July 16th, 2008
07:24 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Is America ready for a black president?

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Morning people...

Last night on Larry King - Senator Barack Obama said that if he's elected president in November, he will seek input from military commanders on the Iraq war and the fighting in Afghanistan. "But ultimately, the buck stops with me...I am absolutely convinced that strategically it is time for this [Iraq] war to end," Obama said, adding he believes the United States can withdraw combat troops from Iraq within 16 months while leaving "a residual force to engage in counter terrorism activities" and protect diplomats. Obama also did some more finger pointing - saying the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts have "worsened" because the Bush administration has emphasized war tactics more than an overall strategy. Hmmmmm, I wonder if the President will respond...we will keep you posted...

Today, Barack Obama holds a summit on confronting 21st century threats...I am not really sure what "confronting 21st century threats" means exactly, but hopefully Candy Crowley can cut through it for us....

Meanwhile, John McCain is the featured speaker today at NAACP convention, Dana Bash looks at McCain and the black vote....The latest polling gives Barack Obama about 90 percent support nationally among black voters...John McCain has about 4 percent...yikes!...Why even bother John McCain? It seems like a lost cause, no?

AND it appears as we head into the first election where for the first time an African-American is on the ballot, Americans are sharply divided by race....BUT EVERYONE may be ready for a black president....According to a new NY TIMES/CBS poll, blacks and whites hold vastly different views of Senator Barack Obama, the state of race relations and how black Americans are treated by society, that Barack Obama’s candidacy, while generating high levels of enthusiasm among black voters, is not seen by them as evidence of significant improvement in race relations. So we will touch on this tonight...

Gary Tuchman takes us to South Carolina where the South Carolina legislature has approved the production of license plates featuring a cross and the words "I believe." It is the first state in the nation to approve a plate with a reference to one religion. The Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina spearheaded the effort and says while he would support other religions symbols on state plates, he believes the United States is a Christian nation, and that Christians shouldn't always back down to "separation of church and state types." And yes, those "types" have filed a federal lawsuit against the state saying this is a violation of the nation's constitution. Is it? YOU decide, tune in tonight and voice you opinion ...

BUT honestly folks, it appears to be pretty quiet out there today, so I am hoping for a big news story...a guy can dream can't he?

ALL for now....

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soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Benjamin Corey Feinblum

    Oh yeah – and Obama is as white as he is black.

    So, you are pushing that he is black and making it an issue.

    He has a white parent. Why don't you ask the question – just how white is Obama?

    You see it sounds ridiculous.

    The entire conversation brings focus to the wrong thing. And loses the realities and facts that are more important.

    Benjamin Corey Feinblum

    July 16, 2008 at 11:36 pm |
  2. Dennis

    I can't nor do I have the time or energy to be racist in considering who I will support with my vote for president of the United States. I am a white man and a registered republican who is voting for Barack Obama. I am voting for Mr. Obama because I believe him to be the best candidate for the job. Can this country really afford 4 more years with a Republican president? That is a thought that literally frightens me.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  3. lampe

    I hope Sen. McCain does pick a woman, I plus alot of HRC female supporters, would be more than happy to vote for them. At least on party would show that they respect for women. The DNC really showed women just how important we really are, they sold us down the river just because the wanted to run a man ,any man even one who doesn't know anything about anything but the word change. McCain\Any Wonam08

    July 16, 2008 at 9:05 pm |
  4. lampe

    The NAACP, was not very nice to Sen. McCain., they asked their questions in very mean and hateful voices. The showed him little if any respect. If A White group had acted that way with Obama, The NAACP would be calling for heads to roll. Funny I always thought in order to get respect, you had to show respect. Not much shown today from Black Leaders. Remember god don't like ugly

    July 16, 2008 at 8:59 pm |
  5. Larry

    I'm finding this a good blog with many opinions. This blog will be back again and it will be interesting to see how it evolves thru November.

    July 16, 2008 at 8:49 pm |
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