You have to understand, one of the main reasons I watched the TV series 24
was because of Dennis Haysbert portraying an African American seeking the American presidency -- in a campaign that's his to lose. I believed that Haysbert would be the only African American US President I'd ever see in my lifetime, even though (or perhaps especially because) he was fictional. Further, whenever one of Haysbert's Allstate Insurance TV commercials would come on, I'd gasp in exaggerated hushed tones, "Oh--the President!"
The only other time I'd seen a reference to an African American President was in the very little-remembered 1980s comic book title, Thriller
And so tonight, watching Barack Hussen Obama win the election to become the 44th President of the United States of America is purely amazing, just amazing.
I just do wish that my brother Aaron
had lived to see it.