappearing because most young people have grown up being taught that there really is no fundamental differences between people that have different amounts of skin pigmentation.

    January 7, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  6. Scott

    can you believe it jack? finally the nation relizes there is but one race,
    the human race. we all bleed red. the sun tone of our skin dosen't matter any more. were one AMERICA, and were mad as hell, we will make a statement
    in this election. by the way, a woman at the helm isn't a bad idea either.
    bowling green, mo.

    January 7, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  7. Larry from MO.


    Barack Obama does not know what the word race means. He does not know what a Republican or Democrat is. He does know what an American is. He will unite all Americans and solve the domestic and international problems by words like unity, peace, diplomacy. Race is not a word in the heart of Americans. Health care, gas prices, jobs, housing and peace are things that Barack Obama will address as President of the United States.

    January 7, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  8. Patricia

    Sen. Obama's success is due to the fact that he took his education & made it work for him. He used what our system offered him & with that he brought hope to those who believe the system won't work for them. Did race have anything to do with that? Yes.

    January 7, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  9. Adekunle Oladide

    I does serve as an indicator of better things to come, at least on the surface. The landscape is progress and Barrack is wheeling it. However it ain't over yet, only day-dreamers will think that!

    January 7, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  10. vicki

    Why does Barrack Obama claim to be black, when he is half white and half black. Isn't he denying the white part of himself when he calls himself a black man?

    Vicki Hopkins
    Queen Creek, Arizona

    January 7, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  11. Linda

    I grew up in NY, in the 60s, so my feelings about race are probably much more broad minded than those of someone who is older. I personally don't care what color someone is as long as he or she can get the job done. Senator Obama's success, so far, is a very good indication of the fact that most people in the US are sick and tired of the status quo and of this country being governed by politicians whose only interests are in themselves and the special interest groups. And, I am thrilled to see the younger Americans showing up in droves to express their opinions! We have to take our country back!

    January 7, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  12. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I believe Barack's success so far in this campaign doesn't change the debate about race it's the young people of all races who are making the change.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  13. Guy

    I am on the same page as George Will. I'm sure that Revs' Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton would be dissapointed to see Mr Obama succeed.......Perhaps that is why they have not publicly endorsed him yet. Back to [a real job] the church pulpit fellas!

    January 7, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  14. Richard Sternagel

    Jack, I think Senator Obama success indicates that race is not the sole factor in running for President and that stereotypes be they black or white are moderating in the country. Thank God for that!

    January 7, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  15. Marie K. Pollick

    Right on Jack. I gree with you and think Obama is just what this faltering country needs at this moment. "maire" pollick.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  16. Clara Hipp

    You really do hate Hillary don't you, Jack? It is truly a diffucult decision we have to make. What you saw as an angry outburst I saw as real passion and commitment. Yes, Obama MIGHT really bring some kind of change, but that was the reasoning of many when George Bush promised to "change Washington".

    As sincere as I believe both Obama and Edwards are, I do not think either of them realize just how diffucult (if not impossible) REAL change will be. At least in Hillary we know what we're getting.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  17. John

    Hillary's anger is probably going to help her – she is angry like many Americans that we're stuck with a useless executive branch. Unlike most Americans she's qualified, ready, and able to fix it – so letting some anger show when that opportunity starts slipping away is justified.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  18. Rob

    I believe Barack Obama could be the next JFK of today. JFK was a young president & a breath of fresh air who opposed a very unpopular war (sound familiar?) He brought about change, connected with the people & turned the status-quo of Washington on it's ear. Americans loved JFK & it didn't matter if his skin was white, black, purple or green. It's the person inside that counts & the same goes for Obama.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  19. Greg from PA

    Barack's success is a sign that Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream is within our reach. It means that hope for a better tomorrow is shared by all Americans. It means that America is ready to set aside our differences and work together to see this great nation through the troubled times we now face and to make the world a better place for all.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  20. Susan Norris

    Jack, Why does the media continue to insist that the Clinton campaign is on the rocks and yet you never mention a word about Rudy?
    Before the Iowa Caucus, both Clinton and Rudy were the national front runners and yet Rudy didn't even come close to winning in Iowa and he is not expected to place in the top tier in New Hampshire. So why isn't he being talked about at all? Good or bad.
    You continously prove to me by helping the Obama campaign that you are either a member of the Republican oil machine or just a plain old fashioned sexist. We all know the Republicans cannot wait to nuke this man of Muslim Heritage.
    And by the way, why are all the top anchors on CNN men?
    I will continue to support the best candidate in the race that is not a member of the status quo which consists entirely of men.
    I will vote for Hillary. I want real change.
    America consists of 52 percent women-–we do count and we are rooting for Hillary.
    I'd bet good money that in your very own newsroom, the women are paid tremendously less than the men.
    Go Hillary.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  21. -30-

    No one has played the race card faster or more often than Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. I, for one, am fed up with the gesticulating, self-destructive "angry black man" persona. Obama is showing America a better way forward.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  22. Jenny from New York

    The beautiful thing about Obama's candidacy is that it transcends race and race isn't an issue. He's not running as a "Black candidate." He's running as the BEST candidate to unite the country.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  23. BR-New York City


    I guess we are finally seeing the fruits of desegregation. As the old saying goes, "For the young shall lead us."

    January 7, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  24. Tim from PA

    It changes it greatly. Despite being a registered Republican, I truly think he is probably the closest we will come to a candidate who is well educated, well spoken and does really care about all Americans in this group of Candidates. What he lacks in experience he makes up in with his education and his common sense thought process.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  25. Eric from Memphis, TN

    This is a man who everyone can get behind, regardless of race. Without the rhetoric that Sharpton and Jackson often tout, Sen. Obama is getting his message through to everyone. As a life-long republican, I look forward to supporting this man of change who will make a long-term difference for the United States.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  26. Susan Norris

    It's clear from the attacks against Hillary that sexism abounds in this country.
    The fact that people would prefer to support Obama, a man of Muslim heritage, as opposed to Hillary just shows me that women are still embryos, with a long, long way to go unless they wake up and stop voting for the status quo--men.
    Hillary has forgotten more about how to run this country than all the boys know today.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  27. Christine from California

    It shows that at least some of America is color blind, as it should be. But, hopefully, the Democrats can round up Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton and put duct tape over their mouths so they don't ruin things for Obama.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  28. Stephen D. from IA

    Being an Iowan Democrat I feel the Caucus last week made a statement about the wave of change going through the country. Obama is the fresh breathe that the government needs and the country sees that they see that here is finally a politician we can trust and nothing can be more exciting.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  29. Mark

    it's shown what most of us have already known – that what matters more than race is answers and he's got them. No blame, no rhetoric, no "schtick", just a clear vision that is easily relatable by any American and a positive message of hope and inclusiveness that doesn't "blame" anyone but simply asks that we all pitch in to get something done. Too many previous public black leaders have been too heavy on blame, lectures, and empty rhetoric regarding white america's perception of black america and how to best react to that. Obama has turned the page and made it clear not just to blacks but to America that it's up to us to decide the future – all of us. And his job, one he's doing well so far, is giving us the courage to make it happen.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  30. Gino

    Is Senator Obama changing the debate about race in the United States? By race, I mean the biological differentiation of colours of the people who make up the United States, something that is a scientific fact, as a matter of fact on the Today Show this morning; a man whose skin is blue was interviewed! Yep, a “blue skinned” American! To me it does not matter whether you are of one colour or another, you still are a human being, what matters if whether you are a member of the society we have and do function in our society for the good of our country, and eventually the world. I know there has been and there still is a lot of differentiation between the various people in our society, actually not only between black, Native Americans, whites, Orientals... it is unfortunate... but all members of this society of ours have a brain, and they can think for themselves when it comes to voting and other important things in life. Hopefully voters will not be influenced by the biological race they fall into, but will vote for the person they think will do best for our society as a whole, somebody who will kick all the special interests out of the political circle... and when the present Senators and Congress members are up for election and reelection, voters will look at their record and see whom these people represent before electing or reelecting them! American need to clean house and this can only be done by voters who put aside race differentiation, and do not think that they belong to one party or another, but that think that they are part of an American society! Race should not play any part in politics and in other places, are we human beings or not, are we Americans or not? That is the question! Vote for the good of the country, not for the good of a segment of our society!

    January 7, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  31. Gayle Cates

    Obama and all of the candidates talk in generalities. "Lift the people up". What does that mean?

    Watch the press conference of the Oklahoma University and see all of the problems and how severe they are. Your reporters are just having a good time. .Ask them specific questions about specific problems and get specific answers.

    I have never heard so much talk with so little substance.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  32. Julienne

    The advantage Barack Obama has is that he doesn't "look" black, He is young and slim and tall and charismatic. I hope he can change race relations, but I look at what he's done so far, and am not impressed. He is too much sound and ego, and not enough substance yet.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  33. Pat

    Get behind him or get out of the way. From an old white female Democrat in Wyoming.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  34. Frank Cavestani

    I heard about a debate on race in the country, mostly it came from the news and media pundits like yourself. Personally I never heard any, at work or in my life. I would always have voted for the person and what he stood for not his race or religion. So I feel Obama being a contender is not even so surprising. I do feel he is not ready to be president at this early point in his career. It is bad enough we have an arrogant youthful foolish President now.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  35. Ken KS

    Barak Obama is ahead and it appears that everyone projects him and possibly John McCain in the Election of 2008. Clinton, Edwards, Romney and Thompson aren't out of it yet. As for Obama being black (half black, half white), I hope the O.j. Simpson Trial and Johnny Cochran's race card strategy doesn't raise its ugly head in this election. Reserve that for the likes of Karl Rove. Just like my gereration, JFK was a candidate and president who gave us hope. After his death, this nation hasn't been the same. Maybe Obama, if he actually does win the presidency, he'll bring back that hope we lost in 1963. We will have to wait and see.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  36. Monica in CA

    What about his race,It's the issues that matter. He could be purple for all I care. When I go to the grocery store and spend $2 for a loaf of bread , $ 3.99 for a gallon of milk and $3.26 for a gallon of gas, the only color that matters is GREEN. He has my support based on those issues not his color. By the way I can hardly buy anything to go along with my bread and gas, any suggestions?

    January 7, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  37. Barbara

    I think Barack Obama represents HOPE to a lot of disenfranchised Americans. I have not felt this way since – dare I say it – John F. Kennedy was running for President. Barack is young, true, but so was Kennedy when he ran for president. They both have that illusive charisma, that msyterious appeal that when they start speaking, you have to ignore everything else around you and listen attentively. I find myself thinking the perhaps under his leadership, America can regain the optimism and respect from the rest of the world, like it used to have. I used to be proud to be an American, but recently, I am ashamed for what America has stood for. We have lost our way, and have been led into the Dark Side. Obama has The Force with him, and I hope the rest of America realizes it.

    Kingwood, Texas

    January 7, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  38. pam graves

    It doesn't change America's idea regarding race. We have been ready for a black or female for quite some time. My question back to you is, why is the media so "easy" on Senator Obama? We voters have real questions for him. Is it true he does not salute the flag? Is it true if elected he will be sworn in on the Koran? Is it true he just recently converted and joined a Christian church? This stuff is all over the internet and being sent to millions, and yet not one of you has asked these questions. If they are not true, that needs to be know by all voters. If it is true, we also deserve to know that. Do you r jobs. Stop pandering and ask the hard questions.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  39. dan

    BULL-PUDD"N as long as theres a planet nothing going to change race relations.but if you're white your alright, [if your brown you get to stick around.]here that illegals. [if you're black get back.] come on lets get real.and i'am black.and i don't see it jack.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  40. Marc Lichtenstein

    Jack–the reason why Obama can change race relations is not because he is black. It is because he is also white. Everyone forgets that his mother was white because of his skin color, which is at the heart of why race is such a polarizing and destructive issue in America. Barack Obama can change race relations because he is the living embodiment (literally) of what is possible when race ceases to be a divisive issue.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  41. mike mcgonigle

    Jack, I am a 65 year old irish american, who used to have vehement arguments with my dad, about wilt chamberlain and oscar robertson being the best basketball players; i thought so, he disagreed. it wasn't til i was much older that i realized that we weren't talking about the same thing. who knows yet whether most americans will go into the booth, and vote for the best candidate, regardless
    of color or gender? i hope they will, but, as with my dad, i'm not sure.
    p.s. swap places with blitzer, please!

    January 7, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  42. Tom Bulger

    What change? WE Irish have always been up against it. That's why God made us lucky. For instance, the date of the New Hampshire primary is a new moon It's also the first eight of 2008, a lucky number according to the Chinese (can a billion people be wrong?)

    Obama's astrological sign is the lion. His Kearney Irish ancestry coat of arms is three standing lions. Kearney (Victorious), are Dalcassian clan, famous for the leaders Brian Boru, Conn of the Hundred Battles, and Finn MacCool. Young Fulmuth Kearney left County Clare to bequeath his descendant Barack the audacity of Hope and his Irish luck.

    Irish eyes are smilin', Jack, for good reason .

    January 7, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  43. Robert

    It's simple Jack! Barack Obama doesn't beat the world over the head over his race. He presents himself as a human being who cares about his country and its people – All of its people. The anger and hostility of black presidential candidates before him such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton no longer permeates the discussion of the issues. With Mr. Obama we get a reasoned airing of his positions. I don't agree with him on everything, and I'm still planning on voting for Hillary Clinton, but Mr. Obama is truly a breath of fresh air.


    January 7, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  44. Shirley Ross

    I am a woman and there are times when tears will work for us, and there are times when they won't. People (men) expect us to fold and get angry/emotional when we face obstacles, rejection, a bad day, etc. This is NOT what we need in a president. Can you imagine the horror if a male candidate, however passionate about the issue or whatever the circumstances, breaks down and resorts to tears? Wouldn't the international community have a field day with this? (Can't remember his name at the moment, but there was a guy sometime ago who let the tears flow, and he was almost railroaded out of town.)

    Hillary is old school, status quo, and, despite her cool demeanor most of the time, does not demonstrate all the qualities needed to be effective.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  45. jamie

    Did Oboma put his hand on the

    bible when he took office.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  46. Anonymous

    I am currently deployed to the Middle East, as my fellow Sailors and I watch the campaign we seem to be confused on what America is standing for. How can someone as Obama be running for the Presidencies of the United States Of America and refuse to wear the flag of our nation on his shoulder, and give proper respect to the flag as to placing his hand over his heart during the pledge of Allegiance? The United States flag is the cloth of our nation and is who we are, and what we represent as our country. Our flag is what we the Arm Force die under, and fight for. Is there a reason as to why he refuses respect something so saccade?? What message is that sending to us over seas giving our life’s for freedom, when America’s own Presidencies campaign Obama refuses to wear what we represent?

    January 7, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  47. Dave

    Jack Cafferty should get his facts straight. Obama is not black, nor does he claim to be. Yes, his father is from Kenya, but his mother is white. Obama is related to Dick Cheney.

    So Obama has something in common with both sides of the race relations issue.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  48. john

    It doesn’t change a thing. Obama is a traditional black supremacist and racist. Obama is nothing more than a black David Duke. Listen and compare his speeches to black audiences and then to general public audiences. To general audiences he preaches passivity synonymous with the words of MLK and other like Rev Jackson, however to black only audiences he spreads an activist radical Huey Newton, Bobby Seale, Black Panther type message. Make no mistake Obama has been a black activist organizer since his youth and if anything else very accomplished at it. It is time to change the debate about race in this country but first we must remove race from politics. Compare and contrast Obama’s message with that of Alan Keyes and decide for yourself

    January 7, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  49. fabooj

    Man, I can't wait for you boomers to be put out to pasture so my generation (I'm 35) and the ones beyond me can get on with the business of talking about anything but the color of someone's skin.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  50. donna mclaughlin

    Of course race is still an issue
    The beauty of Barak is he is transcending it

    January 7, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  51. jack76

    jacki, you ask if barack is denying his white heritage. you do know of course, that most black americans have white blood in them, right? and though obama is not a descendant of american slavery (and rape by white masters) he does share a similar biracial heritage.

    i wonder if you question shaquile o'neal for denying his irish heritage.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  52. jack76

    also, maya angelou has already endorsed hillary clinton.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  53. Mark in Iowa

    A debate assumes at least two sides presenting evidence and trying to persuade the others of the 'rightness' of its position. Debate diminishes the role of listening while enhancing the role of speaking. In that, race relations in the US are so problematic in part, because there is little heard but strident voices asserting "Racism!" at every turn, or "Reverse racism!" at every advance. Obama has brought forward the opportunity for the diverse communities of the US to talk about race without it being about 'my gain' or 'my loss', and instead is about 'our path.'

    He doesn't suggest there are not racial issues lingering here in the US. He rather calls the country to task to come forward together, regardless of identity – political, religious, or ethnicity – and work to build the 21st century America. No white person could do this, because they would speak from a position of historical privilege, and to look forward without addressing imbalance is disingenuous from the community of privilege, no matter how sincere. But to have a voice of color lift a redemptive political message, gives permission to us all to focus foremost on the future and its needs, as a means of addressing the past. His redemptive call is to an inclusive 'us'...not to a 'we or they'.

    Thursday night, on a frigid night in Iowa, one could hear across these frozen fields of corn and bean...history being made.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  54. robert

    Opra no go girl
    Opra open a school for young select women for the pupuse of empowering them to make change in their country because she think that women with more power and knowledge will bring change for them . But back home she support a men so I think that deep down its more about gender then race. So no go girl

    January 7, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  55. Mati

    I never thought race or gender should be considered issues in 21st century. However, what I see now in this campaign is:

    1. An African American candidate who acts as a left-wing politician and uses big words (kind of socialist demagogy) to attract the crowds, who didn't offer much substance to the presidential race but diverted the focus from content to form in a time when America needs desperately action. I don't trust his approach.

    2. A White American woman who speaks of hard work, shows realism in understanding the issues, has a clear sense about what action means and has centrist positions that are very helpful in having things done. This is a pragmatic woman who already delivered change and solutions to many problems. I resonate with her.

    I don't want to be stereotyping here, but what does the above description tell us about 'race in this country'? Hillary Clinton is promoting an ethics of work that is rooted in the American culture and speaks to the American Dream, while Obama has embraced some failing ideology that many countries in Europe and across the world have already repudiated. None is coming with anything new honestly, but I kind of prefer Clinton's. So I am talking about the values promoted by candidates, and race, color, gender shouldn't matter. What do Americans choose?

    January 7, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  56. Sushma

    I believe it's has little to do with race and more with quality of the candidate. Given, Iowa is a white, rural state but, it boils down to integrity. Obama's success in Iowa just goes to show that substance is more important than color and race. People are finally realizing that we're all human beings and segregation is not the way towards progress.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  57. Brian

    I'm from the deep south and in my youth could never have imagined a non-caucasian president. However, Obama has a refreshing honesty about him and I would definitely support Obama IF Ron Paul is not in the general election. The reason? Change–REAL change! Change from the same old Washington Change from the 'establishment' candidate ideas! If Hillary is elected, change is probably all we will have left in our pocket.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  58. Greg H

    While you make good points about race in this election. I think you folks are missing the real story here. Which is everyone is sick and tired of our elected officials representing the special (coporate) interest at the expense of the American People. The so called Obama phoenomenom is simply voter backlash (we want the bums out!)
    As far as Hillary Clinton is concerned, she would have a better chance if she divorced Bill. No one wants to give him another opportunity to defile the Oval Office again. When she speaks of her 35 years experience and hitting the ground running. She offers no evidence of this so called experience and we can only assume that that it is Bill and his team that will be hitting the ground running.

    Keep up the great work.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  59. jane stockton

    Look Jack, maybe you've missed something glaringly obvious to many women from the onset of this Democratic campaign for President and that are the misogynists having a field day when it comes to Hillary. From the political pundits to her opponents, and even her own party members, there has been a subtle to now an all out assault on this woman Obama has yet to detail one of his so called changes and perhaps it would be wise for those frothing at the mouth with such accolades for this vague political figure to actually ASK him for details and then Americans might actually be able to distinguish fact from fantasy. THIS is not the time for dreamers...this is the moment our nation must begin to grow up and face reality. Hillary may not be fuzzy and warm but she has the experience, intelligence and and insights to lead our nation back to greatness.. A pragmatist may never warm our hearts, but a dreamer in a time that demands a complete grasp of reality, will inject our hearts and minds with false hope. Our nation needs to grow up and I hope it's not too late.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  60. Justin from Grand Rapids, MI

    Barack Obama has done and will do a lot in terms of breaking down racial barriers as his candidacy and career continues, but the fact that you are even having this discussion shows just how far we stil have to go. I for one, am very excited to see where he takes us.

    Justin Godley

    January 7, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  61. Roberta

    George Will is right. The era is long past when overt segregation and discrimination were the norm anywhere in this country, including the south. Most white Americans grew up without a sense of race-based entitlement, so they react favorably to persons who display intelligence and ambition regardless of skin color. Obama demonstrates that Sharpton and Jackson's claim that things haven't changed, and persons of color cannot succeed because "whitie" holds them back is nothing more than self-serving hogwash.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  62. DAK

    I believe race was NEVER an issue for most of us, Jack, just as the religion of Romney never was. But what is an issue is the use of the "change" slogan when many are offering the "same old". Many of these candidates have been the Washington establishment (and some even sound like George Bush), have voted on issues not in the best interest of America, have made many promises not kept, and most of all, still believe that illegal immigrants should be given AMNESTY. Change?? Come on, Jack! Why should we believe them now??

    January 7, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  63. Mary

    It doesn't change the debate, race is, and always will be an issue for those who need a crutch.

    Barrack is highly educated, eloquent, and has seized the moment. The younger generation does not judge by race, we judge on merit. Barrack speaks to those of us who have a more global view and need a leader to help us navigate into the 21st century, we can't use passe 19th century ideologies to suceed in the 21st.

    Move with the times.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  64. Ardith

    I was not going to vote for Hillary, as I am a liberal Democrat but after watching the no ethics press critisize her every move...I think I need to give her more serious consideration. Cafferty? What a jerk off!

