Amy Sullivan at Swampland points out how odd it is that the American media are going heavy on Obama’s race, and thusly are missing the story Ã‚Â«:
“Of course, the unrelenting focus on historic firsts is easier than pointing out that a majority of Americans voted for Obama because they were fed up with the politics and policies of the Bush era, they wanted to proud of their country again, and they thought Obama was the guy who could fix things. But that’s not exactly a unifying positive theme, so commentators are sticking to the ‘first black president!’ one.
But if the coverage was absurd leading up to Obama’s speech yesterday, it’s been simply surreal since. Because inconveniently, Obama did dwell on the historic nature of his presidency. He talked about…moving away from the politics and policies of the Bush era, the goal of making Americans proud of their country again, and doing the hard work of fixing things. It’s been hilarious to watch coverage of the speech because there are no clips from it that fit the ‘first black president!’ packaging. Not only that, but the clips they do run don’t make any sense because they’ve provided no context. Why the heck is this guy talking about ‘putting away childish things’ and the ‘false choice between our security and our ideals’? Doesn’t he know he’s the first black president?”