Asserts the sociology professor and moderate Democratic blogger: "I think that anti-black racism is the original sin of America. I therefore believed four years ago that in electing a black president, American had taken a giant step forward. And in electing a hugely accomplished meritocrat, married to another hugely accomplished meritocrat, who were devoted parents, committed church members, patriotic citizens - in short, just what we usually want our First Family to be - the Obamas made it clear that there were plenty of African-Americans ready and able to take their place in the leading classes of ordinary, bourgeois America. Barack Obama was elected as, among other things, the first black president, and that mattered a great deal. But he will be re-elected (I believe) as just the president, and that matters more."