    January 7, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  65. suzie from atlanta, GA

    Being black is no reason to vote for him or against him. He must be MORE than his color, and he is not. Of course we should be able to elect a President who is black, aisan, jewish, female, muslim, what ever, because the SOLE crietria for getting the job should be qualifications to lead. PERIOD. Nothing else should matter. But has he changed "race relations"?? No. The people who support him because he is black and for no other reason are doing a diservice to ALL OF US. And certainly this whole thing is a media invention. First Hillary was crowned the leader, by the media, then the race was turned into a 2 year test, by CNN first with all those debates, and all the others that followed, then Oprah got involved and suddenly Obama was THE one. HEY! This is not a ratings race. This is about our future!
    Ok, so let’s get real here. WHO IS OBAMA? Well, as someone who worked for Bobby Kennedy, I can tell you who he is NOT: He is not Bobby.
    Obama supported every funding bill for Iraq. He wants to nuke Iran or Pakistan if he thinks he "should". He voted FOR the budget bill that EVERYONE else voted against. He was a "trial lawyer" for 9 years. For a Black man in a prominant law firm, earning a lot of money, he did very little for the poor, or the sick or elderly. Black, white, orange, who cares. He is NOT the one. Obama says his NH campaign chair is not a lobbyist for the GOV or for him, so he's "fully vetted"? No Barack, he is a lobbyist for BIG PHARMA, and YOUR health plan leaves out 15 MILLION PEOPLE. Who is this guy? What do we even know about him? If you don't like Hillary then vote for Edwards. But PLEASE do not support Obama. Start asking questions.

    I fail to understand why he is so popular, and the only thing I can think of is the media. This is a great story for them, at our expense. Once again, the media will choose for us, and we will LOOSE. Why are they NOT following the Big Pharma link, or his real record? I WANT an experienced person in the top job. I am scared to death of Obama. And frankly, a woman is a huge change. She is not divisive in the Senate. Far from it.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  66. Jessica L Westphalen

    First of all it depends which poll you are looking at as to whose ahead. It is obovius that you favor Obama. Quit being so Bias. I think that it threatens your male egos to have a woman run for president. In the debate she had very right the to repley the Edwards and Obama and she Did Not come across as being angry that is your male interuprtations. She is a very sincere and she does want change and she knows how to get it.. I am sick and tried of hearing how great Obama is and the press treating him with kidd gloves he is not a rock star and certainly is no John F Kennedy or Bobby Kennedy. Also I haven't made up my mind who I am going to vote for in our primary I just went all canidates to have a fair chance and for the press to refrain from snide remarks. Give all the candates.a fair chance.
    Jessica L. Westphalen

    January 7, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  67. Abm Habibullah

    Senator Obama is a great man, a uniter, a deep thinker, a rational human being with deep knowledge, compassion and intelligent. We clearly need a change is Washington and all the people who have been talking about change, have not done a thing to make changes. I have not seen JFK, but I am proud to say that I have seen Barak Obama. We would like to see him as commander-in-chief who will rebuild the burned bridges across the world. Long live Sir Obama, may God continue to bless you and family.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  68. Len Albuq New Mexico

    Jack I don't think it will help race relations one ounce. If anything it will further divide the Country. Republicans do not like Black's. Especially Black Democrats. That's a FACT. They did'nt even like their own Black Republican , Collin Powell. They made him their PATSY. Barrack is a very educated, well spoken, well versed statesman and in my opinion would make a great President. Unfortunately, even in this day and age there is prejudice in race , gender, and religion.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  69. Jack K., Fort Myers, FL

    Mr. Obama seems to have a magicians knack for the elements of communication. Why is it then, I have misgivings about his sincerity? Could be he's too perfect.

    I don't look at him as black. He seems to have transcended race and defies all ethnic stereotypes–which is probably why he has so little support from the blacks I know. I do wonder why I don't observe more support from the black community at large–particularly the educational elite of the time (well except the Harvard Lawyers).

    It seems since most don't have all the resume for President (like Guliani and McCAin)–they are focusing attention away from their lessor abilities.

    All the candidates have to use "change" as their mantra–even the GOP (except for Guliani and McCain).

    I like to kick the tires and test drive–I wouldn't by a car over the internet–and I'm sure not going to elect a President because of the polls and television commentary and especially due to the opinions of voters in Iowa or New Hampshire.

    So I went to all the candidates agendas on their websites. Next, I read the heartfelt endorsements–and spoke to other Democrats about their thoughts on each candidate. After this exercise, I cannot say I really support Mr. Obama any more than I did before. He still seems too perfect–particularly compared to the opinions of some notable economists and other government leaders–whom I respect. So here's how I rack-up my choices based on "genuine change agenda", tracible track record supporting change, and legitamacy of the endorsements:

    #1 Edwards (He's on the record since 2000–no waffling ever)–comes across as most genuine and sincere. Tenancious and scruffy. But when if you think about the qualities necessary to go up against negative blitz (socialism, communism, unamericanism, and all the other isms) big business and the GOP will be shooting his way–that begins to look like a pretty good quality. We do seem to need John Wayne–not Gandhi to make the kind of change everyone expects to see coming.

    #2 Obama (his record is sketchy on change) he avoided some tough votes in the senate by not showing up, which really smells of campaign strategy. He is a fence straddler–not a leader when it comes to change–at least by his record. His words seem sincere–but his avoidance of Iraq, Iran, and his comments on Pakistan deeply concern me. I'm a little puzzled why so many people I would expect to support him, particularly from the black community–do not.

    #3 Clinton (She's on the record–but ideas are canned and some aren't wholly practical...too sweeping for someone with her experience to pull off). She has Bill Clinton's endorsement–which to me is poison. I believe he should have resigned after Lewisnky. He was a bad example for other federal employees and the military–nobody would have been lenient with them. He's baggage–we don't need no matter how good her ideas are.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  70. Andrew Scott

    The only people who talk about these issues in terms of race, are those that want to keep us in the past in terms of thinking about race; al sharpton and jesse jackson included. I think alot of people have moved far beyond making everything about race, and Obama's victory will finally put an end to the fanatical views that people on both sides of the issue wish to promote.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  71. john

    Do you censor all the comments you don't agree with

    January 7, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  72. bene

    where is carl rove? obama rapid ascension smells 'rovish'. get hillary out of the way and the republican will be 'roving' into the white house jan '09. put obama up against mc cain or any of the other white males. is this not america? did you see the cnn story on obama's grandma and relatives in kenya. america is sure ready to send air force one and secret service down to the kenyan farm. forget his stump speech of blue and red america, have we had any opinion on the violence of the other half of his family ancestral homeland.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  73. Ray Mendoza

    Are "we voting for Obama" because he's black or because he's the best candidate???

    "Change that we can believe in" is a PR invention, where is the trail of changes that we can bite into...


    January 7, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  74. stephanie

    once again you got your facts wrong...Maya Angelou has endorsed Hillary Clinton and cut a radio ad for her...

    January 7, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  75. No fool here

    I saw on CNN a few minutes ago a report that said Obama is getting support from people who don't know (or care) about his views on the issues. I can't believe people are this stupid, apparently including YOU. Jimmy Carter was "nice", but most people now say he wasn't a good president. I love Jimmy Carter. I'm not particularly a Hillary fan, but she's more qualified than Obama. I like Obama as a preacher, but not as president. It will be a terrible mistake we'll have to live with for years! Well, the Bible says that Satan will appear in a charming manner. Lord help us!!!!!

    No Fool Here

    January 7, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  76. Vanessa A

    Obama has done a wonderful job of keeping the black vote yet handling the delicate balance of reminding white voters that he is in it for them too. Not only is he uniting red and blue states but also our longest struggle in American history. I admire the way he stays above it; while we get constant reminders from Hilary that she is change embodied as a 'woman'. She's pulling at straws.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  77. Masu, from Fayetteville, North Carolina


    This 'PROMISE', meaning Senator Obama's win in New Hampshire comes Tuesday, January 8th, and onward to the White House, will resonate throughout the world, that 'Race Relations in America is about to enter a new season. A season of "Change'-where a true dialogue on 'Black-on -Black Crime will take center stage in our community, to end this atmosphere of madness and despair.

    Moreover, that Africa-Americans view [PREJUDICES] of others, primarily native Africans and other minorities coming in this country, will perhaps changed for the better. And that all of us will have a deeper sense of responsibility to citizenship and the tremendous opportunity to the 'American Dream'.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  78. Ken

    Yes changes the debate about race in this country. He's not a racial Partisan like Sharpton or Jackson. I see both those men as RASCISTS. Remember Himey-town? Obama isn't trying to advance black interests at the expense of other people. He wants positive change for everyone!!!

    January 7, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  79. Hunter

    I cant believe anyone would even CONSIDER Barack Obama as president! It just makes me sick. He wount even wear a us flag pin or put his hand on his heart during the pledge, This is usa if you dont like it DONT run for president. I cant even stand Barack Obama, We need Hillary People Wake up, Barack wouldnt even know where to start with the problems we have now!

    January 7, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  80. Tawny

    The only debate concerning "race" that Obama is concerned with is the "race" to the finish line!! HOW REFRESHING!!

    January 7, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  81. Hamish Todd

    I think it shows us something about how far down the wrong road America has driven. As to race relations, it's my hope that Obama goes all the way, and I think then, we would begin to see a great deal of racial healing/equalization going on.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  82. DP, Jacksonville, FL

    Obama isn't my candidate of choice, but a part of me hopes he gets the Democratic nomination just to silence all those ignorant fools who accuse middle-class whites of discrimination against African Americans everytime they fail to may eye contact in the supermarket. Sending Jackson and Sharpton to the unemployment line will simply be a nice bonus.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  83. Ruby Elmore

    I'm a 61-year old African American woman who has seen the worst of America's race relations. I did not support Obama at first because I thought his candidacy was sheer folly. But, after Iowa and maybe New Hampshire, I'm beginning to believe the America I learned about in school is finally here. Maybe it's time for we African-Americans to shift the "race narrative" somewhat. There are still problems and we as individuals may still suffer (ergo the man released from a Texas prison after spending 26-years in prison on false charges). But, maybe America is the place I truly love in my heart and desires.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  84. AJ in Boulder

    One of the many reasons that I'm supporting Barack Obama is because of the opportunity for him to inspire young blacks across this country to greatness. He will show them the way, but in a decent manner that is rarely seen in our politicians these days.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  85. Cafferty's racist comments

    Why is Cafferty naming a few black individuals and asking why aren't they endorsing Obama? Has he listed white individuals and asked them why haven't they endorsed one of the white candidates? This is ridiculous and an insult to people's intelligence, regardless of their color. Let's get beyond this.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  86. Joanne Kelley

    Barack Obama has changed the debate about race this way: We are judging him by the content of his character, not the color of his skin.

    Joanne Kelley
    Boston, Massachusetts

    January 7, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  87. Chinyere

    People would like to believe race is no longer an issue in America but sadly, it still is. That said, I think the support for Obama from all races and both genders is promising! I think the support for Obama is telling of how much the country is in trouble and the fact that people are willing to put personal prejudices aside and vote for a candidate that they believe will do what's best for the majority of middle class America.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  88. brandon

    Jack, as an obama supporter, and faithful viewer of cnn. it has dawned on me that no matter what obama does, or how much he brings race relations closer. Politicians and the media will always bring up the race card. So in a way it sort of diminishes the point he is trying to make, because once you put it out there the difference in race it does nothing but divide this country

    January 7, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  89. Essie in NC

    I don't think Obama's race has been an issue at all. Color is not what comes to my mind when i see him. What I see is hope, change and opportunity.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  90. silver18

    Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton are deeply invested in keeping America divided on racial issues. This is the only thing keeping their names in the spotlight. Without such tension, they would fade away.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  91. Karen L.

    What debate about race? The only ones beating the "race" drum to death are the Corporate owned News media! The vast majority of Americans are less interested in skin color and more interested in nominating someone who is extremely intelligent, yet also exhibits genuine feelings of concern/compassion, is able to work (as in negotiate with words, not fear and killing) well with people from ALL walks of life. He treats ALL people equally respectful, as was intended by the US Constitution!

    I feel "Iowans" have spoken for the majority of us who are sooo weary and tired of being treated more like sheep who follow than educated, intelligent people capable of think for ourselves. Americans are finally finding their voice. The support for Barack Obama indicates that those never ending "polls" constantly shoved in our faces are NOT a true representation of the voting majority - THANK GOD! ( I've never been polled) There are more people in the US who are seriously struggling to survive than there are extremely wealthy.

    Why don't you ask the question: "How many of you feel your vote will actually be counted?" That there won't be more "voter fraud"! Why don't supposed news shows on major networks cover and expose the corruption of our voting machines/system? A Kansas Republican official actually bragged that they are actively still conducting "voter caging" in that state recently! And/or, how many of you feel we will even have an election.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  92. Jim Blevins

    While it is hard to know what is inside a person. Obama seems to regard himself as a person - not a black person. That goes a very long ways toward getting others to regard him as a person (color irrelevant). Hopefully that idea will gain acceptance as a result of is candidacy.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  93. G. Somerville

    Many people - not just African Americans - vote based on the facts. My financial condition and personal realities are not tied to Rev. Jackson, Rev. Shaprton, Mr. Denzel Washington, Mr. Quincy Jones, or others referred to in Mr. Cafferty's recent comments. Please give us credit for making substantive decisions about who we support with our power to cast our vote.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  94. Antar Ibn-Stanford

    Hello Jack,

    Most African-Americans who grew up in the 60s realized then–and it hasn't changed–that race is not merely about skin color. It"s also about culture and identity. Also, there has always been token blacks acceptable to whites.

    Antar Ibn-Stanford

    January 7, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  95. Mike

    What it changes is how the Jesse Jackson's and Al Sharpton's were wrong about what America thinks about race. They would have you believe that America is against blacks. Barack Obama is a fresh perspective on how to run this country. His race has absolutely nothing to do with it. He is educated, articulate, and honest. Those are traits that are hard to find anymore in modern politics. I just wish Edwards would be his running mate if he gets the Democratic ticket. I'm a Republican but if the Democrats get the White House at least I would be content with an Obama/Edwards victory.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  96. James S. Lenon

    Race will matter as much as always until the day that black Americans no longer criticize Obama and others for being "too white."

    January 7, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  97. Nancy

    Barack Obama is EQUALLY half white and half African-American, so why is he called 'Black'? Isn't that flaming racism in itself? His success stems from the fact that people are looking beyond race embracing his message of change and unity and, that in itself, gives me great hope for the future of this nation.


    January 7, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  98. Steven

    I haven't really thought much about race, as it relates to the Obama candidacy. I'm a Clinton supporter. However, if getting him elected would mean pushing a racist rabble rouser like Al Sharpton deep into the oblivion he deserves, I might be persuaded to vote for him. It is refreshing to have a black man (okay, 1/2 black) on the national stage without blaming the rest of the world for all of black society's problems.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  99. Oliver in Louisiana

    Having beena lifelong resident of Louisiana, I have seen our country grow from a hateful, unaccepting place to a more tolerant society. I feel that Barack Obama's success thus far will shatter the image of the "angry black politician" and aid in the progression of African Americans in American government.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  100. Dave Ma

    For the better. He is no Al Sharpton, and if he wins Sharpton, Jackson and all the others who have a vested interest in fomenting racial issues and live for the next faux pa by a white guy will be out of business. Then we will have a better chance at the “Dream” King spoke about so many years ago.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  101. Morgan

    For to long in this country people have been seen only as their race. We partition ourselves by supporting only our own. Leaders of the past have played on our differences. Obama truely shows that people in this country can view eachother as people. It is a breakdown of race relations as we know it and the next step for Americans.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  102. objection21


    For proof that race is still an issue, consider this: people questioned until Iowa if America was "ready for" a Black president as if somehow Blacks are incapable of being at least as horrendous as their white political counterparts. I don't think Obama's success says or proves much. The fact that the question even needs to be asked means that we are not nearly as evolved as we'd like to believe. Many other countries have had female leaders and black leaders but here in America it's still a novelty. Obama is acceptable to all because of the dire situation left by the Bush administration and because he doesn't use his race as a crutch and in fact has had to steal Black votes from Hillary because even Blacks weren't sure that a black man had the chops to run the country further into the ground.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  103. Chantell

    I beleive this could be the beginning of a change in race relations in America. Out with the old way of thinking (black man inferior) and in the with the new ( all people are created equal). Iowa looked past race and decided to choose the most qualified candidate.
    Hnesville, Ga

    January 7, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  104. Jozette

    Barack has the best of both worlds so it negates the need to discuss his race. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson will beat that drum all the way to their graves! It gives them something to march about. Wherever there is a black person in trouble...right or wrong...those two will show up like twiddley dee and twiddley dum. They both need to get a life!

    January 7, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  105. Scott MacDonald

    Jack, For years I have prayed for a black Presidential candidate that did not shove race down our throats. My prayers have been answered in Barack Obama. I can't wait to see how this affects the negative backward looking remarks of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  106. Roscoe

    If Obama loses, nothing changes. If Obama wins, then we're living in a brand new world. No more conspiracy theorist, elitist and poverty pimps to keep the Nation divided.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  107. Jessie Meehan

    Barack Obama is in a unique place – his father is from Kenya, his mother from Kansas. Many will see the color of his skin first and foremost, instead of looking deeper and seeing what he truely represents – the bringing together of different sides whether in a political, racial, gender or age aspect. While I am undecided between Obama and Clinton, I do believe because of Obama's background and his character he would ultimately be the better candidate to bring together all Americans, despite our many differences. He is a well-respected man all around.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  108. Melissa in VA

    For once he speaks the truth-"you're the truth and I'm riding it." Oh is he ever. Obama's frightening surge says nothing about "race relations" in this country. It says we're afraid of change. Years of grumbling about W., his lack of IQ points or a spine so what do we do? Embrace the guy with no platform, no opinions (other than all the other candidates are evil and worthless when they point out his shortfalls) and no clue of how to get America back on track. We're still suckered in by the insincere plastic smile and handshake. Apparently the only way to win an election this year is to have no passion, no opinions and lots of make-up for that perma-smile.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  109. Frank in Chicago

    It shows that racism in politics is over, just like this election is already over. There's a reason Obama and Huckabee won in Iowa and will continue to win up until they battle each other for the White House. Politics is no longer about historical voting records or future promises. We are entering the age of the philosopher rulers. Statistical politics is over. Usher in the new era of politics where all that matters is the ability to think in the here and now.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  110. Janie

    The fact that Obama has become the "media darling" shows that race relations are doing well, but if is fair game to put sexists comments on air. Obama has not received difficult questions and no investigative reporting on anything about him.
    The pundits on CNN are right to keep the race issue from becoming a problem, but look at what these same men have done to Senator Clinton.
    Her laugh has been called a cackle. Her voice has been called shrill. These are attacks women understand.
    Senator Clinton's pant suits, her hair style and now her honest emotions are attacked.
    I know this comment will not appear on air, because it supports Hillary. Cnn doesn't allow that.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  111. natalie

    Obama's success may finally and definitively prove that race simply doesn't matter. He doesn't wallow in it. He doesn't attack others because of it. He doesn't apologize for it. He simply IS a candidate with ideas we all should hear and consider.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  112. A. Buch

    Race relations should be obsolete now in this country. Those that believe in achieving more than the usual will never be bothered with the race relation dilemma. Obama has always spoken out on Universal subjects. The reason Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have always been losing in politics is because they have always somehow brought race as a priority issue. Obama realizes that there is no need to do this.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  113. Glen Rock

    Barack Obama's success has made at least one conservative media outlet - Fox News - interested in the opinions of Black celebrities.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  114. Jordan - Cedar Rapids, IA

    I'm not even a native Iowan and I'm sick of hearing about how WHITE the state is. Yes, most of Iowans are white, but people who really think the state is full of people who make an important decision like who to vote for to be President on something like Race or Gender are just ignorant and, honestly, part of the problem with race relations.

    Iowans actually get to meet candidate face to face and TALK to them about issues. Silly us. But I suppose when the rest of the country makes THEIR decision solely based on 30 second sound bytes, you have to figure in things like Race and Gender when making an "informed" decision.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  115. Relwan

    Obama isn't really changing anything; people like him for him, not for his race. Race relations are still poor in this country, but the problem is just not as much an issue as the likes of Al Sharpton would have us believe. Americans have refused to support Jackson and Sharpton, not because of race, but because they would suck as presidents. And as for the opinons of black celebrities, it baffles me that what the chairman of BET thinks is supposed to affect my decision in any way. what am I, a puppet?

    January 7, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  116. Ryan M

    It speaks to the the wave that has gripped this Country. The next generation is speaking out. The self proclaimed "Reagan Children" won't settle for a strict formation along party lines. We will select the man or woman to be our next President on merits and nothing else. Whether a woman, an African-American, or a Mormon the next President and those to follow will be selected by us, the men and women ages 25-35, the next greatest generation.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  117. M

    It's changed in the sense that nobody cares anymore! I don't care what my President looks like, I care about what my President stands for. There are so many things to consider when choosing a candidate, and I think things like race and gender are at the bottom of the barrel for the majority of voters. People are smarter than that.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  118. G. Robinson

    Barack Obama is a human being first and then a black man. Let's remeber that before we spend the next 11 months go bananas becasue he is African-American. If anything Barack Obama will hopefully give my brothers and sisters the wake up call they need to realize that we can do ANYTHING we set out to do. I do not believe however he can change race relations because most racists are individuals who have an embedded ideology about certain races and no one – not even Holy scriptures can turn them from their racists attitudes. All I have to say is GO SENATOR OBAMA – whether you win or lose you have allowed me to realize OUR HOPE AS A PEOPLE AND AS A BLACK WOMAN and I THANK YOU AND I THANK GOD FOR YOU!!!!!

    January 7, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  119. Ken

    Jack, my friend, as soon as Hillary crumbles (without any doubt) Obama will bring out the support of all the celebs you mentioned. They just have to make sure that Hillary is toast first.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  120. Mike


    Barack Obama, while profoundly eloquent, did not need to use words to play up the fact that he was flying in the face of precedent. His words have echoed with many Americans on issues such as poverty, faith, corruption, hope, and change, but he doesn't need to throw in "oh, by the way, I'm black, so that's change!" Black candidates before him made it KNOWN that they were black, and SMART, and POWERFUL. Obama silently lived it, not quialifying himself as anything other than a man with a mission.

    Topsfield, MA

    January 7, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  121. Ruth

    Racism may not be as much of a political issue that it has been, but it is still something many deal with on a daily basis, myself included. But I do believe that this is showing that race or ethnicity is become much less emphasized in politics than in recent years. Although it was sort of disappointing to see on that interview, that a lot of the people coming out to support Obama were just there because of his celebrity, rather than the issues, it is good to see that America is finally looking at the content of the man rather than other superficial aspects.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  122. Tosha

    Personally I don't understand why so much emphasis is being put on Obama being black and Clinton being a woman. What ever happened to wanting the best person for the job? Our country is in turmoil right now and it seems as if a person being black or a woman is more important everyday. When Bush was running for office no one ever mentioned how many men were running, just the topics that made since(even though it wasn't a fair race), but the issues being discussed were important not their race or gender. I think that we need to focus more on what the candidates can do to relieve this country and how fast they can get it done.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  123. Chems

    Jack, being black and having travelled in many Europeens country, I can tell you that with few exceptions, every black has a decent shot at life in this country. And America is the greatest country on earth. Obama has worked hard and he is getting the reward he deserves. I am black, and I personnally don't pay any attention to Jessee and Al Sharpton. They are sending the wrong message to the black youth. There is only one thing that pay off and that is hard work and then you can HOPE


    Alexandria, VA

    January 7, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  124. Rachel, Storm Lake, IA

    Obama's win in Iowa is especially significant when viewed in conjunction with the tremendous turnout of young voters that accompanied the victory. To me this shows that young voters aren't interested in the ideas of the old school when it comes to politics or race, and are instead more interested in the future of the country that they will inherit. These voters have chosen the candidate that has the ability to build the consensus to bring change, and the color of his skin means nothing to them. This gives me tremendous hope for the future of this country and the ability of my generation to look at the broader picture, rather than at petty differences like race.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  125. chuck in Md.

