Barack Obama, mestizo, born of a Kenyan father and white American mother in Honolulu is more like a second generation Filipino American whose father might be an Ilocano and his mother a Caucasian Americana. In this sense, he is closer to the immigrant roots of America than the canonical "Black experience" and racial politics as we have known it in the late 20th century. I think his political success thus far lies in the fact that he may be among the first "post-racial" politicians in America, as he has sometimes been described.
NY Times has video coverage of the Democratic and Republican New Hampshire debates.
Senator Barack Obama repeated a stand he first mentioned in a speech last year: he would go into Pakistan even without its permission, if the United States had actionable intelligence on Osama bin Laden, and take him out. Shades of George W. Bush? Haha! John Edwards and Barack Obama ganged up on poor Hillary...
The New York Times has a survey of the major candidates in the US Presidential race and is a good way to take a seat just in case you haven't actually tuned in yet.
The GOP's Iowa winner, Mike Huckabee is here along with Rudy Giuliani and New Hampshire front runner John McCain. Right opposite Hillary Rodham Clinton whose campaign may actually be suffering from Bill Clinton's hulking presence.
Here's Barack Obama on YouTube (for a quick intro) to the US Senator from Illinois, who is a mestizo or mulatto, for the information of the cute-headline writers at the Philippine Daily Innuendo ("BLACK PRESIDENT IN THE WHITE HOUSE?"--January 4 front page headline)
Background Info on Barack Obama:
Barack Obama is a multiracial American politician, though he bristles at that label. He served as Democratic state senator in Illinois, and then as US Senator from that state. Only two other blacks have served in the US Senate since Reconstruction. His father was an economics student from Nairobi, his mother a white American anthropology student when they married. They divorced when Obama was young, and his father returned to Kenya. Obama was raised by his mother until about age 10, when his maternal grandmother in Honolulu took him in. He graduated with honors from Harvard Law School, where he was the first African-American to edit Harvard Law Review. Obama practiced civil-rights law, representing victims of housing and employment discrimination and working on voting-rights legislation. He worked as a community organizer in a slummish Chicago neighborhood. He has spoken against NAFTA and racial profiling, and for universal health care.The Race Question involved in this US election pertains of course to Barack Obama. It might be summarized by the question, "Are Americans ready for a black president?" I think it depends. Barack Obama would not be a "black president" in the sense that racial issues would not be the transcendental motif of his presidency, though it would certainly be a major part. I think this is what some pundits mean by calling him a "post-racial politician." Some in Hillary's camp have been less kind and say Barack ought to quit acting "white"!
(Which of course is related to the question regarding Hillary: "Are Americans ready for a white woman president?")
Back on the campaign trail... From the looks of this, Barack Obama is bringing a lot of momentum from Iowa right on into New Hampshire, and is now running neck and neck with Hillary. John McCain has a decisive six point survey lead over Mitt Romney for the GOP in New Hampshire.