The Magical Negro Falls to Earth

But victory for Obama in 2012 would signify more racial progress than it did in 2008

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President Barack Obama waves upon his return at the White House in Washington, DC, on Sept. 25, 2012.

If President Obama had to run against Senator Obama of 2008, he’d probably be crushed. Back then, Obama seemed superhuman; today he is merely mortal. His victory in 2008 was historic, breaking the race barrier in the nation’s highest office. But an Obama victory in 2012 would say something even more profound about how far our country has come.

Granted, Obama’s election (or not) is merely one of many factors that will tell us where we are on race in America. But it is a big one. In 2008, Obama had to overcome racial bias that a recent study by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, a Harvard Ph.D. candidate in economics, suggests may have cost him as many as 3 to 5 percentage points in the election.

Obama had to be extraordinary, which reminds me of something my mother told me when I was a boy: that being black meant I had to be twice as good to get ahead. Obama more than just good; in many ways, he was the embodiment of that staple of film and literature, the magical Negro.

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The magical Negro is a character full of knowledge and wisdom, sometimes with supernatural powers, whose job is to help a white protagonist reach his full potential. Jim in Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn is the classic example. More recently, there were Will Smith in The Legend of Bagger Vance, Michael Clarke Duncan in The Green Mile and Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus in The Matrix, who offers Keanu Reeves’ Neo a red pill that will change his life.

In 2008, Obama was Morpheus and America was Neo, a nation of great potential that had lost its mojo and did not understand reality. Obama offered America the red pill — the chance to vote for him — and we swallowed it. In The Matrix, the red pill took effect immediately, and it wasn’t long before Neo revealed himself to be the One — the Jesus-like figure Morpheus had thought he was. In the real world, change happens much more slowly. When Obama took office, it felt as if the sky were falling and we were close to a depression. We avoided that fate. But it has been a rough few years marked by problems (not all of his making) that include a historic recession, Washington gridlock, the passage of controversial health care legislation, the failure to close the Guantánamo prison, the Middle East explosion and the rhetorical blunder of “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that,” by which the great orator handed the GOP a gift it could mangle into a slogan. After all that, it’s impossible to view Obama as a superhuman magical-Negro figure anymore.

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Obama has been brought down to earth, and he now admits, as he said in his speech at the Democratic National Convention, invoking the words of Abraham Lincoln, “I have been driven to my knees many times by the overwhelming conviction that I had no place else to go.” Yet despite his failings and mortal humility, Obama remains the favorite to win: he leads 48% to 45% in the latest Gallup poll and 48.9% to 44.9% in the Real Clear Politics average of polls.

All incumbents have natural advantages, but for Obama, incumbency is a double-edged sword. Given the super-human expectations placed on him when he took office, it’s not surprising that he has disappointed some of his followers.

So those poll numbers suggest something very interesting about this country in terms of racial progress. They show American voters embracing a non-magical black man. The magical Negro concept arose from a need to rectify supposed black inferiority with the undeniability of black wisdom by suggesting that wisdom is so alien that its origins cannot be explained by normal scientific methods.

While some may think it complimentary to be considered “magical,” it is infantilizing and offensive because it suggests black excellence is so shocking it can only come from a source that is supernatural. To accept a black leader who is extraordinary yet so human that he cannot be magical is an entirely different prospect than electing a black superhero. Anyone would vote for a superhero who lived up to my mom’s standard of having to be twice as good. But for it to embrace a nonmagical black person who cannot promise anything but hope, intelligence, sweat and experience, now that comes closer to equality. Equality is freedom from having to be twice as good to get ahead.

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347 comments
JasonOKing
JasonOKing

"President Obama's Re-Election Would Signify Racial Progress", yes. But the heading "The Magical Negro Falls to Earth" obviates that racial sensitivity is regressing, and racial ignorance thrives within the TIME Mag's editing staff. #sick #ignorant
 @toure your a real donkey (if you know what I mean) for publishing such garbage.

