THE PLANK FEBRUARY 16, 2008
For those questioning Barack Obama's appeal to women voters, or his prioritization of "women's issues,"
from health to abuse to choice, I think it's wise to note that despite the dreams from his father, Obama's
domestic existence has been dominated by females since birth--in every
direction. A single mother raised him, and he, in turn is raising two
young girls. Horizontally, of course there is Michelle (whose role as a 'strong
woman' compass is getting quite the airing this week) and his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, a teacher in Hawaii.
only does the segment contain a treasure trove of humanizing moments,
the family photos (especially @ 1:44) are a jaw-dropping reminder that
the "post-racial thing" is not just some screwball,
so-crazy-it-might-work proposition for America's politics, but an
indigenous outcropping of Obama's personal life.