The new American power couple
Sixteen months have passed since we first stood together on the steps of the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois. Thousands of miles have been traveled. Millions of voices have been heard. And because of what you said – because you decided that change must come to Washington; because you believed that this year must be different than all the rest; because you chose to listen not to your doubts or your fears but to your greatest hopes and highest aspirations, tonight we mark the end of one historic journey with the beginning of another – a journey that will bring a new and better day to America. Tonight, I can stand before you and say that I will be the Democratic nominee for President of the United States.
What a night for America! What a night for Black folks! We are all one step closer to seeing a Black man in the White House. Of course, there’s a long road ahead. But, like many of you, I savored the moment with my family and pointed out to my son how important this moment is: In our lifetimes, we’ve finally seen an African American man win the presidential nomination of a major political party. Now, to be factually correct, I should note that he is the "presumptive nominee" until it is ratified at the Democratic convention in August.
Be that as it may, the significance for my son, my family, for Black folks, for America should not be downplayed. Truly, we’re on the verge of being able to tell Black children that they can, in fact, be anything they want to be. And if that doesn’t help with the evolution of the Black imagination, I’m not sure what will.
(An aside: Did you catch how he and Michelle gave each other a pound before he spoke? They are so fuckin’ dope!)
Like I said over a year ago: Barack Obama is Black rock.