Let me assure you, Barack is no great mind. I have PERSONALLY known him for years. I have chatted with him on deep topics many times. I've played basketball against and with him many times. And I still see him sorta' regularly when he's in Chicago. He is a very good study and a product of diversity training. My ex is a diversity trainer and we would debate the man regularly. The pitfalls and shortcomings of that posture he assumes are many. His heavy multi-cultural logic prevents many sound and solid foundational postures. PERIOD!! His core belief is that he must take into account as many different positions as possible whenever a decision is needed. The solution can NEVER be narrow and specific as it will alienate some group that already feels left out. The solution never needs to solve the issue, however its implementation must encompasse and embody teamwork. Progress must be slowed so as to allow the defficent to stabilize. And growth must be limited as to not leave the slow to conform behind. There are no high ideas or understandings in his realm of understanding. I can remember several discussions on many topics where he'd make a statement and we'd all say, "What the hell did you just say?" Don't fool yourself into believing that the black community is behind him solidly either. Many of us are openly speaking out. Especially after the debate!