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            ImageIn the past national election campaign for presidency, race played a huge factor in the elections. Considering that up until 2008 we never had an African American president, we ended up declaring Barack Obama as our first African American president. This was a memorable event that occurred in American history that everyone will remember. However, race has played a huge part in the elections as both negative and positive to his image, which Senator Barack Obama addressed it in his campaign speech.

For example, Senator Obama stated “I chose to run for the presidency at this moment in history because I believe deeply we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together-unless we perfect our union by understanding that we may have different, but we hold common hopes…”  Senator Barack Obama decided to run for president because he wanted his fellow brothers and sisters to be helped in every situation possible. He had hope for the nation and wanted to show how much African Americans have come along since the time we were here for slavery.

 However, running for presidency also took its toll when it comes from other races and also from the fellow brothers and sister. An example of this was that “At various stages in the campaign, some commentators have deemed me either “too black” or “not black enough” People of other nationalities labeled Senator Obama as “too black,” which could have the meaning that he was not going to take the job as president seriously to help the people of America. Yet, all he wanted to do was to restore equality between everyone. Because of this he ended up being labeled as “not black enough” by the fellow African American people. This could be taken as if he had forgotten where he came from and what his roots are of being part of a nationality that was once enslaved.

Even though he was running for presidency, this did not mean he forgot who he really was.  Senator Obama stated, “I’ve gone to the best schools in America and lived in one of the worlds poorest nations. I am married to a black American who carries within her the blood of slaves and slave-owners-an inheritance we pass on to our tow precious daughters” Even though Senator Barack Obama went to the best schools and obtained better education, he did not forget where he came from and what his ancestral history was. He did not forget that African Americans have been through so much that to this day, there is still racism between people of all color. This is the reason why he ran for presidency, to make a change and to make a better future.

Race is a factor in the election because it will become a huge change in American history. “We can pounce on some gaffe by a Hillary supporter as evidence that she’s playing the race card, or we can speculate on whether white men will all flock on John McCain in the general election regardless of his policies. We can do that. But if we do, I can tell you that in the next election, we’ll be talking about some other distraction. And then another one. Another then another one. And nothing will change”. As we can see, race is something that should not be an issue when it comes to presidency. There are many people that I know who vote for Obama because he was African American. But the fact that he is African American should not be the only reason to vote for him. Instead the main thing we, as the people, should be looking at is if the person we elect as president can actually commit and do the things they promised. Presidency should not be a popularity contest or a race on who is the better nationality, it should be about electing someone who will get the job done and run our nation the best they can.