After George W. Bush and the Great Recession, the Americans needed a new face of leadership. Barack Obama was that new face.
Barack Obama held a speech that was part of his 2008 presidential campaign.
The speech was a response to an episode, where Obama’s reverend Jeremiah Wright made some controversial comments about white Americans.
Race issues were at an all-time high and Jeremiah Wrights’ comments made it blow up more.
Therefore, he had to make sure that the people of America trusted his character.
Race relations were a discussed topic at this time, as Obama was the first black candidate in the 21st century, “This is not to say that race has not been an issue in the campaign.
At various stages in the campaign, some commentators have deemed me either “too black” or “not black enough.” (ll. 48-49)