02/20/2007 03:06 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The 'A' Word

My screenwriting services being woefully out of demand of late, I've found myself, alas, forced into temp work for the first time in a decade, just to achieve a bit of cash flow. This probably makes me the only temp worker currently contributing to the Huffington Post. (Okay, me and Nora Ephron.)

I also find myself, for possibly the first time in my life, working in a department where I am the sole white guy. Most of my co-workers are black -- I haven't polled them for the precise arrival dates and country of origin of their ancestors, so I'm not 100% certain that "African-American" is the proper term for all of them, but I think even such enlightened colorblind racial scholars as Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck would feel comfortable describing them as "black".

As the group were discussing Barack Obama's fundraising trip to Los Angeles today, the black woman seated at the desk next to me spoke excitedly about how inspiring she found Obama as a speaker and went so far as to describe him as "articulate".

In this post-Biden environment, I trust this means that my temping colleague is now disqualified from the presidency. Because using that adjective is clear evidence that this black woman is a closet racist, right? It couldn't be that she was simply describing Obama accurately.

Lord knows, nobody has ever used that particular "A" word to refer to our current president.