So . . . what is America going to have first? A woman president or a black president? And why?
Who is to say it won’t be both? Well, not this election anyway. If you’re talking about Obama and Clinton, I suspect that Clinton will probably edge out Obama not necessarily because the electorate would find her to be better able to perform the job but because she has more years of experience under her belt.
I think our next President will definitely be either Hillary or Barack, and right now my money is on Hillary, though Barack is steadily gaining. Both will be a huge improvement over W. but that is not saying much. I think both have the potential to be an excellent president. Hillary is the superior candidate for two reasons: 1. She knows more about healthcare reform than anyone on the planet. 2. Her husband is Bill and America needs Bill and Hillary back in the Whitehouse. In the complicated world we live in both domestically and abroad, we need the smartest and most experienced leaders possible. Barack is also extremely intelligent as evidenced in his books, speeches, and view points on a wide range of issues. My only concern is his youth and how fast he has risen through the political ranks – he seems to be less of a tested commodity than Hillary. But his rockstar-like charisma might put him over the top to win the primary. While I am excited at the prospect of having our first Black or Female president, I don’t think race or gender should be a factor in casting this critical vote. Hillary and Barack are simply the two best candidates.
Wow! Well spoken!! I wasn’t referring specifically to Hillary or Barack when I posed the question, though. I was just wondering if America is going to go with a woman president first or a black president first. Although…. I agree with you that both Hillary and Barack are great candidates.
Funny, I’ve thought of the same question.
I believe that regardless of one’s race, a man still has a better chance of becoming a president purely based on the existing demographics of the US political party / system. Of course, that’s as long as the man is not openly homosexual. I am also not conviced that electorates actually vote for candidates who are better capable of running the country. Many blindy vote for a particular political party.
All in all, it depends who the candiates are. But in the next two election we can be sure that there will be no gay, nor person of Arabic/middle east descent to be elected as a US president.
How about Asians?
You should watch “Hacking Democracy.”
I dunno – such a calculation would essentially boil down to weighing prejudices, and I don’t have that formula. Frankly, I think most of America isn’t ready for either. Being raised in an urban setting, I tend to forget that most of this country is very rural and not-quite-sophisticated, and further hold on to a lot of old-time belief and thinking systems (both good and bad). That’s why we have this “down homely, relatable” dummy in leadership now; I personally want a smart, savvy and experienced person who can navigate the cross-cultural landscape and improve international relations, the plethora of domestic situations, and otherwise handle business. May the best white/brown/in-between/man/woman win.
I’ve heard politics defined in America as a struggle to redistribute the wealth and power in America. Therefore, what does it matter if the president is male or female, black or white?
Will the elected official serve the American people by: Developing a free universal health care plan, by not raiding social security funds, by securing better education for inner-city (poor black and Hispanic) children, ending a war that wreaks of good ole’ Yankee imperialism, protecting our environment, taking care of our elderly and putting an end to the proliferation of drugs in our communities?
Or, will the “President” continue to serve the special interest groups which only serve the interest of the wealthy in America?
It is my understanding that the current president was not elected for his first term, let alone a second. In layman’s terms, you steal the election by rigging votes in the state where your brother is the governor and no one goes to jail. You attack a sovereign nation without provocation using terrorism as a smoke screen and weapons of mass destruction as a veil. All the while this nation has become a third rate economic country with only an over-burdened military as its claim to fame.
So I ask you, does it matter if our next “elected President” is male or female or black or white when we have forces such as these at work?
Don’t believe the hype. Stop majoring in minors and major in majors. It was once Bobby and Whitney, Monica Lewinsky, Anna Nicole Smith and now are we ready for a woman or African American President.
I’m for anyone who can stop the madness. Focus on what the real issues are.
We can start by putting our trust in the very God (as you understand him/her to be) we have removed from our classrooms, are trying to remove from our constitution and our money. Not politicians.
You are right in that the real issue should be whether the elected president will serve the interests of the American people. That being said, not all American people are upper-middle class white males; and so, when you have diversity, you can look up to those role models and learn from those whose experiences, beliefs and perspectives are different from your own. I’d never vote for anyone based solely on his/her race/gender. But we must remember that diversity represents who we are as American people. Anyway, I have a feeling that most of America is still not ready for a black or a woman president.
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