    Obama is my choice for President. He seems like an honest person who will try to unite the country. Although, I don't believe that as long as people like Al Sharpton are making their livings by dividing Americans, will anything change.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  126. Nate

    It's been nearly 20 years since I have felt a national black leader's presence. As a 42 year old black man myself, Obama has already had an impact on me. I am beginning to believe what I have always told myself, I am not a second class citizen and I actually can be anything I want to be.

    With each Obama victory this nation heals, only internally and externally as well. I am full of pride and patriotism, once again.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  127. Pat Shaw

    I was in my 20s when a Senator named Kennedy lifted us to a new self awareness and made us not only feel better about ourselves, but about our nation as well. His "Ask not..." inspired us all. I'm 74 now and I get the same feeling when I listen to Senator Obama. He lifts us up and makes us feel as though we really can be better than we are. Why was a one-term governor of Texas more qualified to be President than a well-seasoned first term US Senator with years of state-elected experience and a vision that isboth motivational and inspirational? Listening to Obama, I know I can fly!

    January 7, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  128. Rose

    First of all, Obama is NOT Black. He is bi-racial. His mother is White. This allows him to see the black culture and white culture in America ... one reason he transcends the race card. He grew up looking black and living with his white mother being accepted or rejected for reasons other than his race, yet being accepted or rejected based on being "a half breed". It's a different culture when one is multi-racial whether one has African, Asian, Native American, or Caucasian blood. I know, I'm a multi-racial American woman.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  129. Richard, Mckinney Texas

    What change about race? I am the same color today as I was yesterday and so are you Jack. You honestly think because a black man is running for president it will change things? America had a black man run for president years ago by the name of Jessie Jackson who had a lot more black support then Obama who is not black by the way he is of mixed race. Obama's biggest problems are he is young ,unproven, inexperienced and can't change his middle name which is "Hussein" and that, this day and age is what will hurt him the most in America.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  130. Ron HATCH


    I hope this ends the media obsession about race realtions in this country so that your efforts can be focused on reporting about the issues that could lead to our demise such as illegal immigration, medicare, medicaid and social secuirty.

    Ron Richmond VA

    January 7, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  131. Joseph Obajolu

    Obama will not be supported by most black Americans (super stars and co) until they know the whites will put him in the white house. Obama is not looked at as a black american, but rather a foreigner who happens to have an American birth certificate and American passport. With all due respect, the so called black Americans (people with family that were here during the civil right movement), have a problem about other blacks coming to share the goodies of America with them without their family not going through the pain of slavery.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  132. Beverly

    The only ones who seem to be using the race card is the media IMO. NO one in the media has investigated Obama like they have Hillary! Why not? Are you afraid of being called racist? Don't you think the American people have the right to know all about Obama, his past and his politics? Or is it a woman hating thing with CNN that every moment of Hillary has to be broadcast 24/7 with a "isn't she horrible" slant and Obama gets a free pass? Seems to me Obama's answer to the drivers licenses for illegals was as bad if not worse than what Hillary had said a debate before, but he was not endlessly covered in the news for the next week with ridicule like she was. MSNBC practically has coronated Obama already as the second coming–I see CNN is not far behind!! The only ones I can see who have a problem with race is the media, the public can see he is black, and the media is afraid of it!

    January 7, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  133. Kiko

    As long as the presidential nominee is not named Bush, I could care less about the race of the nominee. He can be black, white, yellow, green, or blue; it doesn't matter as long as we get this meatball out of the whitehouse.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  134. David Krause

    For a number of years there have been several African-American politicians breaking through at the local & regional levels without a racial focus in their campaigns. Here in Seattle, for example, we've had former mayor Norm Rice and current King County Executive Ron Sims. Now, Mr. Obama is bringing that same element to the national scene, and is proving successful. This "new" wave succeeds because the candidates position themselves as people, not white people or black people, but people. That is the most basic step needed for getting beyond the racial divide.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  135. James

    Cafferty, Obama is a Black Man trying to Steal More Chain than He can Carry!

    January 7, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  136. jane s

    Ask yourself a question I have asked myself Jack . Is this country more ready for a black man to be President or a woman? It's a no brainer. Don't talk to me about race when in fact gender is the real elephant in this political "room" Now Hillary being critized for being emotional when all the press could do for months was point out her lack of warmth or personal touch. You know Jack, I adore you and have for years but I implore you to stand back and take a hard look at what is really going on here. Obama has been given a free pass...the cowards afraid to press this man on his policies to see if they have any substance...his race has given him this untouchable protection because no one wants to appear like a bigot but the gloves have been off from beginning when it came Hillary.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  137. David

    I run a multi-million dollar facility and instill in my employees that it does not matter the color of your skin nor your race that matters but that you are judged not so much by your words but rather your actions. I happen tobe a proud Independent for the past 12 years and will make a decision on election day. Is Lou listening?
    David from CT

    January 7, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  138. Lecia Shorter

    Barack Obama's success to date somewhat changes the debate about race relations as to politics, but not necessarily in other areas such as education, jobs and inequities in our judicial system. His success says more about white america than it does about black america. We are so desperate for change as a nation that we are willing to not consider race and latch on to someone who represents what we need at this time in history.

    Also, many successful African Americans in the entertainment industry quietly supported Barack Obama in the beginning of his campaign with a rather signficant fund raiser in Beverly Hills. Sometimes secretative financial support is far better than openly indicating your support thereby subjecting yourself to controversy and criticism. At least at this juncture anyway.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  139. Roxy in TX

    It just shows how the likes of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are adding "fuel to the fire" of racism; just the opposite of what they claim to be doing. 2 peas in a pod; but idiots yet! They are the driving force behind most of the remaining BAD racial issues that we have in this country, and the sooner the black community realizes this the better we will ALL be!

    January 7, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  140. Brad Ellis

    For Barack goin into the rural streets of Iowa, where it's predominantly white and to win in the fashion he did shows great strides this country is making. It's the kind of country that I am proud to be apart of and want to live in. With Barack Obama doing this right now, it's only going to open up avenue's for black presidential hopefuls for the future. I'm watching you Barack from Iraq! Good Luck!

    January 7, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  141. Rick Rod

    I feel Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton seem to have a vested interest in maintaining the racial status quo. Obama can redefine race relations in this country forever and that in itself is worth my vote. I’m not sure he needs P Ditty’s or any other overpaid urban entertainer’s endorsement. In fact it might hurt with most voters.

    Rick, From Las Vegas

    January 7, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  142. Sheryl

    The fact that Obama won in "lily white" Iowa fills me with excitement , hope and pride. I am excited that and hopeful for the direction this country is headed and PROUD that we are finally moving into a new era. A new generation is rising up and letting us hear it's voice and this new generation is saying loud and clear "We judge people on the merit of their words and actions – NOT by the color of their skin" .

    January 7, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  143. Tyron

    Please understand that the people that have yet to endorse Barack know that the white mentality still doesn't want to see African-Americans politically bonded. If traditional black leaders publically supported Barack, it might serve to polarize Barack's campaign and paint him as being simply for black peolpe when he is really for American people.

    Black people understand this and so only black people that are viewed by the white mind as "safe" for white people (a.k.a. Oprah) will be the ones to openly support Barack and the rest of us will be there when it is time to go to the polls.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  144. Chris Tierkaa

    In regards to race relations, I think Obama has clearly changed my view fundamentally. It will be naive of any black to expect specifically pro-black policies with an Obama presidency; most definitely, there'll be pro-American policies. The onus will be on all Americans (blacks included) to prepare and seize the opportunities that such pro-American good policies would offer, and then make the most of them. Obama is certainly an American President in the making – not a black President.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  145. connie

    Jack, has there been a debate going on in this country about race? I seem to have missed it.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  146. william fitzwater , ca

    I am a person while white grew up in a perdominately all black community. I understand what if "feels" to be black.
    However most black people which I believe is more of a state of mind are choosing what works for them while all the rest no non black some how want to put some thing into the debate. This election season for the democratic part is a seriews of first a women a black man and I supposed a angry white man candite in Ewards.
    The thing we have to learn is America is changing because america is no longer all white just look at the immgration both leagl and ill legal . This is going to put a group of people who are not white skined into power eventually . Because the white majority is rapidly becomin a minoty I think it is good for the shoe so to speak to be on the other foot and experence the series of road bloak there are for people to all eqauilty.

    I am white and a Obama supporter not because he is a native son to me. Like julie brown black girl trapped in the boady of a white girl .

    It is all in attitude of the feeling of being black . I know it sounds silly but it goes both ways and masny people don't even know they are living this way.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  147. Wesley Kabaila

    Barack Obama, has captured the hearts and minds of many Americans not because of his race, but because of his vision of American and his ability to presendt this vision in the tradition of John and Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King. Obama has inspired and generation of people in the same way JFK inspired my genenration in 1960. i would love to see an Obama and Gore ticket and Hillary and Edwards serve in the Cabinet. Bill should be considered Ambassador to the UN. Don't hate, just vote in 2008!!!!!

    January 7, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  148. Michael

    I believe the race relations question and issue is the same. A majority of Americans will not vote for a newcomer that does not have the political, economic and educaitonal experiences to lead the most powerful nation in history. I don't think he (Obama) is ready for the Presidency and would spend, if even elected, the first two years dependent upon advisors and others. I am a liberal Democrat and will not vote for him, no matter what! We cannot have a President that can't lead the world starting on day one. He would loose to a Republican in November 2008!

    January 7, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  149. alex corbin

    no and yes. the deeper racism that media is not able to fully vet is gender. as for obama, he's riding safely above the fray for two reasons: one//because hillary is the real racist target. she is delfecting the hatred for him.

    but back to iowa and new hampshire – the 'white states'. you pundits have got it all wrong: where no one feels the entrenched antagonisms typical of the larger states, obama can run stereotype free – as a man. but wait till you get the the reactions of the rest of americans who deal daily with the internecine enmity and suspicion. obama will not have an so easy a time. in fact, iowa was a vaccum. michigan, ohio, indiana, california, new york is an altogether different ball games.let the real games begin.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  150. John C

    It's not about race relations but American's search for an exciting fresh 'change' of person. The 'change' is about the people as much as the politics. Sen. Obama is a capativating personality. Sen. Clinton was hostile and somewhat superior or entitled in 1993 and America saw that again Saturday. Today's Hillary meltdown was fatigue and realization from her polls.... a majority of America simply 'does not like her'. Her politics are not much different than Sen. Obama's. We are looking for a 'change' of personality. Unfortunately for Sen. Clinton, there is not much you can do when it's not your political positions but your personality at issue.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  151. Okyere

    Obama's success is surprising, but it doesn't change the debate about race. Since the Iraq War 27,000 young Black men lost their lives in America, theres a bigger war in America than the one in Iraq. Its time Americans stand for change.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  152. Jason in Ky

    The only ones that keep talking about racism and make it look even worse is the media. There are far more problems in this world then racism. Let someone invade our country like we are doing to others an you'll see how race doesn't matter. People come together for a certain cause and that right now should be for our civil liberties. Our freedoms are being taking away and the constitution isn't the problem, it's the ignorance of the people living under it.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  153. Ross

    Race is a myth. Anthropology and genetics have shown this. If people had their DNA tested they may be surprised by their "identities". It is about time the people of America, as well as the leaders to be, left "race" out of the argument. The only "debate" is among those that make a living keeping the "debate" alive.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  154. Annie

    The debate about race ended a long time ago. Why is CNN still trying to stir it up!
    I am a white 57 year old Republican that is going to vote for Obama. I want someone that is well educated and level headed and can speak to and lead "ALL" of the United States citizens, and the leaders of other countries. There is no other candidate that can do that.

    ps. Are you guys trying to make is a race war because you are backing someone else?

    January 7, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  155. Diane E


    Obama's background is much more like George Bush than it is the black kid in the Hood or the middle class suburbs. He attended only exclusive private schools, skated on drug problems, legacy admission to Harvard – his daddy has a Harvard PHD. All children of wealth and privilege are the same color - green. It is only us ordinary people who create barriers and prejudice fighting over the scraps.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  156. Linda C.Henderson

    Dear Jack
    I think Obama would make a great President,my question is for all those that are considering he's Black,tell me how much worse could he do?look at what we have now.


    January 7, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  157. Nadeem I

    I am neither black not white, but I always trusted the American people to make the right decision when it comes to electing their leader which is beyond the race and religion. This country is waiting for a visionary and passionate leader who is beyond religion and race and it has found that person in Obama. He may not be elected at the end as all long term polls are indicating, but his candidacy will make a long term effect on America how it sees the question of race.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  158. Gail

    Perhaps what is important about Barack Obama's candidacy is that he is running as an "American" presidential candidate and not a "black" presidential candidate. I, for one, am glad to see it.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  159. Howard Hill

    We won't know what impact this will have on race-relations until the primaries are over. if OBAMA GETS THE NOMINATION, then we will know! I am from Southern California, and I remember when Mayor Tom Bradley was being anointed for Governor by Blacks and Whites...but when the actual votes were cast, he lost dismally! So much for...'Charisma' when race is involved.


    January 7, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  160. Debby

    The media keeps saying that Senator Obama is black but seems to have forgotten he had a white American mother. Who in this political race is better suited than a child raised in a mixed family to understand the differences, needs, and attitudes towards and of both races than Senator Obama. Not mention the fact that he has been exposed to different religions and cultures that few Americans ever do. And yes, I agree with D-Dog, it is ridiculous that in the 21st century we talk about both race and sex. Lesser "developed" countries have had both as Presidents and Prime Ministers decades ago.....

    January 7, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  161. kris


    January 7, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  162. Roger Madison

    Barack Obama’s success so far in the campaign only changes the debate about race a little. He has prven that a compelling compelling vision of a better future can attract support, no matter who offers that vision. Now that he has won in Iowa - and if he wins in New Hampshire - then we will begin to see if a Black politician wth the right vision for America can sustain that support through to success in the general election. His success doesn't mean racial issues are resolved, nor that race doesn't matter. The idea isn't that race doesn't mater, the point is that someone who understands issues that affect everyone can be successful regardless of his or her race.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  163. Maureen


    Hopefully, Finally, we are Going "Color Blind". It's about energy, vision and stamina! We want a change and it has to be a Powerful Hope for the future of our country. Lets have dialog instead of arrogance. Lets have an understanding that we need to care about each other and help those all over the world when we can. Poverty breeds militias and gangs. We know this, so lets educate, feed and give people the dignity they deserve. We will then have, hopefully, peace once again. I'm a John Edwards fan. I'm an Obama fan and I'm a Ron Paul fan!

    in Massachusetts

    January 7, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  164. Lonnie Ward

    Really not much,JACK. Obama's win in Iowa was the result of allowing non-resident college students and uninformed 17 year olds vote in the caucuses.Then immediately Obama and Edwards join in an unholy alliance to defeat Hillary in NH.Are the Democrats becoming like the Republicans of the past 35 years,who have been willing to eat their own children in order to win elections and hold onto power?If ,as Wolf keeps saying,Hillary is wounded and damaged,and Obama and Edwards turn on each other then the hick from Hayseed gives us an even more religio-centerist 4 more years.Haven't you had enough yet?

    January 7, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  165. Gary

    Lets not be fouled, Barack Obama is the best at what he does, whether he was black or white there is not another in america capable of doing what he is doing. He is the man for the moment and the moment is for this man!
    What 's happening is America has finally found a black man that doesnt throw the ills of their fore parents' years of racism and slavery in there face. America is still racist just not to Obama! and sorry I forgot Oprah!

    January 7, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  166. John Penna

    Dear Jack,

    What's this about Obama always being called black. I thought he is half white and half black. Perhaps that's what America needs, a candidate of both races that can help unite us and help us to stop thinking in black and white terms. When I was in the service, black and white, hispanic, etc., fought together and in many instances became life-long friends. I see no race issue with Obama. I am concerned about the issues, including the corruption in Washington which seems to be heading our great nation into an unending downward spiral.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  167. Jacqueline Mongeot

    50 years, 2 generations after the bloody sixties... and do you seriously believe that the color of one's skin still matters that much? If it does, shame on Americans and their bigotry. By the way, is he black? is he white? To me he is an intelligent, charismatic, eloquent, convincing, passionate man. A man who is not yet ready for the presidency. though. 4 more years in the Senate would be beneficial to review andrefine his plan for changes. Jacqueline. San Diego

    January 7, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  168. Sandra Scott

    I truly believe that Senator Obama is the link that America needs to reunite the country. A country undivided will never stand and I believe many old and young voters believe this. This man represents the best of both worlds in that his mother was white and his father black. More importantly, he is brilliant in the way he is conducting his campaign. He appears resigned to running one that is focused not on the dirt dished towards him by his opponents but the way he remains steadfast and focused on the people he so dearly wants to serve. One opponent chooses to focus on the fact he spent a lot of money towards his campaign. That's not a bad thing. I believe at this point Barak would empty his pockets to ensure that America continues on this path to change. Anyone who can't see America needs to change the way it has been conducting business is either blind or dead. Thanks to CNN for showing the humble beginnings that brought Barak to the race for the White House. Barak keep up the good fight. Your efforts are not going unnoticed. Keep focused! The dirt they sling at you will only get your back. You are well on your way. America is a dignified country with smart people who are tired of the misrepresentation being offered to them through the status quo. Senator Obama, the only way you can be defeated is if you turn around to gaze at those behind you. God bless you and all America.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  169. Adal

    It is clearly a land mark through the ever improving race relations in US. But it shouldn't be used as an indicator of "equality". The play ground is far from being fair. I believe Obama is the electable candidate, but I heard some people in Iowa voted for him just to feel "comfortable" from racial struggle in their mind, and prove to themselves that they are not racist

    January 7, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  170. gerry

    Obama= Bill Clinton +1.

    That means that whereas many people regarded Clintion as "the first Black president", Obama is really and truly the firtst Balck man who can be president.

    And this is because Obama's real power comes from the 'vibe' which he gives off to people of all races.

    And being Bill Clintion + 1, not even Bill Clintion can stop him, far less Hillary.

    Obama is the real deal, available to all of us in, yes, Black and White( pun intended).

    He is us, all of us. He represents the melting pot that we at last realize that we can be.

    He marks the end of the knee jerk fear.


    January 7, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  171. frank

    Jesse beat Bill? Al Sharpton won which primary?
    Edwards against Mc Cain? Edwards beat Kerry in '04?
    Obama beat who???
    Richardson beat ???? Gov. was his first elected office
    before that he worked for Clinton.
    America wants to vote to the left?? Where do you live? Canada? America does not look a man's color? Senator Ford from TN? Sen. Jackson? Pres. Sharpton?
    Obama will win in the South? Bill Richardson might just win in the west?
    Obama will take Indiana, Kentuky, Missippi, South Dakota, Texas, Alabama, Kansas, Florida, or California?
    Mc Govern won in Iowa. Later he lost that one.
    Not yet. Although we are getting better.

    Good Luck, if you wish hard enough and follow the yellow brick road I'm sure you will get to the place you want.
    best wishes

    January 7, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  172. politicaldiscourse

    It means that yet another new generation of young Americans are once again acting as formidable catalysts for improving race relations in America. To many voters, Obama personifies a trancension of historic racial obstacles. He does not exude the anger and resentment that Reverend Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton exudes as a result of their experiences with racial disenfranchisement (although Obama is just as passionate). Generally, racial progression in America has been historically determined by the attitudes of white Americans since they constitute roughly two-thirds of the population. Obama's success thus far proves that while many African-Americans have been ready for an African-American president, it doesn't really matter unless white Americans are ready.

    So far, it seems that they are.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  173. Karen

    I don't know about racism, but sexism sure is alive and rampant. What are you guys MSNBC? What has media come to when Fox is now the most impartial?

    January 7, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  174. Lloyd

    Jack it is too soon to trip over the support Obama has gained in snow white Iowa. It has been hundred of years of trickery and planting of individuals, that has influenced African Americans into playing a wait and see game.
    Do you remember the Africam American supreme Judge chosen by president Bush 1, Well African Americans do not want to be guided into who they should recognise as worthy from their ethnic background.

    Obama is great , but what would have happened if African Americans had been the first to show mega love for Barack Obama. Is it possible that Iowa or New Hampshire might have ignored him as they did Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton.

    Race relations in America can't be overcome in 24 hours.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  175. Monika

    Race relations will not change if Obama is elected. The very preface to your question already confirms this: "big-time black celebrities haven’t announced their support of Obama yeT, people like Spike Lee, Denzel Washington, Quincy Jones, BET Chairman and founder Robert Johnson, Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr., authors Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison, and rappers “Diddy” and “Jay Z.” Why is it that the media continues to run to black entertainers for their opinions on the state of black America? How come you are not running to Steven Speilberg, Tom Cruise, Britney Spears, Brett Favre and Justin Timberblake for their opinions on the white candidates? Why, because you view them as white America's ENTERTAINERS not their LEADERS! Race relations in America will remain the same because deep down inside people, just like you, still have their misconceptions about who and what black America represents. This country still has yet to even recognize, apologize, and provide a reparations format for its evil and horrendous involvement in the slave trade. If America cannot even acknowledge that, how can it ever begin to acknowledge the very real and alive institutional racism that still exists TODAY! Let's be honest folks!

    January 7, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  176. Janis

    Great question! Finally someone talking about what Barack's success really means! Yes, this is America and people of ALL races, religions, and gender have equal opportunity! The "Jesse Jackson" race card group needs to find something else to fuss about or maybe get a real job! Uncle Tom died a long time ago, good riddance and may he Rest In Peace!

    January 7, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  177. Brad Ellis

    For Barack to go into the rural streets of Iowa and win in the fashion that he did shows great strides that this nation is taking. It's the kind of country that I want to be apart of and proud to say I live in. With Mr. Obama doing this now, it's only going to open up avenue's for potential black presidential hopefuls in the future! Mr. Obama I am watching you from Iraq!

