An Historic Day

| January 19, 2009

Today, January 20th, the United States inaugurates the first black man to be elected president. This is an historic day, though I don’t feel that it is as historic as some in the media seem to. To me, it’s not a big deal that Obama’s skin is not the same color as mine.

There are many who will look on this day and cite the giants of our culture who paved the way for this achievement. Some will cite the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, a man who I believe in many ways was a more defining and bold figure than President Obama is. While Dr. King did much to call attention to deep seeded racial inequalities in this country nearly 50 years ago, I think the man most responsible for paving the way for President Obama is that cultural icon, Cleavon Little.

It was his bold portrayal of a black man taking the contentious post of sheriff in a western town besieged by thugs, crooks and swindlers (many of whom were in the government) that, in my opinion, truly laid the ground work for this inauguration, and is the parallel of the perils of today.

Want more evidence? Watch this (but don’t if you are afraid of some strong language)

Pure. Genius.

Bonus points to President Obama if the first words as he starts his address are “Excuse me while I whip this out!”.

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Category: 2008 Election, Main, Video

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Bruce Henderson is a former Marine who focuses custom data mining and visualization technologies on the economy and other disasters.

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