If there’s anything that the candidacy of Barack Obama proved, it’s that America isn’t “post-race,” Frank Rich writes in the New York Times. White liberals in politics and the news media trip have gotten him consistently wrong, Rich writes, in trying to compare him with Sidney Poitier’s suave intellectual in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.
“When Joe Biden spoke of Obama being ‘clean’ and ‘articulate,’ he might have been recycling Spencer Tracy’s lines of 41 years ago,” Rich observes. “After 20 months, we’re still getting used to Obama and trying to read his sometimes ambiguous takes on economic and foreign affairs. For most Americans, it seems as if Obama first came to dinner only yesterday.”