    January 7, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  178. john from PA

    Everyone seems to be overlooking that fact that Obama's mother is white. If you factor that in it puts a different light (no pun intended) on your question. That is why the people you mention have not endorsed Obama. He is not black enough for them. Forget this Alice in Wonderland, this is the 21st Century and race doesn't matter garbage. For many people on all sides of the issue it still does and that will affect their vote.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  179. Marcus Graham

    I think it is a great thing to see, not just in America, but in the mainly "White" American states such as Iowa and New Hampshire. My feeling is that they have not been against having a black president, just not a angry black president who was going to use issues of race instead of the social issues of all. Obama is the embodiment of a American, he just happens to be Black. The issues he speaks on are the issues we all face; black, white, yellow, or whatever. This country was founded for the people, by the people(all people), but the people have been forgotten. Now the people want to take thier country back, and they see the opportunity with Obama. Even Clinton can see her dreams slipping away, thus the emotional press conferences. But I don't think that the country is going to by the black man made the white woman cry and change thier minds about wanting real change. Old tactics can't work in this election. If we as a people truly want change, we have to first change ourselves. Finally, if you want something different, you have to do something different. Well, I assure you that it doesn't get any more different than voting a black man to be President of the USA. May the will of God be done. God Bless.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  180. Rev. Donald Logan

    Jack you have finally given me a question I can respond to in the time frame allotted

    But your question is loaded, you approach us with the proverbial "token" image and cast it up against a stark contrasting reality; that of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.
    Why don't you raise the stakes in this multi-million dollar contest. Which by the way has not even played two hands and all of the players are not at the table.

    I dare you to bring Alan Keyes into the game. And then ask the question who will the savvy voters support, Black, White or Natal American?

    In case it slipped your mind, Keyes is on the ballot in 18 states, and the Dems. are counting delegates not popular votes, Hillary Clinton has already been allocated 169 to Obama's less than 70. and if it comes to a Third Party consideration, your pals (in the media) have already elected Bloomberg. Everyone will drop out at the last minute and give their votes to him. Thereby the Multi-BILLIONAIRE, will become President without spending one dime; and the Mass Media will survive another four years on the expenditure of a hundred hopeful "losers"

    See you at the polls in 2012.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  181. Daniel, Seatle, WA

    Obama does not seem to limit his identity to his ethnicity. He appreciates his ethnicity as part of his character, but does not act as if this ethnicity determines his place in society nor his political views. In this way, like an increasing number of Americans, Obama has transcended ethnicity and race without disowning or dissociating from it. He has more of a world-centric identity and morality, which makes him very appealing to the millions of Americans of all races and ethnicities who have also risen above the limitations of ethno-centric thinking and racial politics.

    Pollsters and pundits who fail to understand this developmental perspective continue to sort people into ethnic/racial categories and wonder why, for example, more balck celebrities don't support Obama. But why should they? If they are ethno-centric in their own politics, they will not see Obama as their champion.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  182. Keith DC

    I dont think that Barak's color change's anything. Mr. Obama is such an engaging person that his personality allows any red blooded American get past the color and actually listen to what he has to say. I don't see why race has to enter the equation, it didn't when he was raising over $100 million for the campaign. Why is it that the only one's talking about his race is the Media? It's as if they constantly want to remind people that he is black, to be specific half black half white, as to say that it's a bad thing or that there is a negitive overture assigned to his status now. These are the types of changes that Mr. Obama's talking about, wake up or get left in the 19th Century!

    January 7, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  183. John W

    Senator Obama's success in Iowa suggests there has been more (long overdue)improvement in race relations than in gender relations in our nation. Senator Clinton is still being attacked for honest "emotional responses" and "anger" that would be considered virtues in any male candidate, and nobody seems to be commenting on ugly jackets worn by male candidates.

    John W (a 60-something man, in case that's relevant)

    January 7, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  184. Lydia K.Patterson

    This message is for ALL people. Especially Black folks in AMERICA:
    It's been years that I've been wondering out we black were going to get out there and forget about the color of our skin and make the change. OBAMA did just that, if he's been winning, it's simply because he's not like Reverend AL Sharpten or Jessie Jackson. These two OLD guys who are supposed to show wisdom always use Race card. There are racists in both Black and white and any other race. I'm not saying we should forget what happen to us. But by constantly condemning white people we're just going in circle and remain in status quo.
    Most black peole claim to have faith. isn't Christianity about forgiveness?
    Looking at Obama, I said to myself, "Free at last , free at last. Thanks God Almighty we're free at last".
    I lived in 17 different countries before moving to the United States. Being black, there are no other countries I feel home as I do here.
    Even if OBAMA doesn't win, he would achieve a greate "race" victory that is show America and the rest of the world, that AMERICA IS A GREAT COUNTRY WHERE EVERYONE HAVE GREAT OPPORTUNITIES to strive. It's HIGH time we're black people decide not to be victims and follow OBAMA inspiring path.

    Lydia K. Patterson
    Woodbridge, VA

    January 7, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  185. Mbah Louis

    I think it shows that most younger Americans are slowly starting to see pass the color of someones skin after many years of otherwise. And I think that the other big name African-Americans are slow to embrace the new hope!

    January 7, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  186. Femalady

    Obama is above race. That is one of the reasons he so appealing. The man has a vision that most people can agree with, not stale rhetoric that we have heard a thousand times. I haven't felt like this about a candidate since the Kennedy years: A deep seated feeling of hope! I was beginning to think we had lost that forever! Hilary is okay but I sure would rather vote for Sen. Obama! He is the best of all worlds!

    January 7, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  187. RWhite

    I don't believe that he can make that kind of change on his own, he is not smart enough to do so. He is merely a talking head and people are falling for all the yelling and constant parading he is doing. As a black woman I hope that the American people dont fall for the HYPE and remember that the things Obama is saying and doing now is what got our country in the mess it's currently in. I hope people are smart enough to know the difference this time around that he has no handle on the issues at hand and skates around them any chance he gets. Yes he is riding the wave, the race wave, the minority wave and the vote for me I'm like you wave and I think that is demeaning to all Americans not just a certain ethnicity but to all.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  188. Joe Herbert

    Since the beginning of modern politics in 1890 the elitists in the parties and big business have used race, ethnicity, religion and gender to tear the American People into 'controllable' voting power blocks.

    It was the essential foundation of machine politics, in Chicago it was Daily and the Irish, in Boston it was Fitzgerald and the Irish. NY's Tamany Hall was different, using the mob and mob oriented business, but it remains the same 'machine politics' even to the White House where Bush and Chaney have proved the power of the machine.

    Machine Candidates like Clinton, Romey, McCain and Guliani are terrified of the Obamas, Huckabee's and Pauls who are running. They fear the power of a united people.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  189. Philip Mead, Concord NH

    Obama truly represents a changing of the guard in terms of race relations. The old guard, Jackson, Sharpton and the rest, sat on their haunches and watched while Obama, aided by Oprah ( who really knows a winner when she sees one), stole the show. This is the begining of the end of the old era of racial bigotry in this country and it shows just how ready the vast majority of Americans are, to put racial prejudice behind them.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  190. Steve - Iowa

    Americans have been undermined by politicians and partisan politics far too long. We are searching for the people who wear their integrity, passion and compassion on their sleeves and relate it to others. People are not necessarily promoted because of experience, but because of their ability to lead, to think, to judge in a positive sense and truly associate with people's values of right and wrong. When these traits are predominant and realized, diversity is not a negative, but possibly a plus. You will find these same characterisitcs with Bill Richardson.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  191. Jesse in FL

    As an African American I think it's a shame that not a lot of prominent minority leaders are not showing support for Obama. I feel that a significant and symbolic moment such as this, and what many died and fought for in the past, may be missed by minorities if media and community leaders don't show any support. Makes you wonder if the prejudice and ignorance lie within one's own race.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  192. Danielle

    I would like to ask you a question. Is Obama 100% black or he is halfwhite halfblack. I noticed the news media only talk about his black parentage. Isn't his mother white? Why is there a refusal on the part of the media to talk about his mother? CNN even sent a correspondent to Kenya to visit Obama's village? Why is there a focus on his black side. Please be fair give his mother credit as well. She deserves it.


    January 7, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  193. Mark Davis

    Obama provides a chance for most whites to actually validate, in their own hearts and minds, that they can move past their own mis-perceptions of the racial divisions that have pervaded throughout our history. He provides a platform of possibilitiy. The change of which he promotes is multi-dimensional. A change towards a vision wherein we are seeing in another his/or her unlimited potential. He encourages us to be a representation of our strengths and to move beyond all of our fear. Most of all he is enabling a template for an America where we help each other to believe in and become involved in making each others lives better. He invites participation...inclusion.
    Race has made us aware of our fears in turning into exhausting forms of racism, homophobia and isolationism. He is emblematic of a steam release...Perhaps we can move the hell on... White America is most certainly ready for an African American President...my big concern is: Is Black America ready?

    January 7, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  194. CS

    It remains to be seen if Obama is "black enough" to represent the American black community to have much effect at all on race relations. He can't lay claim to having shared the American black experience, having spent many of his formative years overseas, and having been subsequently raised primarily by his white American mother after a divorce and his father's return to Kenya.

    We all know he can make a great speech - that's what brought him to national prominence at the Democratic National Convention - but beyond that & his skin color, what do we really know about him?

    January 7, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  195. Ken Etter

    I am disturbed by the election coverage that CNN has been presenting. Pretending that the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary are the belwweahers for the nation, when they are hardly representative of the country is quite simply pandering.

    I am also disturbed that there has been no comment from CNN about the nation's inability to stand behind a woman candidate. As a country, we are still amazingly chauvinistic and find a female candidate unpalatable, particularly amongst women voters. But, while CNN has no problem discussing Barack Obama's race Hillary Clinton's gender seems to be off-limits. Where is this reporting?

    January 7, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  196. Mbah Louis

    I think it shows that most younger Americans are slowly starting to see past the color of someone's skin after many years of otherwise. And I think that the other big name African-Americans are slow to embrace the new hope!

    January 7, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  197. Jamie Bloomquist

    When Hillary Clinton first announced for President, I followed the conventional wisdom that big money, superb organization and Bill, would carry her most of the way to the nomination and that H.L. Mencken’s maxim, that “No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public,” would finish the delivery. They say Barak Obama’s appeals to the young. But all of us were young once. If my perspective, as child of Watergate and the assassinations of the 60s, is any indication of what is happening, then Obama is inspiring the “youngster” in even the most hardboiled cynic of us who long ago stopped believing that real leadership was possible. The audacity of hope is like riding a bicycle… you may be be a bit wobbly at first, but you remember.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  198. saundra


    Listen, some of us are in disbelief of the Obama phenomenon. Yet, we are filled pride as we watch him pursue the White House. I was fully intending to vote for Hillary because I felt it was a, "2 for 1" proposition. Our country is in really bad shape so I rationalized having Bill and Hillary would be good. But now, I am looking at Obama with amazement. It hasn't been too long ago we would have feared for his life for pursing the WH!

    In the final analysis we African-Americans will support Obama and loudly defend him in every way necessary to make sure he gets a chance to do what many feel he is capable of doing for the country. This is more about him being different from all these other candidate. And it doesn't hurt that he is biracial, let us be clear about that too.

    Prior to Obama I couldn't focus for ten minutes on primaries, but now I am engaged and can watch TV all night looking for news on his progress.

    Thanks for the opportunity to weigh in, Jack.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  199. sam munyiri

    Obama is not a proud American but he is proud to be American ad I belive he will make us proud to be Americans and not proud Americans regardless of race.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  200. Jason, Maryland

    The Iowa Caucus results reinforce Obama's message. He is the candidate of change. He transcends ethnic and racial barriers. As Obama says, he is an
    African-American but his ethnicity does not define him. He is above special interests and identity politics. The American people can see that he is genuine. That is why he is beating Hillary so badly in the New Hampshire polls and dethroned her as the front runner. America is ready to elect a Black President. They are ready to elect a Woman President. What most Americans care about is what you stand for not what you look like. If you don't believe it wait for the South Carolina primary. Can anyone really question America's progress in race relations if Obama wins in the Southern State that was the first to secede from the Union? We're living in historic times and I have a feeling that Obama is going to make history as the first Black President of the United States at a time when we need a strong leader more than ever.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  201. Kev

    Barack Obama is barely ready to be Senator of Illinois let alone President of the United States. As a black male I do not feel Obama can relate to the African American community nor is he even trying. He is far from it. That would be why they love him in Iowa.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  202. Deb

    If you're drowning, do you really care what color or gender the person is who is throwing you are rope?

    January 7, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  203. MAV

    It doesn't and it shouldn't. Obama started his campaign off with less of the black vote than Hillary did. Let's not forget Maya Angelou and Quincy Jones have already endorsed Hillary Clinton.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  204. Prince

    Barack obama win in Iowa and lead in the polls in N.H. only shows that America is ready for an inspirational leader who is capable of uniting the nation as a whole but with his competence rather than his race on his sleeves. He reminds us of some of our great leaders but even his victory as president would not mean that race relations has somehow been repaired but would definitely serve as a step in the right direction.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  205. Karen

    Oh, ah.... look at that expression! That fist in the air! Look how strong not angry he is! What a powerful not angry man he is! What conviction not anger he demonstrates! What commitment not anger! That's a confident not angry man! Belief not anger! Depth not anger! I bet he doesn't even know how to turn an oven on let alone bake cookies. What a man's man. Oooh! Aaah!

    January 7, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  206. Dana

    Those who are race haters will always be, no changing that. However, Majority of American's want change and not the same right and left wing politics we have been seeing for years. We need someone who cares about the people and for the people, which is what this Country was built on and that appears to be Obama. Some will care about race, but most of us just want action and change!

    January 7, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  207. mark

    Obama's win in Iowa and lead in New Hampsire maybe a sign that things are changing, but I think it is too early to assess Obama's impact on race relations in the US. One of the primary reasons Obama has so far been successful is his ability to attract independent voters. However, you have to get behind why independent are voting for him? In other words, are they voting for him or against Clinton? The true test will come if Obama wins the nomination and we will have to see to what extent the the independents stay with him or go toward the traditional white male candidate.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  208. Annie

    Barak Obama's father was black. His mother was white. Why are you so worried about the color of his skin? Racist black people don't consider him black. Racist white people don't consider him white. The rest of us don't consider the color of one's skin as a prerequisite for the Presidency.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  209. Jihad Baker

    Let's not get carried away with pats on the back for race relations, I never believed in celebrating a first quarter lead in any type of sport. I am a Chicago Bear & Cub fan from Illinois so let's be serious and stay focused.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  210. Hilary

    Well we could BEGIN by getting the race correct of Barack Hussein Obama.

    He is NOT "black". He is NOT African American either.

    He is half WHITE (Caucasian American) and half BLACK (African father) making him in FACT, Bi-Racial.

    This too is a remarkable thing but never reported accurately nor corrected by Obama who speaks SO lovingly of his late WHITE mother!

    Is he turning his back on that half of himself and his ethnicity?

    WHY have I never hear his middle name I wonder? Hmm..........................

    There is a LOT more to know about all of the candidates BEFORE Nov. 2008 and we need to ask and DEMAND that the media do so fairly as well!

    None of the above would make me vote for or against him nor would the gender one way or another.

    Like most voters I vote of the man/woman and his/her stands and plans on the issues that already confront the new President BUT I want to get the details RIGHT. "the devil is in the details" CNN!

    January 7, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  211. Daphnee

    Well, what do you expect. This election means a lot to African Americans in America. We are being very careful so that we will not be the cause of a loss in this election because of the famous racial factor. Why haven't African Americans endorsed Obama, well the answer is simple and obvious, people do not want to see Obama loose a chance that many thought was once impossible. If too many African Americans show too much support it may scare the supporters away, so they have to play the field and that means being more of a spectator than anything else. Sometimes you are better off supporting form the sideline. As opposed to Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton there campaigns have been more direct on racial issues being strong supporters of many subjects that Americans do not want to be a part of which makes it harder for them to gain support form America in elections. Obama's approach is different, he is trying to win and is doing it in a way that Americans can feel more comfortable in voting for him making a point not to be too involved in racial controversy. Lets remember he is a politician that needs to gain favor fromthe American voters. This doesn't make him less of an African American he is just just trying to get his foot in the door so that he can be accepted to get into office and strat making some much need progess in the White House.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  212. Marcus Graham

    Oh yeah, about the Mainstream black community getting on board. Who cares. This is a American man running for President. Who is P. Diddy or Jay-z to say who is best to run this country. That is part of the problem with politics now, people following the crowd, right or wrong. Why waste a vote because you are following the crowd? It is time for people to stand up and speak thier own mind, not the mind of thier favorite rapper or artist. God Bless!

    January 7, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  213. Joseph Fitts

    Jack Jack Jack...get it right. Obama is biracial and not black. For some reason he doesn't want to acknowledge that or mention it. Almost a year to go, and when you're at the top you have no place to go but down.....Joseph Fitts

    January 7, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  214. Dane in Manchester, CT

    Obama changing race relations? Absolutely. He is bringing forth a new attitude for the black person in America. The moth-eaten race theories that still hang in the minds of Mr. Jackson and Mr. Sharpton are being overlooked. Racial issues still arise today and will continue. They should not be ignored. Judgement based on race is unacceptable. Let's be truthful there are differences on most all levels between whites, blacks and all others in between. We need to be willing to accept these differences and have a higher level of understanding and thinking. All you need is Love Mr. Cafferty.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  215. Beth from Michigan

    It's simple, Jack. Obana doesn't cary the baggage of "decended from slaves" vs "decended from slave owners" that we seem to have, even if our personal ancestors weren't either. We don't think se secretly hates us.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  216. Tina

    You listed noted African American celebrities who have not endorsed Obama. It is no surprise to me that they have not made a decision on a presidential candidate. Aren’t there many white Americans who are undecided? I know it is hard for white America to believe but all black people don’t like fried chicken, know how to dance or want to vote for a presidential candidate because she or he is black. We have dire issues that impact our community that need to be addressed as well. And many African Americans have yet to hear those issues addressed from any of the candidates.

    Lorton, VA

    January 7, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  217. robert

    I do not not knowif the e-mail I sent to the show will be read but I must post my feelings on this question.I am tired of people who make movies or sing or dance or are succesful buisness people supposedly are spokesman for the black community.

    So denzel,spike,etc haven't took the stage with obama,it means nothing we are not a race who live in a bubble and are sitting around the phone at a certain time of day waiting for the phone to ring to see what we should be thinking or wearing or hoping.

    People are trying to say that this election is changing peoples perception I think its bringing out more rhetoric than necessary.Ther is so much that I would like to say on this but I can't type that fast.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  218. Donald

    If anything, Obama's recent success proves that the issue of race is nothing more than a tool of division in America and has been used for centuries to maintain the status quo. It seems that finally, some are understanding that we are not that different afterall. We are all Americans. Each race has fought and died for the colors of our country; to strive for a better tomorrow for all of us. If America is to truly grow, and change our image in the international community, we must show that we have transcended the social construct of race, and accept see that our commonalities far surpass our menial differences.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  219. Diane Alderman

    Our country has been through so much worse things in the previous 8 years than race relations, and Obama brings us the vision of what we truly are as Americans.
    Race becomes irrelevant.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  220. leon zelby

    Obama's win may change race relations which is the reason that Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and such others do not express their support of him because they may lose their respective platforms. Oprah Winfrey had no such problem.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  221. Ed Jatho

    I believe it demonstrates that we, as a nation, have made enormous strides in growing out of racism altogether. I think other young Americans feel the way that I do... I am not my Grandparents. I grew up in integrated schools, with friends in my honor classes who were black, white, and asian, each an individual who could not be underestimated and who was worthy of respect, until proven otherwise by their actions. The race issue is an important part of our history, to recognize, to lament, and ultimately heal and move on... Continue to move on America. Do not let the margins of society, the extremists, dictate what we believe about ourselves. There is only a small vestige of ignorance remaining, putting up nooses, or demanding "reparations." We are ready for a black American president, a woman president, or any other race of president. Give us a man or woman with dignity, a vision for freedom and prosperity for those with a will to take hold of it, and we will elect them.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  222. ida

    I don' t race relations are affected at all. I think people are curious about him because he's "new" and the fad will wear off when Americans wake up and listen to the facts about his inexperience and lack of knowledge in foreign affairs. I agree that he's not running as a "black candidate" because he's riding the racial fence.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:39 pm |
  223. Josh

    As an Hispanic American, I am thrilled to see Sen. Obama surging to the top of the Democratic candidates. I believe that America has moved beyond the stereotype that past African American candidates have portrayed. That stigma is a false representation of what truly exist in America, a country of citizens with diverse backgrounds wanting to have a piece of the dream. Sen. Obama is a man that has embraced it and is living it. This is a leap forward in race relations and representation for all Americans. I knew we had something special when I heard him in '04.

    Charlotte, NC

    January 7, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  224. Bob Nesbitt

    Obama's success is the end of race as a sign of permanent victimology. Kennedy, Sharpton, Jackson, et. al. aren't liking it.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  225. Mike

    Why is it when Hillary shows strength she’s consider ruthless cold and hollow. And when she shows emotions she’s fake and a women. People are so dull these days. They know nothing about Hillary as a person but what they hear from the media. Americans are clueless when it comes to picking a winner for the white house. Hillary has shown strength courage and experience to run this country, on the other hand the other candidate is doing a whole lot of talking with no action. Edward as I recall couldn’t even stand up to Cheney on his Vice president debate in 2004 and Obama has nothing to show he’s the one for the job. He same weak on defense and him and Edward are the only one fake in this campaign. The media needs to get of her back and question the other candidate on their motives.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  226. Norris Coffee

    The sum of the parts is greater than the whole. Obama brings a fresh look at the political agenda. With no large special interest supporting him, he is winning.
    He will enter the White House unemcumbered by obligations to thoee interests.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  227. Yevette

    Why is it that some whites in the media take this glorious story of Obama's rise to beat up on black people? I'm sick of it. You assume all black people are lock step with Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton for one. Number two, have all those other famous blacks you've named always come out early for a presidential candidate in the past? And why must you think they should all support Obama? If they had come out before these majority white states had voted for Obama, I can imagine that some would say that blacks are voting for him just because he is black. That narrative definitely would have backfired on him. The best think for Obama now is for Jackson and Sharpton to keep quiet, particularly if they support him. Or maybe as a secret tactic in support of him they should take the media bait and publicly oppose him so his ratings will go up even higher within the general electorate. Stop using this black candidate to beat up on black people!

    January 7, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  228. RTB Of Southern Maryland

    I know that you usually get it right; but not this time buddie.Jesse Jackson is one leader of the black community and so are the others you mention, he is not the emperor of all black people accross america and does not speak for all black people. When issues of race come up we cannot just go and ask what Jesse Jackson thinks and than think that is that, that what he says is the be all and end all. This a new day and time. Remember President came into office during a time of necessary healing of nation. To set a new tone for our country of hope and believing in something good again.