CrackerBarrel
CrackerBarrel

As a  54yr old white male, grew just south of baltimore, i am part of the white male majority. With a 4yr college degree, I am still part of a pro-obama, pro-democratic, razor thin majority expected to return the president to the white house. his greatest failure, in my opinion, has been his unwillingness to use his moral authority as a the first non-white president. Hard to call him black, as he is from a mixed race household, hell, his mother was a white anthropologist. My mother was a local prosecutor. He an i had very similar up bringing. I expected the guy to do something about the state of american schools, the school to prison pipeline, the drug war, the healthcare problem, fossil fuel dependence, political corruption, war on muslims, police corruption and racial bias, and the ridiculous tax code. What i expected him to do, if not fix all of that, was to TALK about these problems. The Scandinavian countries have worked out these problems. I hope and pray the guy is reelected. But he has been almost as great a dissappointment to me as were the carter and the clintons. He has only continued the Bush administration's the unjust, undemocratic, illegal projection of American military power overseas and federal police power at home. Viciously prosecutes leaks and whistle blowers, deported more immigrants than any president in history. Honestly, if I had a choice, I give his wife a shot at the office, before I would send any of the current candidates, including the Green and Justice party candidates. 

gronkinator
gronkinator

Just for the record, Will Smith was the original choice for Neo in the Matrix; he turned down the lead in order to do Wild Wild West.  It was not scripted with the same character roles that you claim it shows, so it is a bad example to use to illustrate your point.

diablo135
diablo135

So did I get the gist of this article correct? Vote for Obama this time to smooth race relations and that he failed becuase he was thought of as too good?

Mburn135
Mburn135

This article is directly aimed at all those guilty white liberals that voted for O in 2008 and that are now thinking of straying off the reservation in 2012 because O turned out the be, you know, kind of lousy as an actual president.

New flash for you Toure.  You are not "twice as good."  So how do you explain having gotten ahead?

Jazz King
Jazz King

0bama's race is not relevant except to other blacks like Toure.

0bama's policies have "fundamentally transformed the U.S." into decadence and depression, yet all the narcissistic Toure can see is his own skin shade.  How sad.  For all of us.

Altold
Altold

Head or tail, Obama will win!

davecross
davecross

You would never concede that the super-human expectations placed on him were of his own doing.  He is the one that promised to clean the air, stop the seas from rising, cure the financial crisis in one year.  The only prediction he made that will come true is that, if he couldn't fix the economy in three years, he would be a one term president.

gopresbarack
gopresbarack

I don't care if you are black. This is racist and disgusting. And for the record, I'm white and female.

lawoman32
lawoman32

Romney's going in flames because an elitist venture capitalist robber baron who has never had to work a real job in his life and neither has his spoiled, over privileged, out-of-touch wife.  They haven't a clue as to how most of us work and struggle because they've existed in a bubble of privilege all of their lives.  Mitt evaded service in Vietnam by pedaling around France trying to gull the French into converting to his cult like religion.  Yet, as a student, he appeared in demonstrations favoring the war.  The man's a fraud and a charlatan.  Thank God we are going to be spared having this dreadful couple occupying the White House.

James O Brien
James O Brien

I think Mitt Romney is the worst opposition candidate republicans could find. Seriously, he's handing it to Obama at a time when unemployment is stagnant and debt is at an all time high. All Obama has to do is say "If I'm not re-elected, this guy will be your president". I'm saying this yet I'm an Obama supporter, the republicans should be ashamed at the state of the candidate they chose.

lawoman32
lawoman32

Obama has been very competent and if it weren't for the obstructionist Congress, we'd have an American Jobs Act and unemployment would be plummeting.  I'm one of the many whites who strongly favors the President, and it has nothing to do with race.   He favors fairness, has passed the first real healthcare reform against daunting odds, and has done away with more terrorist leaders than Bush and Cheney ever dreamt of doing.  He will also appoint judges who will not be Corporate shills.  Also, he'll uphold a woman's right to reproductive choice.  He will be reelected.

danbfas
danbfas

Toure claims Obama had to be "extraordinary" in 2008 because he's black. I say it's just the opposite. He was totally ordinary, or worse, when it came to his qualifications for President. In fact, the main reason he WAS elected President is because he's black. If you don't believe me, just go back to the Democrat primary campaign, and imagine Obama as "just another white guy".  Yep, Hillary Clinton would be President right now.

