Ted Sorenson, John F. Kennedy's advisor and speech writer says, "Obama reminds me in many ways of Kennedy." Okay, all well and good. However, Obama's poll numbers are still in the 30% range while Hillary Clinton's are still in the 50% range. A set of new Newsweek polls (July) seems to indicate that whites would in fact vote for Obama if he were the party's candidate, and qualified. This is worrisome because with more and more comparisons between Jack and Barack, the math is not adding up.
Why? Because Obama has yet to poll "as most likely to win" the presidency in numbers anywhere near JFK's lowest poll ratings at 58% in 1963, according to Newsweek's list of low ratings for presidents. But don't get me wrong, I understand why Sorenson would compare Barack to Jack. They have both garnered scads of covers in popular magazines long before they have been nominated for anything!
I have been writing articles about Obama for a few months now. And after I wrote "The Obama-Drama Meter" and got overwhelming response I knew I was on to something big. Basically I was asking, and did ask, "Is Obama black enough?" While at the airport July 12, I spied a Newsweek, and inside it, too, posed the exact same question. So I have to ask – drum roll – where are the poll numbers to match this man's mega-money multipliers via the Internet? I mean come on, he should be like the bull stock market: shutting out, or having some of the others ready to pack it in. But that does not seem to be the case. Hence Oprah? Not sure. What about the other candidates? John Edwards is getting anxious for other candidates to leave the field so that the remaining "serious ones" can get down to brass tacks. He does not think he should be one of them obviously.
I am confused now after seeing the black and white issue raised by Newsweek. And frankly was left scratching my head and thinking that "maybe all black people are bipolar, don't know, but black commentators absolutely did not agree with my raising that question, and disagreed strongly with me." Fine, he is a black man living in America, and hence African American, more African than American maybe. That was my conclusion.
My doubts grow greater everyday about the chances that Obama could win the nomination and the election. His Secret Service code name is "renegade," for God's sake. That word is way too close, when looking at the letters, to "nigger" for my taste. They said "don't read too much into it." Oh no, don't think so. The other candidates get code names that are from nature or animals. And with the racism that I experience as a woman every day and every time I step outside the door, despite having nearly three degrees and being a certified science teacher, I think – no, I know – that whites will go into the voting booth, look down, read the names and "Barack who?" could be the likely response.
If the logic that blacks folks must remain in their place in the white world is sound, then my foregone conclusion has to be that Barack Obama is sure as hell out of his place. And hence is destined to get the real WWF smack-down real soon. Forgive me readers, Heloise is feeling jaded today. But seriously, I really think that Obama's name will be written with something akin to invisible ink for most whites come voting day.
But does that mean we the people can't get him into high office? No, not at all. If the desire to vote reaches critical mass and people vote with their feet by going to the polls, then come election day, he won't need a rich daddy, vote buyers, book buyers, or ghost writers, if he becomes the party's candidate. But will he?