Even Bill Clinton (the former president adoringly labeled “the first black president” by many African-Americans) was dumbfounded by Mr. Obama’s rise during the primaries, attributing it to the freshman senator’s skin pigmentation, rather than his experience or accomplishments. Had candidate Obama been Caucasian, opined Mr. Clinton, he wouldn’t have made it beyond early primaries.
To that certainty, I would add another: had African-American Obama been a conservative, he would have been either ignored or ridiculed beyond reason by the same media who did everything in their considerable power to see him elected on Nov. 4.
What’s done is done, however. And now I worry for the millions around the world who, for the time being at least, are idealistically euphoric. Today’s tearful, worshipful, hope-engorged crowds are doomed to discover that Barack Obama is only a man. To be sure, an exceptionally charismatic man who is gifted in rhetoric. But adoring acolytes may soon be shocked to discover that he is indeed, a mere mortal.