America’s Next Top President

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CNN received dozens of e-mails shortly after posting the story, which focuses largely on conversations about Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama that a CNN reporter observed at a hair salon in South Carolina whose customers are predominantly African-American.

The story states: “For these women, a unique, and most unexpected dilemma, presents itself: Should they vote their race, or should they vote their gender?”

An e-mailer named Tiffany responded sarcastically: “Duh, I’m a black woman and here I am at the voting booth. Duh, since I’m illiterate I’ll pull down the lever for someone. Hm… Well, he black so I may vote for him… oh wait she a woman I may vote for her… What Ise gon’ do? Oh lordy!”

I too am insulted at the idea that just because I am a person of color and a woman that I should be expected to automatically vote for Obama or Hillary. Why are white men allowed to look at the issues and judge for themselves and the rest of us are expected to take sides grade school style? That is racist and sexist and dumb. That is like if all the stupid people voted for Huckabee (please God let this not happen).

Still, I believe Obama and Hillary the best candidates. I just think overall there are too many people running. It is like a reality show. It’s like “America’s Next Top President.” Why don’t we just let Tyra decide? But then again she’d run into the same problem as Oprah. I hate that people are saying that Oprah is some kind of gender traitor because she is backing Obama. Don’t even talk about Oprah unless you want to fight. I got a brick in my purse so watch it (remember ladies – something heavy inside something light = weapon). I think it is wonderful that Oprah is getting involved in politics. It is brave and exciting and gives me lots of hope for the future.

I think that is what I love about Obama – he represents hope. I would not be voting for him just because I am a person of color. Race has so little to do with it! He is all about change – a new beginning. His youthful optimism appeals to me and his hope for the future enthralls me and these issues transcend race completely. I would be voting for Hillary because she has already been president for 8 years and did an awesome job. So my choice really for the next President is going to be very well thought out; I am between Barack and a familiar face.

Guess what America! People of color and women think! Just like white men! For reals!!!

This entry is cross-posted at The Huffington Post

9 Comments. Add To The Mix…

  1. To make this an IRON-CLAD solid clinch for the presidency, Obama and Clinton need to join forces and have one be the other’s VP. The way the race stands, I can’t decide right now. If they joined, I could FINALLY decide. There’s so much I like about both and it has nothing to do with their race or gender, I agree.

    And all the stupid people WILL PROBABLY vote for Fuckabee, *ahem* Huckabee. That’s what makes this election scary is, that there’s still a chance of another George Bush type in office next year.

    Obama and Clinton… MORPH! Like the Power Rangers, MORPH!!!

  2. I’m seeing more and more people call for a merge between the two. If they both say they want to unite the country, well then they should shut up and put out and unite themselves.

  3. I cannot decide who to vote for. I may let all of you decide and I’ll wait for the big election, where of course I will vote for Clinton or Obama. I just don’t think Obama can/will bring about that much change, after all, he is a politician.

  4. The thing that gets me is that people whose opinions I respect, friends of mine who live across the country, black, white, male, female, asian, gay, straight, middle-eastern, latino, whatever ridiculous generalization you can make–all seem to be coming down on the Obama side of the debate.

    I can’t say that any of my friends–or any celebrities/pundits/writers that I respect–are strongly for Clinton. This of course doesn’t mean that she won’t win, but it is interesting to me that my entire circle of friends/acquaintances/people I’m a fan of are all supporting the same candidate that I am.

    However, I think it’s truly sad that this has descended into race and gender-baiting before we even get into it with whomever the eventual Republican nominee is.

  5. As a Black man, ( who happens to be gay ) I STILL don’t know who Im’ voting for. Obama – who wants to invade Pakistan and Iran ( lest we forget )
    Or Hillary who voted for the Iraq war. ( WTF?! )

    Screw it!


  6. After observing the gross chauvinism towards Hillary Clinton, whom I supported, I’m pretty jaded about my country. Are we too sexist to have women leaders? Hasn’t history proved that when women rule that peace and the arts flourish? (research women rulers such as Queen Elizabeth the first, Hepchepsut and many others. HIStory lies and glorifies war mongers, conquers and killers, while ignoring the contributions made by women and minorities. We now have Obama in office… yea. He achieved what a million, Million Man marches could not and spared us a shameful race war. However, despite his, ” eloquent speaking ability”, he was unable to negotiate our country out of wars and occupations and has increased our debt. We need a president who can find the humor in tragedy. A president who speaks for the common people, and shares our views and values. I’m tired of being hated for being part of a war mongering country or occupier. As a first generation American, a woman (women are not the minority here), a brilliant speaker and someone who has no doubt suffered the chauvinism, homophobia, Annihilist zealots, racism and government supported hatred, (a game of conquer and divide) that IS the American experience. I’m sure that many of us would agree that we need someone who has the guts to speak out against hatred and not continue to back it (no matter how much money is on the table). Someone who represents us and can be a peace maker with other countries. Isn’t that what a leader is for? Margaret Cho is the best choice for our future. Yes, she IS a celebrity, but she is a celebrity whom many find sanity amongst the calamity.


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