The experience of witnessing the first black President in the history of the United States has indeed been a wonderment to behold. As it turned out, the grand old white establishment revealed itself to be petty, obstructionist, vindictive, and incompetent. History will remember them as such, to the extent history will remember them at all.
Obama's election did show that millions of whites were more than willing to punch the ticket for an African-American for the world's most powerful political post. King would almost certainly glow with approval at that. But there are a couple of troubling caveats that mar America's great racial leap forward.