I am astonished to see this kind of intellectual garbage appearing here.
Do you recall W. pontificating, "If yer not fer us, yer wi' da terrists!" and a majority of his followers screaming, "If you don't support the war you're unpatriotic!"???
How soon we forget. Bush got a pass and countless waves of the flag for US state terrorism in Iraq. Yes, there are many Americans who won't wave that same flag for an African-American president, and of that number many do in fact name his race (which, by the way, is mixed--like all the rest of us) as a factor. The fact that there is "no such thing as a pure racial strain" (Bruce Cockburn, Canadian singer-songwriter-guitarist) should give us Americans even more pause to rethink our analyses--cereberally, and not anally.