If, as is abundantly likely, Barack wins on Nov. 4, the world will await his Inauguration Address on January 20. However, I'm not looking forward to his speech, so much as his official swearing in, which will constitute the first interesting challenge of his Presidency. The challenge being, will Obama say, "I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States." Expect a few ears to bleed. And if they do bleed, it's partly his campaign's fault.
Cinque Henderson, who recently offered the black case for Obama skepticism, weighs in on tonight's events. During Barack's victory speech, I got a snarky email from a friend who, like me, supported Hillary. She was annoyed at his sudden gracious embrace of Hillary. At the same time, I was on the phone with two black friends and I couldn't help feeling what they felt: real happiness and racial pride to see him there.