In his highly regarded Philadelphia speech, made necessary by the videos of Rev. Wright (the minister who married Barak and Michelle and baptized their children), Sen. Obama stated:
"Throughout the first year of this campaign, against all predictions to the contrary, we saw how hungry the American people were for this message of unity. Despite the temptation to view my candidacy through a purely racial lens, we won commanding victories in states with some of the whitest populations in the country. In South Carolina, where the Confederate Flag still flies, we built a powerful coalition of African Americans and white Americans."
Some of the whitest populations in the country, and many of the fair minded who gladly embraced his campaign of hope, will not be played as fools in the general election. His audacity to profess for change to those who then saw him as the one individual with the ability to heal the racial wounds; to lead the country toward a more perfect union; while at the same time embracing Black Liberation Theology, will not condone a hypocrite in the highest position of the land, much less a deceiver. The Stars and Bars were not suddenly re-raised throughout the South, but the hope he deceptively offered for unity was deeply buried nationwide for many years to come.