I'll paste in the best quote in this entire forum thread (it's way down at the bottom) because it directly addresses this: "[quote]Obama is not actually black. He is a mixed raced president and only half black[quote]
That is a "no true scotsman" fallacy. With the exception of very few first generation immigrants from Africa (most of them would not even qualify), there are no blacks in the US according to your definition. DNA tests of the African-American population have found that virtually all of them have European ancestry among their parentage. I have even seen examples of people who had no idea they had any European ancestors, only to find that they are technically more than 50% European by descent. This is due to a number of factors in the African-American experience, including the raping of African slaves by white slave owners, and the resulting children.
The worse fallacy is to ignore the reality of the American experience for non-whites. The reality is that no one stops to ask you what percentage of your ancestors were white. No one stops to ask you if you have a white parent. If your skin is at all darker, you are treated as black. Not half black. Not quarter black. Not 3/4ths black. Black.
To put it in more scientific terms, the American racial experience has been one of phenotype, not genotype."
There you go! Points for the most seemingly-inocuous-but-actually-very-real hurdle to clear in the matter of becoming president. But of course, I wouldn't call either Nixon or Carter good-looking men. And there was that guy Lincoln who had a beard I believe...
Lincoln did not have to deal with a mess media of pictures and videos that presidents do today. Today, a beard would be perceived as burly, perhaps not as clean as a shaven face.
Nixon was indeed a bit ugly, but now with color TVs and even larger media he might have a tougher time today. Carter at least had a smile to use. A lot of ignorant voters today consider things like looks.
I doubt many would notice that. A president with a handicap? FDR had to hide it. Perhaps the chances are better today, but people care too much about strength and would still view any limping as a weakness.
Well, on the height thing, the data is pretty overwhelming ([link]), but as they say, correlation does not equal causation. Disabled? Hmm...you might be right. But if it was a war injury, it would be an advantage.
I have honestly never once cared about the a president's (or any other elected official's) political party, skin color, race, ethnicity, gender, or religion. I feel like those should not even matter. I vote for the person whose idea align closest to mine. I do my research carefully and vote for who I think has the best ideas. I don't understand why political party, skin color, race, ethnicity, gender, or religion is even a factor.
Oh btw I honestly do believe that Obama is Muslim and was elected only because he is black but I couldn't pass this forum up.
Hillary is running in 2016. So there's that. Jill Stein SHOULD be a contender but won't be.
A gay president? Not even close. A Jewish president? Mormonism doesn't have hundreds of years of persecution. An atheist president? No way. Too many stupid people. A Muslim president? One of the Republican nominees wanted to not allow Muslims in government and wanted to get rid of Mosques. No way a Muslim could win.
Ok I'm waiting for someone to jump in here and say "See? See? Flag on the play! Identity politics! They're saying they'll vote for someone just because she's a black female lesbian atheist, but they'll criticize me for saying I WON'T vote for someone for those exact same reasons! Not fair."
the Question created by Steve Ditko..who also created Spider man, Dr Strange, Dr Octopus, the Sandman, J Jonah Jameson, Captain Atom, Hawk and Dove, The Green Goblin, the Mastermind (Hulk), and Shade the Changing Man. He also designed the first Red and Gold armor for Ironman
A very tall man who literally has no face and snow white skin, stalks people, eats kids, has tentacles that can come out his back and/or hands, always wears a black suit. He'll leave you alone if you give him $20.