Hey guys! I've just had a little pet peeve recently that I thought I'd share for a little conversation. Obama isn't really "the first black president." Read on. I hear a lot of people around me say "the first black president" or "it's a historic election, it's the first black person elected president" or similar things. I live in Japan, but even here many people are talking about it. It doesn't matter much if at all to me what race the president is... although I know it affects the election, I don't care if he's purple-skinned... as long as he can lead the country, be a positive influence, and promote good causes, I think he'd be a great president. HOWEVER... saying Obama is the "first black president" is misleading. He is the child of a black man and a white woman (skin color only, ignoring nationalities). Therefore, Barack Obama is equally white and equally black. He's a 50/50. Therefore... Barack Obama is "just another white president" is just as truthful as saying "Barack Obama is the first black president." Why do people act as if being half white and half black automatically makes him black? Personally, I don't see him as a "black president," but a "half black, half white president." And to be honest, doesn't that seem to convey the general sense of what we're trying to accomplish in America? Blur the racial lines that divide? And wouldn't Obama be a fitting president to display that role, being half white and half black? Sure, he doesn't "represent" any Asian, Middle Eastern, Hispanic, or other European races, but no man can do it all. Why do we do a disservice by labeling him as merely "black?"