Sean Cash
Sean Cash

You are right .. electing obama means more debt, more  unemployent, more food stamps, more  riots in the mid east....and more despair...

superpanman
superpanman

Perhaps anyone elected to just one term isn't legitimately elected, or is that only the case when it is a person of color, or perhaps a woman? Maybe, just maybe, the day will come when anyone who achieves anything in life doesn't get that achievement attached to race, color or religious belief. Or maybe most of us have already moved past that and these are just old, tired ideas that keep getting paraded out in hopes of keeping them alive. My advice to you, Mr. Toure,  is that you bury these old ideas and move forward with the rest of us. Perhaps when you take off the "race glasses" you will see a world that has already moved beyond those old ideas. We will never be entirely free of racists and bigots, but making out that they hold that much sway in this country today is incorrect at best, and only allows them to gain ground.

superpanman
superpanman

I guess that means that Native Americans, Hispanics, Asians and women will all have to have their "magical" equivalents in the oval office for at least one term before we can finally put an end to the idea that the only legitimately elected minority is one that makes it to a second term.

stevchipmunk
stevchipmunk

It is amazing that Toure can get away with this shrap.  But he, too, is a Magical Negro, so he gets to pass Go and collect a red pill AND a get-away-with-saying-anything card.  The fact is, I'm going to vote for Obama again, not because he a Magical Negro, but because Romney is just too scary.

Let's face it:  America is in deep crisis.  People are hurting, and things are getting worse.   Obama pulled the economy back from the edge and prevented it from falling into the Great Abyss of the Second Great Depression.  But he wasn't bold enough, and didn't do enough, so the economy is slowing tanking.  And America is increasingly burdened by a heavier and heavier load of debt, which is choking and strangling us. 

True, as during the Great Depression, it's not so bad if you have a job.  But over 15% of Americans are unemployed or underemployed.  And a whole generation of our young high school and college graduates face a blighted future because most can't find a meaningful job after graduation.

By rights, this election should be a shoo-in for Romney.  All he has to do is smile a lot, look Presidential, and avoid saying anything stupid to piss off any Independents.  But, inexplicably, Romney is going around saying all kinds of stupid things... and blowing it.

Obama has been an adequate President -- but only just adequate.  Four more years of Obama shouldn't -- and doesn't -- sound interesting.  But I'm going to vote for Obama, because Romney is scary.  I'm not going to vote for Obama because he is a Magical Negro.  He's not.

Sardonic_Soul
Sardonic_Soul

"We" swallowed it, all right.  But it wasn't "red" and it wasn't a "pill."   I think history will place Obama among the Giants.  Millard Fillmore.   Warren G. Harding.  Saint Jimmy the Carter.   I don't know what was IN what we swallowed, but I suspect it's both lethal, and from the looks of the election, addictive.  I hope we recover our collective sense in time!  But ... doesn't look to hopeful.  

Dan Pieniak
Dan Pieniak

Are they replacing "Negro" for the real "N" word they would like to use :-) And Obama is not pure "Negro".... just a mix of white ansd black!

Muhammad Khizir Farooqi
Muhammad Khizir Farooqi

Peoples voted for Obama in 2008  as he promised fora big change in his internal amp; external policies. This time they would vote for him as he did not fulfilled his promise.

1_Not_much_Hope_1
1_Not_much_Hope_1

 If we think electing or reelecting a black man - a president of the greatest nation on earth,  is an indicator of racial equality and progress - think again. Even today if more than a few houses are on sale for more than a year, people living in the neighborhood, do not hesitate to comment - "houses are not selling because too many blacks have moved into this neighborhood".  Such sentiments are pervasive in small towns and  major cities even today.

screaminjay
screaminjay

Don't worry, 100% of black people will vote for him.

BarryBarry
BarryBarry

I suppose if I call Touré (what, is he some kind of artist..just one name?) a moron, that would make me racist?

You should all vote for Romney to prove you are not a Religious Bigot.

MarksTwoCents
MarksTwoCents

Folks voted for Obama in 2008 to prove they weren't racists. In 2012 they'll vote for Romney to prove they aren't idiots.

MarksTwoCents
MarksTwoCents

This Toure' character is the lowest of the low. Toure', you have no idea how many people in middle America are pissed and fed up with being called "raaacciiist" by liars like you. Keep beating this drum (ooooooh, was that code for TRIBAL????). Only in the Propaganda media could this anti-American moron get a job. FU.

LibertyDwells
LibertyDwells

Quite entertaining, reading the Obama apologists efforts o Spin his failures, play the race card and blame Bush.  All while avoiding any issues or blatantly lying.  Leftism is, truly, a mental disease.