    When YOU the media consistently goes to Jesse Jackson for anything regarding race and asks his opinion, and than sound bites his opinion again and again people are led to believe that he speaks for all black people. More importantly because far too many people only get their news from the lowest possible source, the twenty four hour television news channels, they hear the 'pundits' replay these soundbites and comment on them as if Jesse Jackson actually is the emperor of all black people. This all leads to taking the individuality away from black people because people actually begin to believe that they know how all black people think by what they heard Jesse Jackson said

    January 7, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  229. Jeremy in Elkhart, IN

    Mr. Obama is an educated man ... plain and simple. Education has tremendously changed the racial debate in my generation.

    I'm the typical 26-year-old midwestern white male in the middle working class trying to make a living for me and my young family. Race, to me, is merely the classification into a group. I am an independent voter because when I first tried to familiarize myself with politics my fellow classmates laughed at me for not holding a side (Republican or Democrat). I'm against that type of political individual because they have pushed Americans away from politics and ultimately my own vote. I think Obama is like me ... yes a white male. The racial question is a joke. What isn't a joke is how America is either Red or Blue!!!

    January 7, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  230. jim

    As an African American and a registered Republican, I am curious ( and infuriated) why the press is so anxious to have this as some kind of referendum on race. The election is about the future of our country not about how far we have or have not come in terms of race in this country The press seems to be saying" haven't you noticed his skin yet" as if white American has been "blinded" and needs to be awaken.

    Barama's success will not change the race debate in the US because there are too many people on the left and right who have their careers and interest built around maintaining it as a divisive issue in the ocuntry. The liberal press will present it as a "second coming" and the far right will push it as "an attack on American culture".

    The "debate will change" when it ceases to be a debate. Blacks, Whites, Browns,Reds, Yellows and every other hue should be focused solely on who would be the best leader of this country.. if its Barack, so be it. If not, so be it. Forget about the differences and focus on the common good.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  231. ida

    I am offended by the comparison to Dr. Martin Luther King. What in the world has Obama done to earn this comparison? If anything at all, I think he is imitating the great Dr. King to gain more popularity.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  232. gachungi kenya

    you ask why many celebrites choose not to comment or endose obama, celebrites are worried about the public's perception of them, which is in essense a threat to their careers, however oprah is one of the biggest celebrites and took the risk and now she is reaping the fruits of it. and how much more african american can you get with a father from africa and a mother from america.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:43 pm |
  233. Dr. David Anderson

    The country is tired of the same old exhausting dialogue about race relations and racism. Obama seems to have the bridge building ability to move our country from racism to "gracism".

    January 7, 2008 at 5:44 pm |
  234. Tony in Atlanta

    Its a positive change in the right direction for race relations in America. Those in Iowa looked beyond race and listened to his views on how to right many of the wrongs in America. America's stigma is race. The trajedy of it is that white people often can't see past skin color, nothing more than an incidental adjective. As for Denzel Washington, Jay-Z and the others mentioned, what becomes more important is that they don't rush to support him just becasue he has black skin, that's just stupid! That would make them worse than those white people who wouldn't vote for Obama solely based on skin color. If they agree or disagree with his views, then vote accordingly. Although Obama is aware of the dynamics of race in America, bottom line is he's a competant man who just happens [coinsidentally] to have a little more melatin in his skin composition than most of our general population. Choose the man, not the melatin.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  235. Carole Copeland Thomas

    As a 20 year diversity professional, I see Barack Obama's surge in the primaries as a key indicator that the American people are finally READY for equality, integrity, and vision, REGARDLESS of the color of the candidate. Although our country still has many discriminatory chapters to close, there are enough enlightened people of ALL races, who are ready for an Obama presidency. I say let's bring this country into the 21st century of true racial inclusion and collaboration. Obama is the leader to make that happen.
    -Carole Copeland Thomas

    January 7, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  236. Mike

    Question is more important than race – Obama didn't vote for the war, but has he the mettle to authorize one, if President, if the security / safety of the US is at risk or under attack.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  237. Robert Miller

    Jack: Martin Luther King told us that (in his dream) a person will be judged by the "strength of his character, not the color of his skin."

    Sharpton, Jackson, Spike Lee et al –have spent the past 40 years ignoring this part of the MLK dream...working and pounding us with the "degradation-poverty-injustice" mantra, you know, the drill.

    Obama is oblivious to the old stereotypes. It's working.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  238. Audrey Mbani

    Barack Obama's success in Iowa and in any other state should only mean that he is a foreward thinking and intelligent man, not to mention a fantastic orator. Why does his brown skin have to make such a difference? It seems that CNN has forgotten that Senator Obama is not only brown-skinned ("black" as tradition calls it), but also of "White" heritage. Why did CNN choose to go all the way to Kenya to find Senator Obama's grandmother on his father's side? Why not travel in the United States to find his maternal "White" grandparents? Or, does CNN just want to continue with the old fashioned way of thinking that people are either "black" or "white" and never both? Why do the African-Americans have to vote for Senator Obama? Why are you surprised that "White" people vote for himl? He's BOTH white and black. This is the 21st century, after all! Face it.... America is changing!!!!

    January 7, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  239. margaret margo

    how does Obama change it? Well, growing up as a striving black kid living in an integrated neighborhood ,ho saw the civil rights marches on tv, lived through the Detroit riots, benefited somewhat by affirmative action , etc Obama as a force is showing us one thing we can get angry about all the slings and arrows past and present Jena included or we can resolve to make a fresh start. The most powerful thing he has done is empower people, Thats what a real leader does – he or she does not lead as much as they point to a situation and people find their roles in the action and surprise themselves. I have personally seen that happen as a NYC resident,and having traveled throughout this country we are all really quite special and I think we forget that. Its great to be called to ask not...this is he most exciting election I have lived through since I saw Kennedy inaugurated on my family's black and white tv and i was barely 5 years old.

    As for P Diddy, Quincy et al , not supporting Obama yet- it really concerns s a topic that no body admits to thinking about – class and status. We like to think we are above all that , but any body who has ever read Lawrence Otis Grahams book on the
    black elite- these superstars have elevated themselves to elite status despite not using traditional routes (Spike Lee being the exception on the short list – Morehouse , if I recall)
    traditionally money acts Republican. If Obama was a Republican , Qunicy et al ,would have come out behind him. They are traditionally more consertattive, and besides, Obama might tax them more...or even call them to serve in another capacity...

    January 7, 2008 at 5:48 pm |
  240. Carl Douglas


    I thought that you guys at CNN were serious journalists. But, if you are drinking the Kool-Aid being served with the so called Obama success, I made a serious error in judgment.

    This and no other campaign will change this racially polarized nation. Only God almighty can do that, and even he would have no choice, but to recreate the universe to allow us to start all over. There is only one race ("the human Race"). But you and all the pundits continue to be confused about that fact.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:48 pm |
  241. John Odom

    Black boomer's are justifiably skeptical – not of Obama – but of America's willingness to vote for a Black candidate. We may be jaded our experiences season our optimism. Jesse Jackson said it best "America polls better than she votes."

    As Obama edges closer to the nomination, I'm edging closer towards him, if, for no other reason than to help run interferance.

    And no, I am not tired of Jesse or Al Sharpton, but I've long since become tired at the musings of dweeb George Will who is "right" about absolutely everything he says or writes.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  242. Alex

    You can see how Obama brings dynamic to the race. There's a change in the tone of the American people, and elections tend to be about timing. People very rarely vote 2 straight elections for the same candidate, simply because they want someone new and fresh. Obama picked the perfect time to run for president, because he sees how torn apart we are by Bush. But I think that if he ran in the next election of 2012, particularly if a democrat other than himself is in the White House this election cycle, then his message of change won't resonate as well, because the next president, if not him, may do his job for him: uniting the American people. But his campaign has enough momentum right now to carry him all the way to Pennsylvania Avenue in 08.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  243. Mati

    Abm Habibullah "Long live Sir Obama, may God continue to bless you and family."

    Now, this is scary... you are starting now with "Long live the King?" I still hope this is America not an undeveloped country.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  244. Steve Kollman

    Mr. Will and other commentators aside, on the surface Senator Obama's message represents the position on "race" that American society should want instilled in our culture. His success,thus far, represents the only two valid 'identity' questions that should matter in our culture, "Are you human?" and "Are you American?" Having positively answered those questions, the biggest factors in determining his viability as President of the United States lie in (1) his proving to non-Islamic America that as a follower of Allah, he has the independence and
    fortitude to deal with Islamic Radicals/Terrorists to the point of using force as necessary to protect everyone's AMERICA, and (2) his inner fortitude in dealing with those in his own party that don't want him to be every Americans President, only the Liberals President.

    Steve Kollman
    Richmond Hill, GA.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  245. Ed Jatho

    ...and Joseph Obajolu you and all who believe as you are part of the problem and paradigm of old thinking. He is an American, and eligible according to the Constitution to hold the office of President if so elected. You, my friend, are guilty of the same kind of small thinking that enslaved black men in the first place. Congrats.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  246. Elizabeth

    Dear Jack,

    I am still trying to figure this out: people flock to Obama rallies; yell, scream, and cry, and generally give him the royal rock star treatment. Yet most of them still don't have a clue as to what he really stands for or what his positions are on the issues. (Nor do I.)

    As a long-time Hillary supporter ( and I will be till the end!), I am having a hard time understanding this.

    As to the comparison to JFK, they are both intelligent, good-looking, and charismatic. However, as someone once said "You, sir, are no Jack Kennedy!

    January 7, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  247. Salem S.

    Obama's success shows us that our country has come so far. Things may not be perfect, but we are a country of change, growth, and infinite possibilties. The race issues will remain the same, but maybe the approach will shift to a more inclusive one, reaching out to all people to unite together against racial injustice with the idea that so many more people care.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  248. Chris Borre

    Senator Obama's bid for the presidency will not change race relations in the United States. The media can't even get his racial background correct at this level. The media has classified him, pigeon-holed him as being a BLACK candidate, when in fact he is mulatto, bi-racial, or whatever the catch phrase of the day is. You can't even focus on him as candidate based on his opinions, and ideas for the future of our country without focusing on the Kenyan half of his racial background, while convenintly excluding his Caucasian background. Does it make for a better news story Jack?

    How are we ever going to unite when every second your focus seems to be on race, race, race!!!

    January 7, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  249. LORETTA

    I'm not sure I know what the debate about race in this country is...Clearly we shouldn't be picking the president based on race..

    Obama is not the "typical" black activist that we are used to listening to though. He is a very smooth accomplished speaker. While I am for John Edwards right now I enjoy listening to all the candidates speak & he is one of the best at trying to convince you that he is the only one that can bring the country together.. Of course as long as there are republicans that won't happen..

    I don't personally believe that this is his time.. I don't believe we are missing the golden opportunity if he isn't elected..He needs more experience than he has to govern America...John Edwards has it and a better plan. Hillary has more experience than anyone running.

    Don't get me wrong if he is the person on the ballot in November he will have my vote I don't care if he is red, white or blue..

    January 7, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  250. Larry Bailey

    I would hope that the media does not go overboard in ascerting unrealistic progress in race relations in this country based on the triumphs of Barack Obama in New Hamphire and Iowa. Undeniably, success in these states by a Black candidate for President has significant historical importance. This should not be confused however, with an equal notion of is racial or political significance..

    The test for the latter will come when demographics exist in areas where racial interaction is present. There is very little such interaction in states with populations with only three to five percent African American. Michigan and South Carolina therefore, will be the first real test of the attitudes associated with your question. This will also be the first real test of the nation's acceptance for a Barack Obama presiency.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
  251. Matt Campbell

    Now that Obama has proven that race bigotry is a thing of past, perhaps America needs work on its anti-Mormon bigotry it has against Romney.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:58 pm |
  252. Bryan

    I do appreciate the question, but the fact that this needs to be asked should give a hint to the answer. By ABSOLUTELY no means does his success do anything for race relations in this country, the severely disproportionate position of the black community CANNOT be solved by the acceptance of one man. period! though we have made advancements in our society we have moved from a position of racism to a position of ignorance. grow up America,and tell your media friends to stop positing these ignorant questions, this is not a shot at J. Caff but come on. lets get it together! by the way OBAMA 08!

    Ps. your viewers previous ignorant responses is exactly what im speaking of.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:00 pm |
  253. Philip Booler

    Thank you for acknowledging my comments made previously on the subject of outsourcing.
    May I make another interesting comment in that recently the unemployment rate has reached 5% in the USA. Could this possibly be because the major conglomerates are having their products made in China and other countries?

    Another point I would like to make is that there was a comment made shortly before Christmas that the major industrialists were against throwing out illegal immigrants. The reason is simple, they want to use this cheap labor to keep the bottom line profitable after finding out that bad manufacturing of products and out sourcing does not work.

    There is an old saying which goes along the lines of 'when the cat's away the mice will play'. They cannot control the cheap labor in China etc. so maybe with cheap imported labor to the USA they could.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:03 pm |
  254. John Cohn

    White America will always display a core of intolerance towards blacks. It's their birth right-imbeded in their DNA. When Zebras loose the stripe, white America will change. And that is NEVER, NEVER, NEVER!!!!

    January 7, 2008 at 6:04 pm |
  255. Deeply Concerned in Illinois

    I have a few questions to Obama and all those Obama supporters.

    What exactly Obama is different from others to achieve things he is promising that many other past presidents could not accomplish? Even Richard Nixson said the same thing as Obama is saying, "Change, Hope."

    How exactly is he going to unite people and nation?

    What is he so differnt from others and what can he offer other past presidents could not?? I need more specifics.

    You can't change anything all by yourself.

    In Illinois he is involved in the Rezko scandal (Antoin “Tony” Rezko,) which the other state's media never dare to mention, and other questionable incedents his wife Michelle was involved as a board member of corporations.
    Please Google yourself and check them out(Chicago Suntimes) because it is true.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:04 pm |
  256. Leonard

    I fail to see the logic in the notion that because he's African American, he's favored to win the states that mostly reflect his ethnicity..seeing as there aren't many states that are largely populated with African Americans...the words MINORITY ring a bell...he's one of them. If you think about it...what if the Caucasion candidates were asked routinely what they've done that has contributed to "White America?" Or how about...whether or not they're supported by their identifying demograpic because he/she has not been publicly endorsed by a musician, actor, or athlete that shares the same demograpic. I mean...the things that come from mouths of America's pressumed brightest; I refuse to accept the saying that,"he with no expectations will never be disappointed," hence I am disappointed a lot!!

    January 7, 2008 at 6:05 pm |
  257. River

    Jack, I don't think your question is fair. Did you ask the same thing when Obama and Edwards were attacking her when she had the lead? What are voters looking for here? Is Edwards running for vice president already? Where was all this passion when he was running last time? Doesn't Obama take lobbists and PAC money? Oh, I guess if you are standing up it's okay. I'm looking for someone who with experience who can lead our country out of the mess we are in now. Frankly, I think the best person right now is Senator Clinton.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:05 pm |
  258. rufus

    The hypocrisy of race: Why is Obama labelled black and not white (with one parent from each so-called race)?

    January 7, 2008 at 6:05 pm |
  259. Donnie

    Obama's success thus far changes nothing about the debate of race in this country. You are always going to have the lingering question of whether or not the American people are ready for an African American President. More importantly, not only do we need to question whether Barack is ready, we also need to question whether Michelle Obama will be able to handle the public attention and criticism she and her children will receive if her husband becomes president? Let's not forget how mean the Republicans were to Chelsea Clinton.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:08 pm |
  260. Greg

    If we African Americans think that Iowa is an indication of the acceptance of Obama, then we have a lot of rethinking to do.

    What happened in Iowa was just show piece... The electors where forced by the nature of the votes (open ballot) to put thier action where their mouth was.

    But, folks watch as the whites will say one thing and then vote thrue-to-type in the closed ballot states. Obama is just a BLACK man doing a show piece.

    The most that would happen is that Edwards will become the comprise candidate (if Obama show too much fight) and then, the Republicans will win the White House..... Sorry our America is still a white man's land.... at least up till now.

    Hammond, IN

    January 7, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  261. LF

    Sen. Obama's success demonstrates not only an increase in black voter education, but sophistication. We no longer look to one so-called leader to lead "the people" (i.e. Jesse Jackosn or Al Sharpton). We are well-educated, independent thinkers who are able to research the issues and make our own decisions. This type of behavior, in the past, has been associated with the wealthy and white people. Sen. Obama has shown us that as a human race, we are able to make well-informed decisions regardless of what popular people or celebrities may think. Black Americnas are certainly smart enough NOT to seek political guidance from rappers who are either unable to vote (convicted felons) or to "cool" to do so. Let' snot forget, Rock the Vote was a failure. Diddy can teach me to two-step, not to make an educated decision.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  262. Mark

    He is a good man but he will not get my vote as he is a progressive democrat (socialist/liberal). If you are middle class and do not think he and his party will raise taxes on the middle class like they did with the taxing of the rich during Bill Clinton. Also I do not agree with him on Social Security, National Defense, Health Care, and Education. All that he and his party want to do is throw more money at education without demanding quality from teachers and students, he will not do Tort Reform because it will hurt his rich lawyer buddies (in 1985 in New York 1/3 of mediacl cost was to pay for the lawyers and malpractice insurance). He will want a Peace Dividend to spend on social welfare programs as do all Post Viet Nam Dems. He is not a John Breau moderate that I could vote for. None of the democrat candidates are moderates!

    January 7, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  263. Zievfret Heiligenstein

    Cafferty, last Friday you wrote that black voters in SC will have a chance to vote for "one of their own" (your words).

    Would you personally walk up to any black person and say, "here's Barack Obama. You can vote for him. He's one of your own"?

    Before you start waxing poetic about race relations in America, perhaps you should examine what's going on inside of your own head, first.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  264. Ray Mendoza

    Collectively, we elected a person that we liked during the last presidential election, and what did we get?

    We got Bush, we got Cheney. Forget black, white. Use your god given brain...!

    Again, who is the best qualified to lead this country???????

    January 7, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  265. dan

    Why don't the Democrats impeach President Bush? The answer is easy. Those clowns don't have a legitimate leg to stand on, and they know it!
    Dan, Des Moines

    January 7, 2008 at 6:28 pm |
  266. Rob

    After Iowa, and being on the fence about my choice for president, I decided to do some research on Obama. Maybe the folks in Iowa knew something I didn't know. Well I did that research and what I found was mind boggling. I have voted republican many times locally and on the state level, but have never pulled the lever for a Republican president. Make no mistake about it, I will this time if Obama is the nominee. He is dangerous, and people need to know. I will never vote for him, and I was on the fence just a week ago. Do the research and REPORT IT!!!

    January 7, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  267. Ilene

    I LOVE Obama. I am also a white person who lives in the Detroit suburbs. Let's get this straight. It is only about race with you, the media, and for the black community whenever they are in trouble. When there is trouble the first thing out of their mouth or their lawyers mouth is discrimination. If everyone who was African American acted like Obama there would be no racial problems in this country. Take your crime and your jive talk and act like a upstanding citizen and you too would be treated with respect. For sure won't print this cause it is the truth, and we can't say the truth about the black population because it is racist. But at least stop with all this talk about Obama being about ending racial tensions. Those will continue as long as the jive and the crime continues.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  268. george

    be very careful what you wish for. i was all for obama when he first started. then i read his second book. ne doesnt present the same face in the book as he does on the campain trail.he doesnt seem to be specific about any of the cha ges he proposes. george in wa. state

    January 7, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  269. tameko manase ohio

    the reason why some of the black celebrities have not yet supported obama is the same reason he is winning.these guys have had a chance to push america beyond race but, all they do is to make money and point a fingure at a white man.we dont need them we need the american people.we are tired of the same fingure pointing all the time .we are one america

    January 7, 2008 at 6:33 pm |
  270. Chris

    I have not decided who to vote for yet. I hear Obama talk of change but not once have I heard what it is that he wants or thinks the country needs.I can't recall him going against the grain in Washington. So until I hear some real changes I will wait for someone who will.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:38 pm |
  271. Brenda

    I don't think race is the issue, it is all about the candidate who can convince the people that they will bring change.

    I think it is great to hear the candidates focusing on change, but I believe the American people are forgetting one very important fact. The US Presidency is not a dictatorship. Just because Obama or Huckabee say they are candidates who will bring change doesn't mean that they have the power or experience needed to bring about that change. Whomever becomes President is still at the mercy of our other elected officials, the Senate and the Congress. We need to elect the candidate who has the experience and knowledge to deal with the political beauracracy that will have to be navigated in order to truly effect change. My vote is still for HIllary! (Unless, of course you decide to run, Lou.)

    January 7, 2008 at 6:41 pm |
  272. Bill Glover

    Wouldn't it be wonderful to see the day when the color of a person's skin makes no more difference than the color of a person's hair?

    January 7, 2008 at 6:48 pm |
  273. Jo

    Does anyone truly believe that Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson would not be pleased to see a Black man, any Black man in the White House and would not have a place in an Obama administration? As far as Obama's surge in popularity is concerned, I think it is because people see him as the latest trend, the new version of the I-Phone that everyone “must have,” or the team you want to be associated with because it is the popular thing to do.

    I am undecided, but I have failed to see any evidence that would convince me that he is qualified to take on the presidency and that he would represent everyone, not just the Black community. The media doesn’t even treat him with the same scrutiny as they do the other candidates, how can we honestly evaluate him?

    Everyone is all excited over his talk about change, but the idea of change is not exclusive to him. Anyone of the Democratic candidates, and yes, maybe even some of the Republican candidates, can bring about change if they have the cooperation of the Congress.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:54 pm |
  274. Jerry

    It shows nothing about race relations or Obama, who as a first term senator has almost no experience or knowledge in foreign relations.
    The most qualified candidate was Joe Biden, but while he has great experience in foreign relations and government, but has no following because he is a white male with no politically connected family.
    The Iowa results just show how much people despise Hillary, whose significant government experience is chatting for 8 years in the white house with Bill over coffee in the morning.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:55 pm |
  275. Dolores Ward

    It doesn't change it. He is still HALF BLACK/HALF WHITE. He thinks running on his black heritage is more advantageous then if he ran as a white. He is proud of his black heritage but doesn't seem too proud of his white heritage and his Mom was white so if he were to get elected, heaven forbid, he still would not be the first black president, he would be the first half black/half white president. You don't vote for a person because he is black or white, male or female, you vote for the best person qualified and that by far is HILLARY CLINTON. Even if he wins New Hampshire, remember there are 48 more states. Iowa and New Hampshire do NOT decide who is president. I plan on voting for Hillary and I plan on my vote counting and I do not live in Iowa or New Hampshire. Wake up people and see how he is trying to capitalize on being black....

