“Colin Powell warned that we didn't elect "superman" as though the expectation of supernatural events stemming from a man on earth are dangerous. I prefer your interpretation, we all have the potential to incite supernatural or magical events. The fact that Obama so naturally manifests his supernatural gifts is what makes him compelling and that also makes him destined to succeed at the task he has before him.”
“I see the Obama/Ali parallel that you write about and more: they both were fantastic public speakers; they both made people uncomfortable with "unwestern" names; they both brought finesse and intelligence to arenas known for brutishness; and they both brought shame to their opponents using clever confidence. Hmmm I wonder if one of Obama's daughters will enter his profession or if Will Smith will play Obama in the movie ...”
“MLK being balanced by MX is a great idea. Unlike a lot of people who make mention to the civil rights icons Davis doesn't say Martin and Malcolm are literally opposites like positive and negative but symbolically balanced like yen and yang. I love the Spitzer idea it would work just like good cop bad cop. I bet that is why Obama works so well with Rahm Emanuel. Spitzer is a better bad cop on the Wall Street beat”
“MLK being balanced by MX is a great idea. Unlike a lot of people who make mention to the civil rights icons Davis doesn't say Martin and Malcolm are literally opposites like positive and negative but symbolically balanced like yen and yang. I love the Spitzer idea it would work just like good cop bad cop. I bet that is why Obama works so well with Rahm Emanuel. Spitzer is a better bad cop on the Wall Street beat.”
“I'm not a sports authority but I can definitely see how team sports is filled with "nonracial" American moments." I guess that is why so many people are attracted to sports, on the field or court race really doesn't matter.
As to djwfutbol's comment about symphony orchestra's being "nonracial" I agree, however the last time I (a black woman) went to the symphony the musicians and audience were overwhelmingly white as were the composers. I love good music no matter who wrote it or who is playing it. But to say that because the performers in sports are predominately of one ethnicity makes cheering them on racial then attending a symphony concert is racial too.”
“I love Barack Obama and I think Professor Davis has been very fair in his grading. Since the course is called Life as a Narrative I wish that this evaluation had included the wonderful way he seems to be with his wife and children. In the bottom half of this post (below) I was referring to pundits like those on Fox News who would have no way of knowing anything about the spiritual context”
“Interesting angle... I agree final grades based on the beginning of the story are invalid. But to paraphrase a popular saying "those who can do, those who can't do give bogus grades on Faux News" I'm a teacher and I could see giving Obama an Incomplete or a Pass or even a narrative assessment like you did. But all this grading stuff (especially those who grade based on false or no context) is about the pundits' need to judge in order to feel superior.”