That may explain the odd statement made to me by Africans: They have told their sons that they can grow up to be like Barack Obama. I say odd because in Africa, of course a black child can grow up to be the president of his (or her) country. This statement can therefore only mean, Look, my son, we Africans, we blacks, can now do anything.
In its remarkably positive impact on blacks around the world, the Obama election has indeed been a blessing. It is also good for Americas image -- it marks the end of the routinely (and unfairly) made charge that America is a racist society.
But these blessings notwithstanding, there is one other fascinating question to be pondered: What, if any, will the relationship be between President Obamas policies and these two benefits? In other words, will blacks around the world continue to celebrate the ascendancy of a black man to the presidency of the United States of America even if he largely governs as mainstream white presidents did? And will Americas image continue to benefit from the election of a black man even if his foreign policy decisions are quite similar to his white predecessors? Or is the world more interested in America moving left in its foreign policy than in the color of its president?
In the meantime, it is fun being an American in Africa. Even when I admit -- which admittedly I only do when directly asked -- that I voted for the other guy, I get a big smile. Just for being an American at this moment in time.
We shall see if it matters in the long run. Im not sure it will.
Dennis Prager is a SRN radio show host, contributing columnist for Townhall.com and author of his newest book, “The Ten Commandments: Still the Best Moral Code.”
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