    January 7, 2008 at 6:58 pm |
  276. Roz McCullough

    Dear Jack,
    You all are so giddy over Barack Obama! So far we've only seen Obama with a background of middle-class white people or with high school students (again all white) who probably can't vote but are there to fill up the house.
    I think the response to him would be quite different when the background changes.

    He talks about change, but is constantly bringing up Selma, Mississippi and the hurt his people have endured. He talks about change but is constantly saying we have to sacrifice. Wait a minute – is the change good or bad?

    Finally, can any of you ask Obama any probing questions.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:59 pm |
  277. Lummy

    This is evidently what no one saw coming.That Obama is riding the waves is a tell tale that nothing is impossible if only we can pick up the gauntlet..Against so many odds,he stood as a uniting factor accross the political lines,shutting down fear and sceptism.,two factors that would have naturally held him down.Its a victory for democracy and a a victory for the can-do spirit in the average american.Hopefully,he will be the uniting factor in the white house between the whites and blacks of this world

    January 7, 2008 at 7:00 pm |
  278. DKincaid

    You are a part of the MEDIA that has helped destroy this nation. GO BACK and look as to how you talked about how terrible the CLINTONS were and IF you at any time talked about what the BUSH & CHENEYS had done for the country. Don't tell be – tell the African Americans you are getting ready to screw over in this election year. You people just brought the rhetoric and those like me, Black female of 60 plus years will have to pay he price. YOU PEOPLE (MEDIA) chose Bush and they listened to you, now look where we are? I am not an African American – I fought during the 60's to be called Black – then Obama's age group wanted to be called African American. To hell with you. I would rather be with Hillary than with any of you any day. Those of us who did fight in the 60s know what you people are going to happen. I sit here and wait for you and the rest get ready to DESTROY your AFRICAN AMERICAN running for pRESIDENT. Hold on it's going to get rough.

    January 7, 2008 at 7:00 pm |
  279. Noah

    If this is still such a white mans country then what are the Dems thinking putting forth a black man and a white woman as their top candidates? Are they that interested in committing political suicide?

    The bigger question too me is why does everybody think Obama is the candidate of change? Change is Ron Paul, Dennis Kucinich, or even to a lesser extent Edwards or Huckabee. Obama is a smooth talking politician who represents very little in terms of real change regardless of the color of his skin.

    Ron Paul wants to put us back on the gold standard, promote fair trade, shrink government and lower taxes among many other things. That's change.

    Dennis Kucinich wants a single payer healthcare system, he wants to pull us out of NAFTA and the WTO. That's change.

    Both of the above candidates also want perhaps the biggest change of all, they want to go back to using the Constitution as the basis for our government! That is truly radical!

    Edwards claims he wants to get lobbyists and corporate influence out of Washington. If he does so, that's change.

    Huckabee wants to get rid of the IRS and institute a fair tax (consumption tax) that is change.

    Obama is a popular, charismatic, smooth talking politician who really only speaks of tweaking a few things. Is that really change?

    January 7, 2008 at 7:09 pm |
  280. Jonathan W Smith

    I am a 26-year old African-American male and a Barak Obama supporter. I believe his presidency is the chance of lifetime for America. He will unite Americans (is already actually) on political, economic, and racial lines. I believe Obama will transcend racial divides and help erode institutionalized racism. Moreover, he and his family's presence in the White House will begin to destroy established stereotypes.

    Americans should not tear down Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. I support their right to speak on behalf of the African-American community. Someone has to bring awareness to injustice. And besides, they were the precursors to Obama's historic run.

    Obama is the piece of the puzzle that has been missing for equality in America.

    OBAMA '08

    January 7, 2008 at 7:11 pm |
  281. David Lorenzana

    All day the press talk about OBAMA. OBAMA, OBAMA! And he is ahead of the polls, every few hours- as if they are in awe of a superstar! Yes, he may be likeable and good talker but we are not electing a Mr. Universe or Mr. America!

    Come on people, tell us where Obama has been. What has he done? Has he advanced the cause of his people or Americans in general? What are his credentials and contributions to society?

    You've help re-elect Bush because you are more gullible than the people or are you afraid to expose the truth?

    Do your jobs to inform us and not to beat an empty noisy drum to death. We want substance not empty slogans and promises!

    Even ABC did a disservice to the other Democratic candidates when they included Obama's name in the Republican Debates- in realty, they advertised him for free.

    Do your jobs, for a change will you?

    January 7, 2008 at 7:12 pm |
  282. Isaiah

    Electing Obama to the white house - in itself - sends a definite message to the world: That we the American People are ready to be better than our parents, are ready to lead the world towards everything humanity as a whole has always maintain as the highest ideals (e.g. the power of hope, etc). In itself, Obama in the white house will cast a positive world view on America. All of this, of course, is in addition to the awakening of the dormant "we can do anything" attitude of the American People that Obama is inspiring and will continue to inspire everyday. I can't wait to see the surge of creativity and invention that is about to hit America under Obama's presidency.

    January 7, 2008 at 7:12 pm |
  283. A dawning

    I'll say this much, I'm an African American college grad and I'll be honest enough to say that the Iowa Caucuses have fundamentally changed the way I've though about White Americans-and in a very good way! Before I was cynical and extremely distrusting, and now I think...maybe I've been living a bit too much in the past myself. Perhaps it is time we all grow up a bit and move past pointless divides.

    Perhaps America has spawned a better society than I once thought. Idk, I'm an optimist like Obama.

    January 7, 2008 at 7:12 pm |
  284. Anthony


    Let's not fool ourselves, Obama adds nothing to race relations in America. At a time when America is upset with the direction of the country and hates all politicians here comes this young, articulate, attractive guy with little to no Washington experience talking about change. It's no surprise people are flocking to him. Tell people what they want to hear and they'll listen, tell them the truth and they'll scowl. This guy is the best politician in the bunch, he's no change agent, and what's better he has no real record to hold him accountable for what he'll really do after all the niceties are gone.

    January 7, 2008 at 7:16 pm |
  285. ShanT

    Barack reminds me of Bob Marley in a sense. Though operating in a very different arena (music vs.politics), he has the qualities of honesty and genuine concern for global underserved humanity that puts him in rare company, especially in his high level environment. This coupled with his indisputable mastery in his arena of professional expertise has propelled him down this path that MIGHT, like Bob, make him the nearest thing, in my own lifetime, to being the next truly illuminating light of the world, wherein race is simply not a relevant issue.

    Please note also that Barack did not write the rules on race in America. He is biracial but deemed black only because of the post slavery labor requirements for a large workforce to man the former plantation based economy. Hence the so called "one drop rule" that sees those who may be phenotypically white having that "one drop" that federally classifies them as black. This makes little sense outside of jim crow, but is nonetheless the system that governs our society to this very day.

    Barack did not author these rules. He has simply inherited them. There is no other place on earth where this is practiced outside of our beloved shores. Nevertheless, the contemporary American reality on the ground is that race simply matters very little in our everyday lived experiences. We are all in this quagmire together and apparently voters are finally realizing this.

    January 7, 2008 at 7:20 pm |
  286. Lynn Meier

    Dear Jack,

    I cannot possibly imagine why Nancy Pelosi, et al took Impeachment of Bush and Cheney off the table. Perhaps they are afraid of inheriting the complete and utter mess that the Bush Administration has brought upon this country, but guess what...if the Dems win the presidency, the mess will be on their tables. I have lost all respect for Pelosi and Reid and feel thoroughly betrayed by my own party...at least my party for now...been thinking of becoming an Independent.

    Keep of the great stuff Jack–we love ya!!!!!!!!!!

    Lynn Meier

    January 7, 2008 at 7:20 pm |
  287. Antiquelis


    Before Anglos pat themselves on the back for how colorblind they are, first realize Anglos are panic stricken, more scared of losing their way of life that the Bush Administration has tricked them out of (sold them into white slavery) than African-Americans right now.

    It makes perfect sense that they "see no color" when they vote for Obama, after all they need someone who they can dupe into believing "you're one of us, NOW." They will believe anybody at this point who PROMISES and can DELIVER on keeping what they have lost under Bush.

    Even Anglos believe in their bigotry because they are utterly shocked that Obama came out on top in "97% middle America, white Iowa," and leading in the polls in "95% east coast, white New Hampshire." If you are colorblind, this wouldn't even be a question put before us.

    But, as soon as their way of life returns, and Obama does something that they don't like, he will be hung out to dry like OJ Simpson, Barry Bonds, Michael Vick, just to name a few African-American men who Anglos first embraced when then they were making them the money to afford their luxurious lifestyles, then turned in a hatred that is the most racist about-face. Anglos want nothing to do with African-Americans, UNLESS they can make money from them, off of them, or who PROMISES to return them to back to their way of life (reminds me of something in American history,hmmm?)

    If he can't do that, then Obama will be just another nigger that needs to be "taught a lesson" only this time it will be president nigger. At a time when Anglos can't count on or believe in one of their own, then they will give the "black guy a try" but, it's temporary.

    As soon as something goes wrong like...invade the wrong country, increase the national debt billions-fold, leave people stranded without food or shelter for many days after a major disaster, the list goes on, we'll see the first successful impeachment of a president.

    Because Anglos are confused at this time in history, does not mean Anglos have given up on their pastime of racial bigotry...it is just on hold until they can pay their mortgages...but, in a few years if they can't, then we'll see a noose hanging in the oval office, maybe a cross burning on the front lawn for old time sake...

    Take Care,
    Long Beach

    January 7, 2008 at 7:20 pm |
  288. Michael Alexander

    What is all the hype about? There is 12 months to go. Anything can happen.

    Black folks are silent because we are taking a wait and see attitude.

    White people are happy because he does indicate a favorite drift to black people's

    issues. This man is caught in box. Just because he transcends race as you call

    it does not mean race relations are going to improve any time soon. Schools are

    more segregated than ever and OJ still makes the news, God knows why and the

    black man is still seen as as sub-human creature. We are a society filled with

    embedded racism and fear of anything dark skinned. I am very afraid if Obama

    became president what kind of racial backlash ordinary black people would face

    day to day in America? Hate crimes would jump in this country. Obama's master

    is white campaign dollars who put him there. So if you are feeling guilty about

    your own racist thoughts, please look to spritual guidance not a presidential

    candidate. Also for all people who do not like folks like Jessie Jackson and Al

    Sharpton I can remember when Martin Luther King was considered a trouble

    maker. Sharpton and Jackson are needed especially when the police are

    involved. Every black man has the right to fear the police in this country, even

    Obama. Drive through Montana with a white woman and see how great America


    Michael Alexander

    January 7, 2008 at 7:31 pm |
  289. Mike

    I'm not interested in a person's race or gender when it comes to politicians – only that the following issues are addressed:

    How are the candidates going to "Fix" programs they think are broken or genertae new programs that currently are needed to address ocial and economic and military issues? – Don't just tell me what's broken and that you're going to fix it

    How the candidate, if elected, will work with a Congress that may be in the opposition party's control, to get those programs repaired or created.

    And from where is the funding required for those programs, coming – existing budgeted dollars reallocated, or new dollars from corporate or individual taxes?

    The candidate who provides answers to ALL 3 questions and works on issues which actually benefit the people of this country – that person will get my vote.

    Until then – we need to add the following candidate to all election ballots for President: NONE OF THE ABOVE

    January 7, 2008 at 7:32 pm |
  290. Joseph Sansone

    This is my perspective, and I do not profess to represent all middle-class white men who call themselves Republican.
    Let us assume that when the election occurs, all of the Democrats will vote for Clinton, as would all vote for Obama. Let us further stipulate that one-half of all Independents will vote for a Democrat, and one-half vote for a Republican. In this case, the "swing vote" will be Rebublicans who will vote for a Democrat. NO true Republican will vote for ANY Clinton. But I will vote for Obama.

    January 7, 2008 at 7:34 pm |
  291. Ray Weinmann

    Hi Jack,

    I enjoy your show.

    I am so tired of all of the election rhetoric. After watching the Iowa caucus, I feel that this country's electoral process is more and more like playing a game of Monopoly - seems to me that the drug companies should start making a little blue pill for "electile" dysfunction. Maybe the US will get a patriotic "lift" out of that one.


    Ray Weinmann
    Valrico, FL

    January 7, 2008 at 7:36 pm |
  292. Paul Ojeikere

    Once Obama gets nominated, then it's back to status quo on race issues. Whether or not you deny it, US is a racially stratified society, and highly so. Come November (if he got the democratic nod), most Obama's white supporters would ditch him for a white republican candidate...the conversation about the reality of a black president would start around dinner table after the primaries and then the resulting fear factor would cascade through small gossip groups in bars, restaurants, university campuses, etc. Lol! These Republicans are smart cookies!

    January 7, 2008 at 7:45 pm |
  293. Winter

    You are so arrogant to even approach this question in this manner. As if Black people need to stop complaining about the racist society we live in. Race wouldn't be a question if whites hadn't made it an issue for the past four hundred years. Now you want to blame Jesse and Al as though their complaining about racism is the problem with race relations. Obama, bless his heart, make whites feel comfortable. This doesn't mean race relations have improved. How arrogant of you to suggest that the sooner blacks stop complaining about racism the better race relations will be.

    I agree that the sixties approach to race relations is overplayed. But please...give me a break. Deval Patrick and Barack Obama are examples of what we as young black men can become...and they are doing it by achievment and excellence, not by begging for it. But not for a minute does this suggest that blacks are the problem with race relations. Racist acts by the dominant culture is the predominant cause.

    January 7, 2008 at 7:46 pm |
  294. Jo

    Here's what's pathetic, CNN running a story entitled "Barak's Granny Wants a Victory?!" Until this moment, I did not believe for a single minute that the Clinton's claim that the media had not scrutinized Obama as stringently as the other candidates was true. Now, I am convinced that the Clinton's have a serious point; Barak's Granny?! Where's the story about the other candidates "Grannies"? Hell, why not track down all their family members. Better yet, track down Oprah's Granny and ask her if she wants a victory. What happens when the reality hits the media that what the "media" won't do in terms of scrutinizing Obama, the republicans will do and do it well! Let me guess, another lame story that goes, "Did the media kill Obama's campaign by avoiding the tough questions?" What will the democratic party say then? We need a candidate that can withstand the scrutiny; give Obama the opportunity to prove his mettle. No one wants the proverbial paper tiger (created by the media) to show up at election time. Shame on you!

    January 7, 2008 at 7:53 pm |
  295. Fish

    The Republican machine is in full motion. Pushing for an Obama primary win by trashing Hillary and staying away from Obama. The reality is, republicans are afraid of Hillary and truly believes America is still racist enough not to elect a black candidate for president. That’s right, Republicans believe Democrats will put a black candidate in the race but when the curtain closes, the majority of voters, Republicans and Democrats, will not put a black man in the White House.

    Telling like I see it,
    Fish, Bradenton, Florida

    January 7, 2008 at 7:54 pm |
  296. Ebenezer O-A Bilewu

    I am a republican but right now, i think that i will join the Independent train. I don't see any promissing leader in any of the candidates of both parties. America, wake up! Obama is chantting about change but never highlight or define what these chnage is all about. Is there anyone there at all to ask him if he could take a
    moment and define what type of change is he going to bring to us.


    January 7, 2008 at 7:59 pm |
  297. John

    Why can’t Hillary? It would be the truth, and we could respect her for saying it, but she would never.
    Say it Hillary, the biggest difference between you and Barack Obama is race, black & white. Every black knows it and every white knows it. I personally would love to see a black man such as Barack Obama in the white house, and I will vote that way if he is the Democratic candidate for President, but in my heart I believe my vote will be in vain. Although they won’t admit it, when the curtain closes, the majority of my friends, neighbors, co-workers and news anchors favorites are still racist enough to put anyone of the 5 Republican candidates in the whit house instead of a black man.

    bro, John

    January 7, 2008 at 8:11 pm |
  298. cedric guss

    Boy, did you guys fall for a good one today.
    At Hillary Clinton's teary eyed event today in N.H., how is it that the campaign picked 17 "undecided" voters (they said!) to be there, and the last questioner just so happened to be an "obama leaner" who was now switching sides?

    Then the question: How do you cope with it", she softly asks Clinton. What a softball! Then Clinton goes into her teary eyed act. Does this sound like an Obama leaner to you, asking this kind of question?
    And how come she gets to ask the LAST question?

    Finally, we're all aware from Iowa the Clinton campaign tactics to plant questioners.

    So how come you guys in the media fell for it?

    January 7, 2008 at 8:24 pm |
  299. Don Smith

    Why is it that nobody has brought up whether Obama is going to sign in on the "Bible" or the "Koran"? A picture has gone around the internet that he did not place his hand over his heart while saying the Alligence to the United States of American Flag.
    And what about his church that he belongs to? People need to read this and see what he is about, what his church represents!
    this is the website for Trinity United Church and its 10 Principles.
    Is this the change we want for our United States of America??? We think not!!!!
    We all need to take a long look at this, YOU cannot serve two Countries!! Which one will he pledge his Allegiance to???
    Thank you
    Don Smith

    January 7, 2008 at 8:26 pm |
  300. George Schwimmer

    It is sheer racism to call Barack Obama a black man. He has one white parent and one black parent. On that basis, I can equally claim that Obama is a white man. So can we once and for all stop talking about "black" and "white" and simply acknowledge the partnership of black and white in a person like Obama? On Thursday night when I listened to Obama's victory address I heard Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy speaking, appropriately black and white. That's the only black and white I want to hear.

    January 7, 2008 at 8:29 pm |
  301. Pat, CO

    Even though I disagree that America is a white man's land only ( I think America is better than many people belive it to be), I am very hesitant to say that this is the NEW America.
    I do believe this is a milestone in the right direction, but I'm afraid that there is a lot more work to be done as long as we actually still have to point out how big of a step this is.
    I believe this was a great step to get a fell of what equality really should be: Every man/woman striving to live up to their highest potential, regardless of skin color or gender.
    For now we are still amazed how everybody embraces 'the young black candidate', we still hear remarks about how polarizing Hillary is – since she seems to act so 'unwomanly' assertive. How can we say we finally reached the point of being unbiased?
    Both are GREAT candidates and I would love to see the two of them run together. But I'm afraid that America's expectations in either one of them might be unrealistic. They will inherit the mess left behind by this administration, with the difference that neither one will have much room for shortcomings.

    So what if this mess left behind is too much too overcome, what if the world economy is so unstable that we enter the recession in freefall – is America going to regress again and stop believing?

    And when will we be able to elect a representative without having to point out the difference? Isn't it sad that we still even got things to point out?

    January 7, 2008 at 9:14 pm |
  302. George Stifel

    It will! Considering that Obama is half white and half black and appears to have embraced Islam. If he wins the Presidency, I can see Megan of New Orleans as the Secretary of State, Jesse jackson as the Secretary of Defense, Al Sharpton as the Attorney General and Oprah as the Secretary of Education. And you thought New Orleans was corrupt.

    The above will put race relations back a 100 years.

    Your political correctness will destroy the United States. The media is too liberal and it is affecting public opinion. They are reporting that Obama can do no wrong but he does have feet of clay. His $100,000,000.00 in campaign funds are a strong indicator that he is indebted to special interests. The more it changes, the more it stays the same.

    Sort of reminds you of Rome!

    P.S. Moderated by CNN.....censored by CNN! Cafferty should now write a book that's worse in there!

    January 7, 2008 at 9:23 pm |
  303. Phyllis E. Tucker

    Jack, perhaps people like Al Sharpton will have to hush up for a while, and that would be good, but I still have concerns. I need answers to questions and I noticed that other people who have posted comments do also. You news people do not seem to be going after Obama in any way and why is this? You go after everyone else. Rumor has it that he will not salute the American flag. I feel it is your job to find out if this is true. Where does he stand on issues? He talks smooth talk without really saying anything. Where is his experience? All I know is this: If he were elected our president, I would be scared. And not because he is part black. If Hillary Clinton were elected president, I would feel confident. If a crisis arose, I think she would have the experience to handle it and knowledge to gather in expert people to help her. Obama talks about change and we need change but what makes him think he can just walk into the White House and change will magically happen. I don't think it works this way and I hope that all those people who are "riding the wave" will think long and hard about this before they cast their vote.

    January 7, 2008 at 9:25 pm |
  304. GaryO

    Of course, race is not an issue in the Democratic primaries; but race will be an issue in a national election for the President of the United States (no matter what George Will has to say about it). Democrats, over all, share a sense of fair play, tolerance, and compassion.
    But once we get past the primaries, we're dealing with people who are NOT Democrats. A good percentage of Republicans and independents are not tolerant of racial differences. I like Barack as a person, but we need those crossover votes.

    January 7, 2008 at 9:30 pm |
  305. Riyaz

    Does Obama winning the nomination mean race is no longer an issue in America?

    Well, I think we're all rushing to pat ourselves in the back. The true test comes after the general election and if he's officially our president.

    One thing is certain, we are certainly better now than we have been in the past regarding perceptions of race.

    January 7, 2008 at 9:38 pm |
  306. Jane

    It is not a question of race relations and Sen. Obama. CNN's report on Sen. Obama's close family ties in Kenya are of much greater concern since Kenya is another frontline country in our battle against Islamic terrorism.

    Obama's strong family ties to this foreign country surely make him a serious potential liability for our nation, were he to become US President. Even his decision-making could be dangerously tainted and hampered.

    For example, should Al Qaeda take his family hostage, “President” Obama would be vulnerable and subject to blackmail. Where would his loyalties lie, if we would have to attack the region of Kenya in which his family lives? Would he unnecessarily use government funds and military resources just to rescue and protect his foreign family? The very thought that his family is endangered would be a major distraction for him as President and our nation from other urgent presidential duties.

    A US President must not to be emotionally bound to the people of any foreign nation. We live in a dangerous world. It is very important for our President to stay focused on the safety and well-being of our nation and its citizens. He/she must be able to remain impartial during times of crisis.

    Naturalized US citizens, such as Gov. Schwarzenegger, are disqualified from running for President since there could be potential conflicts of interest with respect to personal ties in foreign nations. Should we not apply the same criteria and concerns to Sen. Obama's situation, despite the fact that he was born here? How much we trust him in this regard?

    Please, Mr. Cafferty, we need to air, discuss and address this pivotal issue.

    January 7, 2008 at 9:47 pm |
  307. Eric Schiller

    Obama hasn't changed anything yet. America has changed. I remember when a black quarterback was a big deal. Not anymore. Obama succeeds because the nation has made some progress. How well he does his job as President may have an effect on future "races".

