What a 5-year-old’s request says about Obama’s race role
Enduring image speaks to Obama’s racial significance
One photo of President Obama remains on the wall of the West Wing long after others have been replaced. In it, Obama looks to be bowing to a sharply dressed 5-year-old black boy, his arm raised to touch the president’s hair - to see if it feels like his. As a candidate and as president, Obama has avoided discussing race except in rare instances. Yet the photo is tangible evidence of what polls also show: Obama remains a potent symbol for blacks.