Barack Obama's intelligence and knowledge is vast. He's understanding, he's generous. These are all things that not just Black men, but any human being can benefit from. But when he was elected, I think a lot of people, not just Black folks, felt life with an African-American president was going to be presto chango! I'm not taking about the economy, but racism. Many felt we were entering a post-racial climate, which I think is the biggest crock ever. As a people, we have to understand Barack has to be President for the United States of America. It's unprecedented what he's doing. He's on uncharted waters. He needs our support, he needs our prayers, he needs our help in moving forward.
Barack has a definite influence on young boys. I see it with my own eyes with my 12-year-old son Jackson. If we're at a dinner and someone says something critical of Barack, he stands up at the table and defends him. Jackson's not having it! He'll say, What do you want him to do? He's doing his job! Leave him alone. He's proud of his president. We can't even estimate now the influence Barack will have on young Black boys, or the influence of Sasha and Malia. They're going to have a great effect on young Black girls too.
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