But perhaps Obama’s greatest challenge will not be overseas or the
economy at home: it will be meeting the stratospheric expectations of
his base supporters — especially African Americans.
I suppose I got caught up in the emotion of the night due almost
exclusively to the genuine and copious tears of black Americans. The
ones I spoke to and interviewed were nearly speechless with joy. With a
start, I realized something that had escaped me all these long months
of writing and thinking about this race. For many African-Americans,
this election was a spiritual event, something that transcended the
corporeal and brought to mind ancestral yearnings and desires for
Sort of frightening if you really think about it. Obama is just a man, no more, no less. He's now the President, but really, does the President have much of anything to do with your day-to-day life? Really? Setting him up as some sort of Messiah is a sure recipe for disappointment.