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yahoo-OWYUUZLH5XBS2FN2QTCUAUOYPY

As bad as Bush II was, Obama is far worse. If historians are forthright at some point, they will reveal Ø for the fraud he was.

I firmly believe that Obama cannot win a fair election. Unfortunately for the country, Obama's sycophants, being myopic and apparently obtuse, have fully accepted the myth of his superiority and  will vote for him as many times as possible. God help us if they prevail.

scp2
scp2

Actually, Toure is being consistent:  after all, he still has a job despite being incompetent, so why shouldn't Obama?

scp2
scp2

Translation:  Obama hasn't delivered the way he promised he would, and if don't forgive him and reelect him in spite of it, you're racist.

Frankly, I would prefer an America that has moved beyond Toure's obnoxious and racist thinking and would treat Obama like any white politician in a similar situation (Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush come to mind).

mcjenny
mcjenny

 Yes so true, because you are only not

racist if you re-hire an incompetent Black man. oh wait, but if you hire

an incompetent man just because he is black, doesn't THAT make you

racist?Read more: http://newsbusters.org/#ixzz27...

dmacleo
dmacleo

someone actually gets paid to write this.

SenatorSting
SenatorSting

The democrats cannot afford an end to "racism." Their political strategy depends on it. That's why their solutions to address "racism" really only aggravates it. The reason "racism" is on the rise as actually only the perception of real racists like Toure who can only see race in people and no individual qualities. They imagine a racist boogeyman around each corner and is the cause of all opposition to Obama and his ilk. The good thing is that people are starting to wake up and not care if the democrats call people with differing views racist.

bob_stemple
bob_stemple

I disagree, if you are talking about race at all then this county is in the same boat it was in during the 2008 race. We have made no progress what so ever.  We have blacks voting for the man just because of his color, which seems funny to me since the blacks are the ones that are hurt the most by his policies. The premise that he if elected will show that we are beyond racism is totally bogus and anyone who is honest with their selves and the rest of us would point this out. Instead you talk about how far we have come in an attempt to make those of us that vote for a person on his record and actions feel that we are racist when in fact that is not on our mind until you write an article bringing it to the forefront of the discussion. You sir are the racist since you and your collages continue to bring the race card into the discussion!

Palladia
Palladia

Okay, so he's three or four times as good.  But the point is, he's a better shoice than Romney.

Ziv Bnd
Ziv Bnd

 It is becoming more and more obvious that Obama is an empty suit. The man has done nothing but make everything worse. Obama would be a part time lecturer at some small town community college if it wasn't for his gift of gab. And now, all of America is paying for the fact that he doesn't know how to help America prosper. It took Reagan around 24 months to rebuild America after he was elected, and the American economy in November of 1980 was looking very weak, not nearly as bad as November of 2008, but close. Obama has had 45 months to Reagan's 24 months, and yet America is still looking at 7.8% unemployment, or around 14.5% unemployment on the more accurate U-6 rate.

This is Obama's recovery. What is his recession going to be like? Given Obama's anti-business decrees, it will probably be worse than we can imagine. And I imagine that is a large part of why 'Smirkin' Joe Biden' looked so manic depressive the other night. He knows his boss is a loser, and he can't do anything to stop the train wreck.

danbfas
danbfas

 Uh-huh. Obstructionist Congress. Do I really have to tell you his first two years were with a fully Democrat Congress? Why do you think the Dems were "shellacked" in the 2010 mid-terms? To STOP the runaway Obama agenda! Thank God it worked. Fairness? According to who's definition? Define "fair" for me. He is the most purposefully divisive President in my lifetime, and I'm 51 years old. One more question...who's going to take away a woman's reproductive choice?  I mean, really? Huge lib talking point with no factual basis. Reagan, Bush and Bush 2 all had times during their administration when they had a fully Republican Congress...did they take away abortion rights? It'll never happen. Decades old talking points from someone who obviously believes whatever the Dems tell him.

lawoman32
lawoman32

Based on no evidence whatsoever.  The Republican Party is horrified of the emerging demographics that will make them the Know-Nothing Party of the 21st Century.

Palladia
Palladia

Things look very hopeful to me for an Obama victory.  Sorry about your position. 

I also suspect that history will judge President Obama very differently than you do.

