Barack Obama spoke to a sellout crowd in New Hampshire and turned the place out. White folks ain’t never been this excited since John and Bobby Kennedy. Tickets sold out quickly and they packed the house to touch the hem of his garment. This enthusiastic reception is what black folks have been praying for. We’ve been waiting since Adam and Eve left the garden for a black politician to receive a reception like this. Too bad we don’t know what this brotha stands for. He has done absolutely nothing to define himself as anything but a Safe Negro. He has voted against John Kerry’s amendment to immediately redeploy the troops out of Iraq. He voted for the Anti-working class Bankruptcy Bill. He voted for the right-wing Oman Free Trade Agreement. Folks have fallen in love with a media creation, not the man himself.
I have never seen the undisguised look of adoration in white folks faces towards a black political figure. This is totally unprecedented. One old man looks as if he is one year younger than God, he’s holding an Obama sign. Amazing. In 1992, these same flinty New Hampshire voters wouldn’t give former Virginia Gov. Doug Wilder a chance. Running as a right-wing, budget cutting centrist, Wilder had little appeal to blacks or anybody else outside of his own family. New Hampshire has a small black population that make’s Iowa’s look like Atlanta. In light of these facts, the achievement the other day is all the more remarkable.
The building hysteria and vacuous press coverage is feeding the movement and contributing to his healthy poll numbers. The consultants all see dollar signs when they see this brotha. They are all chomping at the bit to get a piece of him. Professional campaigns these days are light on specifics and long on platitudes. The public supposedly is hip to it but then you see the above reactions as if Jesus alighted from Heaven to address the earth. The time has come to make a decison or get off the pot. Once its made, and we all know what it will be, he needs to start articulating some real positions, not the focus group pablum we’ve heard so far. It just won’t cut it. We need to hear some real stuff from the heart about social and economic justice.
It is clear from the temper and tone of the press coverage that they want him to run, and not for Vice President as I would prefer. In my mind, it is nothing more than a trap from the pit of Hell. I categorically don’t trust the “mainstream media.” Their irresponsible flacking for the Vietraq War is right in line with their corporate responsibility to their shareholders’ profit margins. They live to build somebody up and then tear them down. The Obama train has left the station, the only question is whether he’s leading it or being led by it. Time will tell and we’ll all be waiting with baited breath.