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Submitted by lisdel (United States), Apr 7, 2008 at 20:07

You missed my point completely, let me make it more clear. Its not that he is black, or his religion or anything else personal. It is where he lived, his experiences. Pacific Island living is very different from the Americas, or we wouldn't all go vacation there would we? Not living the black experience does not disqualify anyone from running from president, it disqualifies you from talking about it like you lived it.

Using it as a tool to get votes, makes me laugh. How many African Americans are listening to his "plight" about his struggles at HARVARD, are they relating to that, OR that he has the same color skin and tells them what they want to here. I like to listen to his struggles about being half one race and half another, his insights on that are relevant. When I am voting for who is going to run my country shouldn't I be provincial?

Our constitution requires that a President be American born. As a voter I'm not intersted in other countries form of government, I don't want to open my eyes to socialism or what other countries do that work for them. America does just fine, next time there is a world diseaster we will again help out anyone in the world with food and supplies. I have an open mind about a lot of things, how my government is run is completely different.

Our constitution agress with me in that the leader of our country needs to have been born in American, I take it a step further and feel that a leader needs to have lived here, know our citizens, know our complexities, live in our neighborhoods, go to our schools, parks, museums etc... I would be saying the same thing about a white man.

Finaly, Not every comment about a Africian American is because of their color, funny thats what you got out of that. Its funny that an open minded person would bring up color when the provincial person hadn't really thought about his color in her thoughts, or his religion, which the main topic of this article. I could less about those, just who he is, and what made him that way.

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