    January 7, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  308. Barbara

    It's amazing to me that the majority of the American people are so gullible and unknowledgeable about how our federal government works. Change. An easy promise. May be an almost impossible delivery. Barack Obama does not have enough experience on Capitol Hill to effect a change of any kind. Promising change is great, but the government works according to the Constitution and Obama certainly isn't going to make any major changes just because he becomes President! It takes much more than that. Yes he certainly is charismatic. And he definitely has a gift of speech and words. Yet no one is bringing up this...................are we really ready for a Muslim in the White House? And what about his wife. A black woman with a very big attitude. It makes me shudder to even imagine it. Not only can't Obama make any effective changes as soon as he gets into office, he doesn't even have a clue what the job entails. Hillary Clinton does. She's been there, done that. She knows how to manuever and actually get things done! Obama's wife claims that he has made things better for the poor kids in Illinois. Yes he has.............the majority of them are black. He hasn't done a thing for white kids.

    January 7, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  309. Ty

    jack, i had a lot of respect for Hillary until i just watch a speech she delivered in manchester where she actual use Barack speech. if she has to take someone elses speech to win a election, i thinks she does deserved to be elected as dog-catcher.

    January 7, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  310. Antiquelis Long Beach,CA


    Before Anglos pat themselves on the back for how colorblind they are, first realize Anglos are panic stricken, more scared of losing their way of life that the Bush Administration has tricked them out of (sold them into white slavery) than African-Americans right now.

    It makes perfect sense that they "see no color" when they vote for Obama, after all they need someone who they can dupe into believing "you're one of us, NOW." They will believe anybody at this point who PROMISES and can DELIVER on keeping what they have lost under Bush.

    Even Anglos believe in their bigotry because they are utterly shocked that Obama came out on top in "97% middle America, white Iowa," and leading in the polls in "95% east coast, white New Hampshire." If you are colorblind, this wouldn't even be a question put before us.

    But, as soon as their way of life returns, and Obama does something that they don't like, he will be hung out to dry like OJ Simpson, Barry Bonds, Michael Vick, just to name a few African-American men who Anglos first embraced when then they were making them the money to afford their luxurious lifestyles, then turned in a hatred that is the most racist about-face. Anglos want nothing to do with African-Americans, UNLESS they can make money from them, off of them, or who PROMISES to return them to back to their way of life (reminds me of something in American history,hmmm?)

    If he can't do that, then Obama will be just another n-word that needs to be "taught a lesson" only this time it will be president n-word. At a time when Anglos can't count on or believe in one of their own, then they will give the "black guy a try" but, it's temporary.

    As soon as something goes wrong like...invade the wrong country, increase the national debt billions-fold, leave people stranded without food or shelter for many days after a major disaster, the list goes on, we'll see the first successful impeachment of a president.

    Because Anglos are confused at this time in history, does not mean Anglos have given up on their pastime of racial bigotry...it is just on hold until they can pay their mortgages...but, in a few years if they can't, then we'll see a noose hanging in the oval office, maybe a old-fashioned cross burning on the front lawn for old time sake...

    Take Care,
    Long Beach

    January 7, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  311. Jacob C

    Barack Obama early success shows that in order to win the presidency or the nimination of your party ....if you are a visible minority you will have to run as an American candidate for the intire nation and not as the candidate for black America.The Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton of this world are activists who in the eyes of the Black comunity defend and speak out on injustices or when their rights are being violated .Let's face reality a black person will never win the presidency running on these race based issues when blacks are only 15% of the population.He or she will have to appeal to a broad spectrum of the public.
    We as African-Americans need a leader who will look us in the eyes and tell us the truth and not what we want to hear...not because he hates us but because he loves us and wants the best for us!
    Jacob C

    January 7, 2008 at 11:13 pm |
  312. Vance Christensen

    Barack Obama, and the rest of the candidates who want change aren't going to bring it about. You're telling me that when they were senators that they couldn't make change? How do we expect them to be any different as President? When Obama or Clinton or McCain finally step up and fillibuster a bill or propose even half of the legislation they are talking about in their campaigns, that's when I can believe they're willing to change. You think by putting them in office as an executive will change the laws on the books when they no longer have the lawmaking power which was revoked from them since they no longer serve as a legislator?

    I'm more interested in Ron Paul, someone who has defended the Constitution and the only one who can keep that oath to office where he says he promises to uphold and defend it as President of the United States.

    January 7, 2008 at 11:30 pm |
  313. Missy

    It seems the media bypassed the fact that Baraks father is Muslim why is it no news person will touch this subject are you afraid to mention it. What would Barak do to Muslim terrorist groups if they tried another terrorist attack has anyone asked him I myself would like to know how he feels about this subject .

    January 7, 2008 at 11:32 pm |
  314. Peggy

    Being a middle aged woman, when I watch the candidates avidly on CNN's coverage, I don't see man or woman, or black or white. I listen to their voices and hope to hear passion, articulated intelligence, diplomacy, and a real commitment to our country. I agree with some of the other comments, I think the younger voters hitting the polls don't look at the race card, but are looking for a vitality and hope for their tomorrows! Tearful tactics, bullying, and anger do not seem to be part of Barack O'Bama's makeup and possibly that would be a testament to the need for a cool hand and head, if elected, with nations of the world.

    January 8, 2008 at 12:00 am |
  315. Bdox

    Barak creates a new idea of a black man who is a hero. A role model for young black males. The idea that the drug dealers, corrupt athletes and pimps are not the ideals to be emulated. That the ultimate black man is a smart, inspired leader who got there by getting himself educated and learned to speak eloquently.

    Obama's victory in Iowa shows that a fine man, who does not play the race card can and does transcend racial stereotypes.

    January 8, 2008 at 12:18 am |
  316. Beverly Dagnis

    You praise Obama because he talks a good show. What has he done? Caffertys comment that Hillery should go home and bake cookies is very unprofessional. I think that CNN should reprimand him for such a comment.

    If we think we have problems with Bush as president we will have bigger problems with Obama. He is not strong at all. He talks well and that is where it ends. Ask the people of Illinois what he has done. He has done more for the illegal immigrants than the American people.

    January 8, 2008 at 12:58 am |
  317. Kasimbo, South Africa

    I think the Obama situation is just the rising of the sun from a dark night promising better days ahead but not in Obama's time itself. I don't know the black to white ratio, but I think its (US) very white or at least very white orianted–so if Obama wins that will be great and Its only in America [TODAY] (nowhere else, not even in Britain where slavery was first abolished) where such things are posible and thereafter it will represent all things America claims to be: Democratic, a land of the free–freedom!!!

    January 8, 2008 at 2:15 am |
  318. clifford noble

    why is it politically incorrect to question Senator Obama's drug use, I would like to know if this was extensive of casual, I fear putting someone in the white house who's judgement is clouded or distorted by brain cell damage, I would like to know more aabout this.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:54 am |
  319. clifford noble

    how about asking us if we think we have a right to queation those running for office about their past or present drug abuse, it seems to be politically incorrect to bring the question, is the media avoiding this issue?

    January 8, 2008 at 6:26 am |
  320. americano

    to the black people race is an issue on everything Obama has already been accused of being to white. what he did after that is go to the south to give a speech and he sounded like he just came out of the hood. if he's ellected and moves into the cracker house you can bet that Jessie jackson and al sharpton will be right there in his cabnet to make sure he doesn't become to white and every bill that has anything to do with black people he will have to sign or be accused of being to white. be smart america and see through his talk about change. don't ellect him to take the place of the king cracker thats already in the cracker house

    January 8, 2008 at 7:40 am |
  321. Bob Robertson

    As long as everyone keeps "race" as an issue, then no, nothing has changed.

    The day I read an article about Obama that _doesn't_ mention he's black, or Hillary a woman, then maybe we're making progress.

    Why hasn't the media taken "The content of their character" to heart? Likely because if we actually focused on the character of our politicians, they wouldn't be employed for long.

    January 8, 2008 at 8:35 am |
  322. Tim, Boston MA


    i pose a different question, and will wait if you can answer it.

    what's the difference between the political ideas of jesse jackson / al sharpton's and those of obama?

    that is, if you can actually identify the specifics of obama's platform. voters FEEL them instinctively and identify with obama intuitively, without Obama actually spelling out his ideas. the majority of the populace, who have repeatedly put bushes and clintons in power and have supported major policies (including iraq war) of this country, FEEL comfortable with what Obama SEEMS and must represent. and that is certainly NOT what jesse jackson and al sharpton stand for.

    of course, underneath racism is the class struggle. underneath the religous divisions is the left-right class struggle. left has defeated itself in this country by embracing identity politics and abandoning the class struggle (which is to be differentiated from the american brand of unionism, which is a collective selfishness as a mere extension of capitalist individualism). the populace is given no alternative to the status quo though people are deeply discontented in it. socialsim / communism is out of the question: no need for any more red scare. some try to fill the void with religeous conservatism (= going backward) or libertariansm (= no program). Obama tries to fill it with "hope" for something that he is yet to articulate. whether Obama is deliberately vacuous or he isn't aware of his own vacuity, i don't claim to know. what i know is, people are scrambling for something other than socialsim / communism, but, alas, there is nothing else there. so, they'll end up with pretty much the same old thing at the end of this futile exercise.

    my condolences.

    January 8, 2008 at 8:37 am |
  323. Tim, Boston MA

    i meant to say in my previous comment: obama's politics is right in the middle of the mainstream, and obviously the intuitively left are NOT behind him. i bet some of the Obama supporters are also mistaken about what they think and hope they can accomplish THROUGH Obama once he's put in the white house. real change will come

    January 8, 2008 at 8:45 am |
  324. Tim, Boston MA

    (sorry i really meant to add to the previous:) (the real change will come) only when the heart and mind of the people change.

    January 8, 2008 at 8:47 am |
  325. Adam Young

    Hey Jack,

    The way the US determines it candidates for president has got to go in the toilet. Its no wonder we have such a skewed political environment. No one is talking about all the candidates. Yes, they may not be news-worthy at that moment, but shouldn't everyone get equal time. We as a nation talk about free and fair elections, but what is so fair about spewing all the hype on only two candidates, at a time. Didn't Edwards beat Billary in Iowa, and Paul have one of the largest single day donation drives on the internet, in one day? These items may have been mentioned previously, but all the candidates have been doing things to get noticed. It is the media that determines who gets the airtime, and we constituents would like to see and hear more about all of the candidates. Not who's the most popular at the moment.

    Disgusted with it all,

    Adam Young

    January 8, 2008 at 8:54 am |
  326. teresa

    You Americans make me sick. No, he hasn't changed anything. You the media have. So much for journalistic integrity. The media will ask none of the tough questions of him. You just ride the wave because that requires less work than digging and finding out who in the world this guy is and what in the world does he stand for. WE do not know. You do not know and worse don't seem to care.
    Race Relations change my butt- you are afraid that you will be called racisit so this man is getting a free pass.
    Does America have a clue what he will do DAY one in the white house – no way. OH I know maybe we should ask Oprah – she might know, because doesn't have a freaking clue. If you Americans end up with another flunkie for 4 years – you deserve.
    To the media in general – shame on you. Especially you Jack – I never thought of you as a guy who just surfs through a story but you are. I suppose you are less afraid of being chauvanistic than a racist.
    Pack your bags if this is the best you've got surfer dude.
    A shocked Canadian.

    January 8, 2008 at 9:57 am |
  327. Donald Mott

    Obama's election to the presidency would have a major positive impact on racial attitudes in this country. His leadership and oratory skills are critical for getting the populace involved in the process of government; something that has been lacking for the last 7 years under an incoherent and secretive administration. Positive results will only be accomplished when supported by people who have understanding and support of policies and plans.

    January 8, 2008 at 10:20 am |
  328. Chuck OConnor

    I'm glad that Americans are embracing a female and a black canidate in the primaries. But how will this wash in the general election? CNN has said today that John Edwards was "following" Barack Obama's message of change. Excuse me,but I think Mr. Edwards has been carrying that message since '04. Who's following who here? Americans love a Fairy Tale and I think the rise of Barack Obama in the democratic party is no exception. But should he win the nomination I do not think he can stand up to the scrutiny the Republicans will put him through. I also do not think that nationaly a female or an African American can win the Presidency due to the polorazation it would cause: The Republicans will be hauling 80 and 90 years olds out of the nursing homes to vote against either. In '04 polls showed that John Edwards could win in the general election but the Democrats nominated John Kerry anyway and we got 4 more years of lies and chaos. I believe in Barack's message but John Edwards had it first. Wake up Democrats and nominate the right canidate before it's too late! The Republican Canidates are praising Barack to make you think they are afraid of him when in fact they welcome a race against him in the general election. Don't give them what they want!!

    January 8, 2008 at 10:46 am |
  329. kim

    I am not sure how or even if anything can change race relations in this country. I believe that people naturally gravitate towards like minded thinkers, so to me it becomes more of a state of mind, rather than a state of " race". What does concern me is, if Obama does not receive the nomination after all the attention, will there be "race riots" in L.A.??

    January 8, 2008 at 10:57 am |
  330. Matt

    Obama is slightly changing the country views race (atleast more so then Al Sharpton) and it is still an underlining problem in the country. However, if he can fix our international policies, the economy, oil dependecy, or the health care system Americans don't care if he's black, white, green or purple. O yeah he can lie to the American people either like the current administration does.

    January 8, 2008 at 11:04 am |
  331. George Schwimmer

    Thursday night, after listening to a two-minute sound bite of Barack Obama's victory speech, I went on line and volunteered for the Obama campaign, because what I heard in that sound bite were Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King speaking. The following Saturday, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, I attended a sizable Obama volunteers meeting composed almost entirely of caucasian men and women over forty-five (I'm seventy-seven), except for one Asian-American transplant from San Francisco, an Obama organizer, who looked about forty. So much for the "accepted" generational and racial divides of yore. Obama appeals to every group.

    George Schwimmer, PhD

    January 8, 2008 at 11:26 am |
  332. Greg

    As an american leaving in Canada, I would like to congratulate you guys for the coverage of the primaries. I've never watched so much TV in my life and I really like "straight talk Cafferty".
    The only problem I have is with the way CNN keeps on showing Obama's kenyan relatives and completely ignored his white relatives who are actually the real architects of his accomplishments.

    January 8, 2008 at 11:36 am |
  333. Maury Etem

    Change, Hell, I'll vote for the first candidate who promises to reinvent Washington, and how he/she will do it. Enough copying the buzz word because it worked for Obama,

    January 8, 2008 at 11:44 am |
  334. Charnie

    It's so amazing how things are going right now for Obama as a black candidate.If he gets to the White House it would change history. It's a shame that Black people don't believe in him, but it's a good thing at the same time. If Al Sharpton and the rest of these people were behind him, it would most likely lose and White people wouldn't support him, because it would be a race thing.

    I believe the media is still trying to destroy him because of his race. This morning I was watching the news, maybe CNN, I not too sure, it was a mazing how they are trying to link him to Kenya and the political trouble that Kenya is going through. A journalist even manage to interview hi grandmother. They are showing people in the streets protesting and stuff. The media is just trying to destroy his image by trying to say "you see America, this who Obama is. This where he comes from. This is what will happen if he is elected." I think this a very bad and sad move by the media. The fact that he's black is still an issue, and racism will never stop in america.

    January 8, 2008 at 11:50 am |
  335. Youssef IKLI

    Dear Sir,

    I am not an American citizen – cannot vote- but I am following Obama's performance with a great deal of interest. I think he will be America's next Kennedy.

    Now, there is great fear that contrary to waht is expected he might do bad in the "black" States, just out of "jealousy". Otherwise, I think that he had proven that the US might well be ready to have a black President – and let us dream- a woman Vice-President, HIllary Clinton, if accepts to choose her.

    Many thanks


    January 8, 2008 at 11:53 am |
  336. NDH

    "Change through unity" is what Obama is advocating. The reason it seems that nothing gets done in Washington is because most of the delegates and representatives involved have been overly tied to their political party affiliation...So much so, that most won't try to have real discussions and debates on controversial issues like abortion. I think people feel and see that Obama is someone who is willing to cross party lines in discussing issues and is willing to listen to the voice of the American people. The type of unity that someone with a message like Obama can bring is what Washington needs. Only when the country is united and dialogues/debates about real concerns can things actually get accomplished. --In terms of experience, I find no fault with Obama. There are different kinds of experience, and in my opinion the decisions someone makes in their life (education, career moves, past organizing efforts, etc.) are more important than elected experience. Character and judgment are not something that can be learned in office. Just look at the mistakes the Clintons and Bush administrations have made... And both have had years of so-called political "experience".

    January 8, 2008 at 12:03 pm |
  337. Annette

    I continue to try and find a reason to vote for a candiate that will lead this nation in times of strife, economic discontent, war and daunting challenges – so I have had cnn or fox news on every day all day in my office (I work 12 hours a day 6 days a week). I am continually disappointed – non-pulsed and often just worn out. EVERYONE is talking about change – either we aren't reporting the answer or they don't have one – CHANGE WHAT!!! This isn't some kind of homecoming rally – it is the race to select the LEADER of the free world – the USA. Are we really so weak minded as to settle for this type of cheer leading without any recognizable plans and so few facts – it is astonishing. I can't be the only one looking for the substance in a candidate. Let's get over the pep rally mentality, the neck biting and talk about actionable plans – not rhetoric. What will we specifically do to handle the upcoming crisis in social security? What will we do about health care for everyone? What will we do about the current economic strife in this nation and our poor? I was recently in New Hampshire. When discussing the vote, New Hampshire's actually said " we are practical people, we can't vote for Edwards because his wife is going to die and he will not be able to focus on national issues? Are you kidding? What about the strife in kenya – does that mean Obama will not be able to focus because his grandmother and uncle's lives could be at risk? Get a gripe and rally around the actual answers. For those of us you are "really" listening – we aren't even close. For those "new and young voters" be careful what you ask for – you just may get it. In order to work in Washington, you have to know how to "change" ithe system while working within it. If you don't have the experience or where with all to understand that – you shouldn't have the job.

    January 8, 2008 at 12:10 pm |
  338. Shae Smith

    I don't understand how the question of Obama's capacity to effect REAL change is in question in light of what he is doing within the election process itself. With only the Iowa and New Hampshire caucuses look at the change he is doing. In addition he is effecting change within the Clinton dynasty.

    Seems to me he is creating his record for change right now on his way to the Oval Office.

    ... I think Hillary should give him credit for the CHANGE he is doing in HER OWN campaign and the 2008 Election overall.

    January 8, 2008 at 12:12 pm |
  339. J.P. Maxwell

    Jack, I find it ironic that CNN reporters are tired of hearing the candidates mention the word "change" as often as they do, while CNN keeps reminding us that they are the best this and the best that. enough already! I do control the remote and there are other channels.

    January 8, 2008 at 12:15 pm |
  340. Stanford Thompson

    Barack Obama, has figured out what other Activist fail to realize; that if you fight for what is right for all, you will have more support than if you fight for what is right for a few. The way Obama has structured his message about the values of all Americans, has help him received support across the board. If you remember, during the Civil Rights Movement, there were two main figures in the Black community that was fighting to uplift Black Americans. One concentrated on the civil rights afforded to all American in the Constitution and the other concentrated on the civil rights the only the Black community did not have. Both (Martin Luther King & Malcolm X) are remembered, but King was more successful than Malcolm X, because he wanted to lift up an entire nation, while Malcolm X only concentrated on one segement of America. Ah! If only Jackson, Sharpton and other activist would have learned this listen, they may have had the same success Obama is having now. Barack Obama will have a better chance of helping the Black community, because he present himself as friend, not an enemy to those that need to re-think their position on issues. Barack Obama, is not my first choice in this election, but even so, I am touch by his message.

    January 8, 2008 at 12:32 pm |
  341. Will E.

    I think that the race should not be based on ethnicity but a national vote and Iowa proved that. To Sen. Obama my brotha the best of luck.
    Will E.

    January 8, 2008 at 12:54 pm |
  342. George Spencer


    I am a democrat and like all the candidates whom we have. The biggest fear I have is whether Obama is all talk and no sense? What is the difference between Obama and an inspirational speaker? I am afraid we are on course to choosing a candidate we like but will not be able deliver like we do with George Bush


    January 8, 2008 at 1:06 pm |
  343. Randi Dlott

    Obama's success reflects little but the nation's utter exhaustion with the egregious errors of the Bush administration: the draining of financial resources by an unnecessary war and the uncertain outlook for people who are watching expenses rise and their homes disappear while their paychecks shrink and the environment deteriorates. Obama says he offers "hope" and "change", and in our current mood we would flock to these promises if he were purple with yellow stripes. Whereas I don't believe his race is an issue, however, the media's repetitive speculation on Clinton's emotion of the moment makes me think that gender is still a big issue, at least to you. Neither Obama's race nor Clinton's gender matters, and CNN is failing to report what does. I don't care about minute to minute mood shifts in statistically insignificant states, nor do I care if you think Clinton's emotions are genuine or what a candidate's strategy is. If we are going to avoid 4 or even 8 more disastrous years, the people of this country MUST know the candidates' detailed plans to address specific issues, and their ability to deliver as reflected in their track records. I haven't decided whether I would vote for Hillary Clinton or John McCain (the only two serious candidates for the job), but if the U.S. media does not stop reporting everything that is NOT important in selecting a candidate, I can clearly tell you that I'm voting for the BBC as my primary news source.

    January 8, 2008 at 1:17 pm |
  344. kathy

    First off I am not against black people or against any race. However:
    Every one is commenting about the Obama charm. I have three more C words for him. Crafty, Cunning & cocky, Also goes for his wife that is also arrogant. When Obams made the statement after Iowa that let me win in New Hempshire & I will be your next president he turned me off. Do we not have 48+ yet states to go. He is borrowing from other speaches to tell the American people what they want to hear. He just lost my vote. I am democrat but will vote the other ticket shoul he win the nomination.

    January 8, 2008 at 1:23 pm |
  345. candy

    obama rocks

    January 8, 2008 at 1:36 pm |
  346. Mary Jacobs

    For too many years Democrats bought into the idea that only white Southern men were acceptable presidential candidates, and Obama's surge is encouraging. However, Gov. Blackwell of Ohoi and Michael Powell of the FCC are black, and they are against what most Progressives would consider the "black" and the Progressive Agenda. For Obama to represent the Democrats, he has to be Dennis Kucinich, only tall and young and rich. If Dennis were tall and rich, he would be winning now. I'm voting for Kucinich anyway, because I'd rather have a person represent what I want in America than to just buy a promise. Kucinich is the real deal. No gifts from Corporations- not just talk ,but a real program for Single Payer Healthcare HR676- was co-authored by Kucinich and Rep. John Conyers of Michigan and endorsed by Michael Moore. Give Kucinich your vote and you get your country back. Give Obama your vote and you get a smile, but will you get what you want?