Palladia
Palladia

I don't have to prove I'm not an idiot, because I'm not one.

So I, (and very probably a majority of Americans, who are also not idiots) will happily vote for President Obama.

Palladia
Palladia

I will be voting once, and presumably everyone else will, too.  But there are a LOT of us voting once.

Too bad for you.  But, hey, you can certainly TRY to vote more than once.  See how far you get.

18235
18235

you only get paid to write such crap if you're black...time magazine and this black writer would never allow a white writer to use the term "magical negro"

Palladia
Palladia

Until recently, blacks and whites both voted for whites men.  Why was that? 

Oh, because that was what was running.  Now all those times, were the whites racist?  Maybe, maybe not, but they were voting for white men.

gronkinator
gronkinator

@Ziv Bnd We also weren't in the middle of 2 wars in 1980.  Military spending is a huuuuuge burden to the economy.  Not an unnecessary one, but a burden none the less.The fact of the matter is, they both suck.  Obama has done so awfully that the republican party could have nominated a tire iron for president and people would have voted for it.  And apparently they have found the worst person they can for the job, in terms of his platform, electability, character, and values.  The whole thing sucks.  Romney isn't going to help the middle class, and Obama might bankrupt the government.

lawoman32
lawoman32

 The economy is gradually improving and I will oppose any attempt to hand it over to the Corporate Robber Baron who has made millions of dollars in exporting American jobs.

lawoman32
lawoman32

 You ignore the fact that the modern bunch of tea-pugs are much more radical much more determined to erode women's rights.  Women will reelect Obama by a wide margin.  Thank God, we'll be spared Thurston Howell Romney and his radical side-kick who supports the "personhood" bill.

bob_stemple
bob_stemple

I just don't get your point? As for recently? What do you mean by recently? This last election? This lifetime?

My point is I will not vote for an idiot no mater what color his skin, but I see a majority of blacks do not care if they are voting for an idiot all they care about is the color of his skin. So in my book they are the racist, no if's and's or but's about it!

gronkinator
gronkinator

Let me rephrase that; Romney will be the champion of millionaires like himself, while claiming that the effects of his policies will "trickle down".  At the same time, he is promising to increase military spending, when it is already at an unsustainable level and we outspend every other nation on the planet 10 times over.

Palladia
Palladia

"Hang with tinkerbell?"  Nah, there's too much work to do to play with fairies.

This is one of the reasons why I have no time for Romney: he thinks he can make statements and never have to back them up: that that statement, in and of itself, makes reality.  If, of course, one just "believes" hard enough.  I'll stick with the President who has experience on a national and international level, thank you.

And, it's not really luck in my endeavors: just like anything else, it's 90% perspiration.

bob_stemple
bob_stemple

It sounds like you hang with tinkerbell. Good luck, in all your endeavors. As for the stewardship of the Prez, well that is just as Joe put it malarky!

Palladia
Palladia

You will surely be pleased to know that I've been running a farm for four decades, I do, indeed, garden, can raise livestock; deer, turkeys and small game abound here.  I also know how to can the produce from my garden, make jerky and other dehydrated footstuffs, sew, and, baby, I'm just a regular homesteader.  Oh, and I have horses, should that need for transportation arise.  I'm sitting on a chunk of Marcellus shale, with a shallow gas well which provides me with free gas, and an aquifer which has been so far inexhaustible.  Life is good.

I do this, not because I anticipate any problems if President Obama is re-elected - after all, things are getting better rather than worse under his stewardship - but on general principles.  It's a satisfying way to live.

bob_stemple
bob_stemple

Good luck with your life if he is re elected! I hope that you know how to grow your own food, hunt and even do a little doctoring on your own while the Prez and his cronies live high on the hog on you money so that we can make everything equal for the rest of the world.

Me, I have been growing a garden for years, as well as hunt for my own meat. So if he takes everything so that we can make everything equal for everyone except elected officials I will do fine.

Palladia
Palladia

Perhaps your "book" needs a good editor.  Again, nobody has ever said that Obama is "the smartest man in the world." 

He is, however, the President of the United States, and I expect him to be re-elected.

Congress removed some $300 million from the executive branch's request for embassy and consulate security.  That is their prerogative; but then it's a bit unreasonable to complain when things go south at a consulate. 

