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seaglass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-24-11 12:37 PM
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119. Do you disagree with Prof. Kennedy's take?
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/12/books/the-persistence...

"Mr. Kennedy is, deep down, an admirer of the presidents. (Mr. Obama, a Harvard Law graduate, signed up for, but did not ultimately take, one of Mr. Kennedys courses.) When he lists the many things black people love best about the president, its apparent that hes speaking for himself as well. Among these reasons: Mr. Obama identifies himself as black, when he could have, like Tiger Woods, spoken of himself as mixed race; he married a black woman, while other powerful black men often marry white ones; he is dignified, the most well-spoken, informed, gracious, cosmopolitan, agile, and thoughtful politician on the American political landscape.

Mr. Kennedy observes, In the hearts and minds of most black Americans indeed, the overwhelming mass of African-Americans Barack Obama is the most admired person in the canon of black celebrity and accomplishment, surpassing Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Booker T. Washington, W. E. B. Du Bois, Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Rosa Parks, Thurgood Marshall and even Martin Luther King Jr. "
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