January 24th, 2009
12:30 PM ET
8 months ago

Will Obama have to be better because he's black?

President Obama strides into history as the nation's first black president.
President Obama strides into history as the nation's first black president.

(CNN) - Just days before he was sworn in, President Obama was giving his daughters a tour of the Lincoln Memorial when one of them pointed to a copy of Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address carved into the wall.

Obama's 7-year-old daughter, Sasha, told her father that Lincoln's speech was really long. Would he have to give a speech as long? Obama's answer was completed by his older daughter, 10-year-old Malia.

"I said, 'Actually, that one is pretty short. Mine may even be a little longer,' " Obama told CNN recently. "At which point, Malia turns to me and says, 'First African-American president, better be good.' "

The story is light-hearted, but it touches on a delicate question: Will people hold Obama to a different standard because he is the first African-American president?

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soundoff (181 Responses)
  1. weredoomed

    no.

    he is the most inexperienced, left leaning, empty suit this country has EVER elected.....regardless of color.

    his policies are detremental to the US.

    January 24, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  2. Aaron from Ohio

    Obama will be held to a higher standard. Luckily, he is following a president who had no standards. Bush has the bar set so low that Obama should be able to step over it without breaking stride. By following such an inept president, if Obama is even mediocre, he's going to look like a genius.

    January 24, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  3. Donald in CA

    Definitely. Black men have always had to be better to hold a equal position as a white man. If Obama performed the same as George Bush he would be crucified. But according to the right wing Bush was a great president.

    January 24, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  4. DAle

    Yes he will, the counties is to PC not too let it happen.

    January 24, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  5. Dale

    Correction, Yes he will, this country is too PC not to let in happen.

    January 24, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  6. SF Serg

    Only the racist, Bush-loving Republicans will hold Obama to a higher standard because of his race. Even when President Obama cleans Bush's mess and turns the country around, they will not look at the President beyond the color of his skin. That's okay, there's plenty of us that love you Mr. President.

    January 24, 2009 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
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