As for what, precisely, happened in Benghazi, probably information cam in piecemeal, and shiftingly (as these things often do) and the information passed on to the American people reflected that.

The cons want to pait everything black, because they're willing to say anything to get elected.  "Anything," however, isn't always a good idea. 

Good luck with that "book."

bob_stemple
bob_stemple

For year we have been told that by the liberal media that Prez Obama is the smaertest person in the room. In my book if he is the smartest man in the room at all times he must be the smartest man in the world.

Being a conservativce, I have never bought into this nonsense. Lets look at his declaration of visiting 57 states with one to go. I know the media said he was tired. He referd to the Austrian language. He had a problem telling the differance Maldives from Malvinas. In my book he is as bright as a burnt out bulb. I can go on, but I'm not going to at this point.

I belive that Prez Obama almost breaks his own arm patting his self on the back, with such statements like I'm a better speech writer than my speech writer. I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. A smart person would hire a speech writer and policy director smarter then he so that they can make him look smart if nothing else.

As for Benghazi attack, well I didn't have all the intel the Prez is privi to, but just shooting from my hip I knew it had nothing to do with a video that 5 people may have seen in the the Benghazi area of the world. Take the day that event happened 911, that gives you a hint. More security was asked for and refused. Yes this is just coming out, but still the Prez kept sticking to a story that only the lib would believe until the news media couldn't cover it up any more.

Palladia
Palladia

I have never heard anybody (except those who wish to mock him) say that President Obama was "the smartest man in the world.)  He's very bright, but not "the smartest man in the world."  This is like accusing people who back President Obama of thinking he is a "messiah," of somesuch nonsense.

When the embassy in Behgnazi was attacked, the information was difficult to interpret.  At first, it looked one way, and as things were clarified, it seemed to be different.  This isn't all that unusial a situation in such things.  During 9-11, there was a period when nobody knew exactly what had happened; it took a while to be pieced together.

It's not that anyone is "lying," but that the entire story isn't really known (or perhaps knowable) in the time frame that existed.

Now, that said, how do you account for Mr. Romney's rather changeable statements of his own positions on various things, which are not happening thousands of miles away, but within the confines of his own skull, to which he is presumably privy?

Palladia
Palladia

"it seems to be very important to you that we have finally had a chance to vote for a person of color. . ." and we did so vote, and he was elected.

He was elected not because his color was important to me, but because in the year that he ran, he gathered the most votes.  I didn't vote for President Obama because of his color, but because I preferred him to John McCain.

In this election everyone may, of course, vote on whatever basis he/she chooses.  I will once again vote for President Obama because I think that, once again, he is preferable to his opponent.

You don't think so.  Okay, I am fine with that, but what I was pointing out in my previous post was simply that President Obama's candidacy was really the first time there was someone in a position to win the office who wasn't a white man.  That was nice, for a change.  And all those previous years, black people, white people, male and female voted for white men, and nobody seemed to consider that to be "racist," (or "sexist, fopr that matter) although it was, in fact, de facto.<\I>  It was so taken for granted that it wasn't labeled as such, but it was.  It was merely the way things were.  Well, they're not that way any more.

bob_stemple
bob_stemple

My point on the issue of color is it seems to be very important to you that we have finally had a chance to vote for a person of color. It doesn't matter if that person is the best man for the job just that he is of color. Well that in itself is a racist comment. I want the best man/woman for the job no matter what color his/her skin may be. In my humble opinion Barack Hussein Obama is not that man.

bob_stemple
bob_stemple

I will admit that idiot is a strong word, but you take a man who the news media has been telling us all along is the smartest man in the world and that man stands up in front of the whole country and tells us that a country with maybe 5 internet users, has stormed one of our embassies due to a youtube video and killed our people, well you pick the descriptive word. Then to add insult to injury, he/they continue to repeat the lie hoping that if it is repeated enough it will become the truth. Again, you pick the descriptive word.

In my book, you try to play me for an idiot, I can only use the term to describe you.

Palladia
Palladia

My point is that until recently, any voter who voted in a presidential election was going to be voting for a white man, because that's what was on the ballot.

 So everyone, black, white, male, female, was voting for one white man or another.  And apparently nobody found that at all strange.  President Obama was elected by people of both genders, and any color. 

Nobody running for President this year is an "idiot."  Some voters, however, may qualify if they think a candidate is.