    January 8, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  347. Jim Foster

    Obama better watch his back, It’s back to the future at Hillary Clinton’s campaign as some of the top advisers to former President Clinton are set to join to Hillary’s faltering campaign as early as tomorrow.Senior Clinton sources tell Fox that Hillary intends to bring in as top day-to-day advisers James Carville and Paul Begala. The campaign could also add other strategists from Clinton’s presidential years, but Carville and Begala are the biggest names and are set to join the campaign after a post-New Hampshire strategy meeting tomorrow.Carville and Begala will serve as top strategists on politics and communication and likely overshadow the current role of Mark Penn, Hillary’s senior strategist, and Patty Solis Doyle, Hillary’s current campaign manager. Top sources tell Fox Hillary won’t fire anyone but will merely seek to “enlarge” her pool of advisers.One Democratic described it as “addition by subtraction.” The subtraction won’t come in the form of lost jobs, but lost influence, meaning Carville and Begala’s strategic advise will now carry greater weight than that of the original team that devised a strategy that has led to a defeat in the Iowa caucuses and a likely defeat in tonight’s New Hampshire primary.

    The Clinton team fully expects to lose New Hampshire tonight and will attempt to argue that anything less than a 10-point loss will constitute a “moral victory.” Hillary’s surrogates will try to persuade the public that if Hillary loses by less than 10 points she will have withstood the affect of Obama’s massive post-Iowa momentum — momentum, by the way, the Clinton campaign asserted as recently as Saturday did not exist. Obviously, a loss is a loss and a loss in a state the Clinton campaign guaranteed it would wn less than four days ago, any defeat is a huge blow — no matter the magnitude.

    As for the future strategy, top Clinton advisers say Hillary will attempt to compete aggressively in Nevada’s Jan. 19 caucus though she expects to lose the vital endorsement of the culinary union in Las Vegas, a vital cog in the state’s Democratic machinery. Rory Reid, son of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, has urged Hillary not to give up on Nevada, arguing he can keep her competitive. Even so, Clinton’s camp has begun to reconcile itself to defeat there too.

    A crucial decision, therefore, awaits the campaign on the Jan. 26 South Carolina primary. Hillary may skip the state in order to save money for the Feb. 5 primaries in more than 20 states. In essence, Hillary now finds herself having to fight a rear-guard battle until the national prmary, even though less than two weeks ago she was regarded as a nearly unbeatable national front-runner.

    Financially, top advisers say the campaign has enough to carry on, with staff in all states between now and February 5th paid in full and with at least $28 million in the bank. But Hllary’s campaign hasn’t purchased TV commercials in any of the Feb. 5th states, meaning resources could prove scarce as Hillary tries to move her TV message in expensive media markets in New York, California, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

    January 8, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  348. Phil Olbert

    At first glance, it seems Obama has greatly advanced our countries race relations problem. However what is this about the church he professes to belong to. The Trinity Church of Christ claims to be totally invested in Black Africa, no mention of the U.S. In addition, to be a member of this church, one MUST be black???

    Also is it true that Obama has refused to pledge allegiance to the Flag of The United States.

    If these stories are true, it seems to me that legally, anyone voting for Obama is commiting an act of treason.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  349. Natalie Orf

    Yes this is a proud day in the USA. I am a 51 year old white and republican but I will vote for Obama in November. I think it is great he is inspiring the youth and he is a breath of fresh air! After 8 years of Bush we need to send the world a message that the USA is has matured and is back better than ever. Sharpton and Jesse were too controversial and played the race card too much. Obama is above that. Michele Obama is a great asset! She is so inspiring, articulate and eloquent. Enough with the Clintons let's allow Michele and Obama to tkae our country to new heights and restore our dignity and pride!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  350. Bill Aramoni

    Change has been the buzz word for Democrats and Republicans. We are in a time where everything has changed from technology to life style except the Government. Obama hit a nerve in most voters because of his change message which we all are starving for. Our current government has broken the treasury due to mismanagement and arrogance.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  351. Maureen Truax

    I think the democrats have lost their minds-haven't we had enough trouble with Bush? Obama cannot win the election!!! We better stick with Hillary if we want to win,and get this country back in shape-Hillary has the knowledge and the experience to try to fix our country-She already has 8 yrs in the white house(let's face it-she didn't bake cookies when she was first lady

    January 8, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  352. Betsy

    Is Obama beyond criticism because of his race? Although I am worried about President Clinton's anger, I do not think his comments were directed at Obama's race (as some on CNN seem to indicate). Presidential primaries are difficult, Obama has attacked Hillary's record and she is a woman, she should not be above criticism because of her sex. I will vote for one of them and how they stand up to criticism will make a difference in my vote. I might add that I thought Obama's comments in regards to President Clinton were great, as opposed to CNN's.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  353. Nina Senior

    Just curious.... is CNN going to visit everyone's Grandmother or just Obama's?????

    January 8, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  354. Amy

    Race is only an issue if you try to use it to take advantage of a situation. I am mulatto and proud of it. O'Bama is as white as he is black and I take offence with his misrepresentation. If he will mislead the voters that he is black when he is really mulatto what else do we have to look forward to?

    January 8, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  355. Amanda

    The other day I walked though my living room and BET was onthe television and I was very surprised to see an ad for Obama to be elected president. If you haven't seen this ad I would make it a priority before you make a comment to this blog or before you place your vote. Before I saw this ad I thought he was doing a great job keeping race out of the "race", now I'm not so sure.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:05 pm |
  356. rick stanfill

    comment to people in office: PACK YOUR BAGS

    January 8, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  357. Dolores Ward

    Jack, I just heard you pose your last question to obama and it s obvious how great you think he is or appear to think so. I just wondered, are you on his payroll, or are you just madly in love with him like edwards...

    January 8, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  358. Sam McKechnie

    All I hear from BO is "change" nothing else he says. The man is an absolute con artist. and will more than likely get the nomination for the Dems, and if he does there goes the Dems party forever. This guy is all talk and me being a 80 year old veteran and a Dem all my life will flee this country. HE HAVE NOT AN IOTA OF EXPERIENCE.


    January 8, 2008 at 6:28 pm |
  359. Michelle, NH


    I've been waiting my whole life to see this happen. Barak Obama seems to be a regular guy who most people can relate to. He talks about the issues in a way that make you feel like he will make a difference. With all the problems of religion and race in this country its finally great to hear someone talk about what matters to regular hard working americans (I've had enough with the left and right issues) Black or white- all I can see is a great man that could change the way the world views us.


    January 8, 2008 at 6:29 pm |
  360. vivian

    I second everything that Natalie Orf wrote on her post. I also would like to add that I am a 49 year old white female who is a registered independent , who voted republican the last 2 elections. I am definitely voting for Obama and I am proud to be a part of this amazing movement. That's what Obama is "a movement" he is what change is about. He will make an amazing president and make our country proud. We are very lucky to be a part of this change that is about to take our country to the next level. We have been stagnate, we have been stuck in Washington for too long. Although I believe all politicians fall short on their promises, no one has and no one will ever deliver every promise they make, but I do believe that Obama will deliver a lot of his promises. I truly had enough of the clinton times and cannot wait till something new comes along. If Clinton wins the democratic nomination, I will definitely vote for the republican nominee and then move to Europe or something. I have some advice for Hilary. Don't let bill fight your battles. Be a big girl and fight your own battles! It was pretty tacky for our former president to go on stage to defend her and undermine Obama.I am sure he didn't defend her whn he cheated on her with 6 or seven women. By the way, if Hillary became president and if things were to go wrong with other countries, she needs to know that she cannot call on hubby to make things nice. I wish we had a good woman to vote for, I'd love to see a woman in office, but definitely not Hillary. She is just not trustworthy enough! Funny how quickly her softer side came out when everyone asked her to get softer. She is such an actress, I think she'll do better in hollywood than in Washington. Her tears were a direct result of a broken EGO!!!!

    January 8, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  361. Glory

    Dear Mr.Cafferty,
    I am so shocked and disappointed in you and Wolfe. It seems Hillary can't do anything right according to you and other news reporters. If she acts knowledgeable and sure of herself, she's "too aggressive and a {you know that Bad Word}" if she shows her emotions she's "not Presidential enough". Make up your minds. I really feel this is all stemming from the problem that you "older white males" just do not want a women as President...grow up!! It will happen, my votes for Hillary all the way!!

    January 8, 2008 at 6:34 pm |
  362. tom behr

    dear jack you scare me by honking obama's horn. i thought you to be more of the cynic . i want to be able to comptemplate more than "change" lets not forget than prez bush brought change also and the american voter electesd him twice

    January 8, 2008 at 6:34 pm |
  363. James

    If people really wanted CHANGE they would be running to the polls to vote for Hillary Clinton for SHE is true change! I think its truly sad how the media has taken over this election...as others have said, now the media will choose for us! Why isnt the media taking on a nonjudgemental perspective and treating ALL the canidates the same? Instead they gush over Obama because he has become a "great story", he is Oprah's go-to-guy, and somehow THAT became good enough to make him President?!? COME ON. Where has he done all these "great things" for race relations?? How come the media and the public can criticize every move Hillary makes, questioning anything and everything but NOT ONE single question is raised about Obama??? I cant believe the 2008 election, a VERY important election, has turned into a popularity contest with people letting Oprah make up their minds! After all we have gone thru with GWB people are just asking for it again, and I cant seem to understand WHY???

    January 8, 2008 at 6:51 pm |
  364. gil r.

    This guy obama has not been tested, cnn and rest of the Media are setting back and not asking the hard questions, but you people are always reading to jump on Hillary for any mistake.

    January 8, 2008 at 7:09 pm |
  365. DC in VA

    It seems that people are seeing the man, not the ethnicity

    January 8, 2008 at 7:32 pm |
  366. Nuwan Samaranayake

    I don't think a race is a issue for majority of American when selecting a president. However, what we see in the north in these early primaries may not reflect how people in south feel about this issue. That could turn things bad for democrats if the race become an issue in the south. However, I would also like to believe that Obama will not give any unfair advantage to his own race if he get elected as the president. That would create chaos in this country.

    January 8, 2008 at 7:45 pm |
  367. John Denis

    Hey Jack,

    I think what voters need to decide is – if there were a major attack tomorrow on a
    great American city – or if the President were to meet with foul play during his visit to Palestine these next few days- WHO would they want to take over from Cheney on Jan. 2008?
    In other words, Who's tried and true and ready to hit the ground running?
    My guess – Hillary Or Giuliani?
    We men haven't done that great a job so far. Let's give us a chance. Let's give Hillary a chance.

    January 8, 2008 at 7:56 pm |
  368. Scott

    Someone tell Edwards to get out of the race. If he stays Oboma is sure to lose and he sure ain't gonna win the nomination!!

    January 9, 2008 at 12:01 am |
  369. Jeremy

    It's really disappointing to hear commentators suggest that an Obama win would illustrate that America is colorblind. Racism is a system, not simply a set of attitudes. I do think an Obama candidacy would show that American ATTITUDES have become more racially tolerant, but that does not say anything about the American, legal, criminal, political and economic system. America did not cease to be systemically racist because it got a black Secretary of State or a black Supreme Court Justice. Racism is a system not an attitude and tokenism in the system may signify progress but it does not signify justice. The struggle for the dream continues...

    January 9, 2008 at 12:43 am |
  370. Phil Lee

    You are so naive. Bush got elected because of big corporations and rich folks; Obama will elected not for his principles, but for his color; Hillary for her gender; Huckabee for his Christian beliefs; etc etc. If a Jew was running, the Jew would win because of big supports. I wouldn't be surprised if a Hispanic wouldn't get voted in as President. Elections are like sport events. It is whoever gets the most attention in the media; and whoever gets the most donations....sponsors. I say, do not vote for anyone that has been given the most financial support for that candidate has signed his 4 yrs in office to be their puppet(as Bush and Cheney did). I trust no one.
    A real test for Obama is to hear his reason as to why, for example, Martin Luther King, an intelligent man but few today follow his teaching and principles, is a holiday without sales, bargains, and discounts in major retailers. I have not heard or seen in the stores any commercialism for King's Day but Lord help us what we have seen before the Christmas holiday, Easter holiday, Memorial holiday since they are truly honorable holidays where life was given for our souls and for our freedom. The message here is Martin King is better than Jesus and our dead soldiers. Second question on race for Obama, can he bring about a change of love, faith, and forgiveness among the Blacks so as to stop the hatred towards whites and for God sakes forget and forgive the war between the states. The War Between the States was not about slavery, it was about the same reasons behind the Revolutionary War. I want to hear a candidate speak up for equality for all and no, again no, special privileges for anyone( a quote of Thomas Jefferson). I am middle class white American and am tired of getting the short end of the stick.

    January 9, 2008 at 5:35 am |
  371. Terrence

    Senator Obama's candidacy speaks to Yes We Can and represents American Multiculturism at its finest. That's the Real Diverse America!

    January 9, 2008 at 11:52 am |
  372. tj henderson texas

    obama was sounding alot like martin luther king.,.,the dream thing.,.,n some jesse jackson,.hes a positive help to stop decrimanation of race ,.now we need someone to stop the descrimanation of the sexes.,granny tj

    January 9, 2008 at 1:08 pm |
  373. Ash

    "Fox News reports a lot of big-time black celebrities haven’t announced their support of Obama yeT, people like Spike Lee, Denzel Washington, Quincy Jones, BET Chairman and founder Robert Johnson, Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr., authors Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison, and rappers “Diddy” and “Jay Z.” "

    .......who cares??? I am 23 years old and I listen to Jay Z and Toni Morrison is one of my favorite authors of all time but should it really matter if they support Obama. What are their reasons for them supporting him and why are all of these supporters African American and being advertised by the media? I feel more than anything the media is making this a race issue.

    January 9, 2008 at 1:18 pm |
  374. Eric

    I think that Obama's success in Iowa shows that voters (at least in Iowa) care less about "race" than they do about other issues. I hope it shows that "race" is becoming less and less important to voters, as it should. For those who still feel that people won't vote for Obama because of his "race," I wonder if there is an area that is 95% black and would vote for the one white candidate in a field of black candidates.

    January 9, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  375. Teresa Boudrie RN, CEN

    Hey Jack,

    I think O'bama has changed the American political scene. The problem I have with O'bama is the lack of respect he shows for our military, active duty and retired. I work for the military and all I hear from them is how O'bama shoves his hands in his pockets when the National Anthem is played or the Pledge of Allegiance is said. The American Soldier deserves all the respect we can give, especially from someone wanting to be their Commander in Chief.


    January 9, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
  376. Lola

    Can anyone honestly elect this man President of the United States of America?
    I had heard about this but a picture is definitely worth 1000 words! God save us!!!

    Senator Barack Obama, Governor Bill Richardson, Senator Hillary Clinton and Ruth Harkin stand during the national anthem.
    Barack Hussein Obama's photo (that's his real name)......the article said he REFUSED TO NOT ONLY PUT HIS HAND ON HIS HEART DURING THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE, BUT REFUSED TO SAY THE PLEDGE.....how in the hell can a man like this expect to be our next Commander-in-Chief????

    The picture that goes with this will not show up on here. You probably already have seen it. He refuses to wear a pin of OUR FLAG on his lable, so I can see him not doing the pledge also. Can we trust him????

    January 10, 2008 at 9:55 am |
  377. Tom, Boston Ma

    the comments on this blog proves:
    there are two groups of Obama supporters:
    1) the mainstream (reagan democrats, self-styled substance-less independents, and moderate republicans)
    2) liberals who believe Obama is promising significant change in foreign policies.

    the second group may be in for a big disappointment. Obama won't make it to the WH if his foreign policies are indeed too different from the current (and long-established) ones. if he does make it, it will be because his policies are NOT significantly different from the status quo.

    real change doesn't come with one electioneering campaign. it can only come with real change in the hearts and minds of the people. it takes real time and real efforts.

    January 10, 2008 at 10:11 am |
  378. Samson

    As an African American I do think that the manner in which younger Americans view race has changed significantly from those of their grand-parents. However, Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson should not be discarded as relics of the past. Obama's open-minded "We as Americans" point of view is consistent with his study of Constitutional law, speaking in terms of Constitutional based politics Obama is "conservative" in his understanding of of this country's manual and how we should view each other as American citizens. His social policies however, may be viewed differently by some. While racism still exists in American society racism in general in this country primarily exists within a systemic context as of today. The opinions and subsequent policies of older generations did consider race differently than the youth of today. It is because of those policies decisions that spokesmen like Sharpton and Jackson fight their legitimate fight for the disenfranchised. Consider the changes adopted by the supreme court in regards to the Reagan's administrations mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines which were disproportunately aimed at punishing jobless, uneducated, 3rd, 4th, and 5th generation inner city youths more severely than many murderers and child rapists for non-violent, victimless, economic based drug-crimes. 13.4% of the American population is of African decent and of that 13+% more than 35% of voting age African American males have been denied there right to vote indefinately after paying their debt to society for those drug crimes, this is clearly systemic racism, and not the only incident. America is getting better and all true Americans should appreciate that, however there is a ways to go. There is a reason why inner city communities are predominately African American and Hispanic and those reasons are not the same all the members of one of those groups are here legally and have been from the beginning. Do not attempt to sell Obama as the norm he is not only a great African American, he is first and foremost an extrordinary American, who has dedicated his life to the rule of law which makes our country great. Many will attempt to claim that everything is all well in terms of race relations if we as a group elect a "black" president in Nov. Those with a firmer more realistic grip on reality will know better. The wealth gap, education gap, employment gap, family gap, crime gap, housing gap, healthcare gap, are not completely products of the "morality gap" conservatives and some liberals like Cosby, and Stein often attest to. Actualizing the promise of America heals the wounds of history in that individual, however the accomplishments of an exceptional few does not have that same effect on the entire group, nor does that accomplishment speak of the "free giving will" of America, but rather the exceptional nature of that individual and his resiliance in pursuit of his dreams and goals. The support of the African Americans community is not a zero-sum game where its either Obama or Sharpton/Jackson, as the media would have you all believe. Obama's multi-cultural America can certainly heal the social-economic damage of many African American communities caused by centuries of racism, bad policies, intolerance, ignorance, and hatred, but it will require much effort and an open and honest analysis of where government failed to protect their pursuits of liberty and happiness, as well as careful consideration of what the role of government should and would be in addressing the resolution of those issues. Whereas I cannot see Sharpton/Jackson as being capable of having this conversation with the American people, I feel that Obama can, I am certain he can remove the identity politics from the conversation and address what could possibly be achieved by working together. I am not willing to accept that the disproportional achievements in this country are simply due to "eugenics" or "inherent immorality" and I doubt that anyone who disagress with these comments could stand up in public and make that claim. I am insulted that many feel as though the "race card" is some trvialized cop-out, and yet remain completely ignorant of how many aspects of so called "traditional" governance systemically affects some groups differently. Individual accountability follows equal opportunity and equal treatment without equality everything else is a mute point. If America is not a group equal Americans, then America is a still a wild un-cultivated wilderness, and people will become cowboy's who make their own estates whether on the plains of the Mid West or within the inner cities of the east and west coast. That is American as apple pie

    January 10, 2008 at 1:02 pm |
  379. Samson

    Phil Lee,

    Why are you so angry? Would you rather slavery still exist? What short end of the stick? Was your grand-father denied an education? How about his father?, or his father? Could either of them have opened an interest bearing savings account?, How about buy and own a house or property? Have they always been able to participate in the democratic process and decide who determined their fates in America? If they had the money could they have started a business? Could they have purchased property for that business in the best and most lucretive neighborhoods? Could they have gotten a loan from the bank or the government? Could they have been successful, and have lived secure without threats of reprisals from unseen hooded terrorists? How much black do you have in you? Is that by choice or was your female ancestors the ones raped and savaged drunken old men? Have you ever seen a post card with one of your ancestor burning in front of laughing women and children drinking Iced tea?

    Your ancestors had every opportunity to make their lives better without the weight of hatred and the fear of a savage death, so why are you angry again?. Like yourself, they probally spent more time trying to convince themselves blacks were undeserving of equality rather than trying to make a living and/ or future for themselves and their families.

    Give my hard-working, humble, and faithfully spiritual ancestors 1/3 the opportunity your ancestors had America would be all the better for it. How dare you, the audacity of your ignorance is beyond childishness to think that you deserve special treatment or consideration. My ancestors built this country for free, gave legs to this infant economy through the blood of their hands and feet, and you feel as though you who have not given anything has the right to say enough is enough. You sound like a Islamic fundamentalist or Kim jung Il from North Korea. Certainly not an American. If 14% of this population with nearly 40% of that population currently incarerated and nearly 60% without a college education or any significant job training threatens your well being then the most likely reason for that has nothing to do with African Americans but rather yourself and what you choose to occupy your time with.

    Let someone read over your comments first, and watch their facial expression, your are a minority in this country at present, America has changed please catch up and leave 1960 in 1960

    Generation X,
    In private, away from your negativity your children would agree with me as well as your wife. Get counseling

    January 10, 2008 at 1:42 pm |
  380. Chandra

    The Democrats and The Republicans are running for “CHANGE”!!!

    What is this thing call “Change”? What will it change; from and to what: Democracy to “Cultural Diversity and Diversify???

    Under “Cultural Diversity” a woman’s right to Vote, Marry, have Children, be employed, earn an income, own a home, voice opinions, communicate…etc. are all Defunct.

    A woman must first “gain/ask for permission” to be afford such rights. But, gaining permission comes with a process call “stringent guidelines” which is undisclosed and unpublished. This then makes a woman’s choice for freedom, under Cultural Diversity”, null.

    The question is: how is it that Sen. H. R. Clinton’s freedom for Democracy has not changed to “Cultural Diversity/Diversify” under “CHANGE” and what “Stringent Guidelines” does she have that is undisclosed to afford her the Rights to seek higher Political Office and expand her Career Goals and endeavors???

    In addition, the voters who voted for her, why are they not “Cultural Diversify”???? Besides, for the record, Sen. H. R. Clinton has no “track experiences” in politics; her only political office is having the position of Senator of New York, which she bullied her way into. She is demonstrating her position for change by being derelict in her responsibilities to her job position and requirements. She is unfocused as to her responsibilities to New York State.

    Further, it was not Sen. H. R. Clinton’s place/job to change The Health Care System when her husband (ex-President Clinton) was in Office. She had no political position at that time, only being a wife to a president of the United States. She was confused then as to her job/position/title then and she is more confused as to her job title/responsibilities/ position/functions to New York State now.

    When Ex-President Bill Clinton took the platform in New Hampshire, he spoke as a person who has qualifications and experiences for what the Job will require. As an expert in Politics and the Oval Office, he denounced all male from the position; he denounced all Democrat Candidates from the position, he called for “CHANGE”.

    Well, to analyze this: He wants a Republican, a Woman, and change from a white person to a minority. This would be the Ultimate Change... Who will fit this type of CHANGE he is calling for? Ms. C. Jugmohan

    January 10, 2008 at 1:58 pm |