"It took an accident to make this man this president of the United States. What they do to him now won't be an accident."
-- Advertisement for "The Man," 1972 movie about the first black president, staring James Earl Jones.
It was certainly no accident when Barack Obama was elected president in 2008. It was one thing to promise "CHANGE" in block capital letters, but Obama looked and felt like "CHANGE" sent over from central casting. Sure, running and winning as the first black president was part of that -- many Americans were delighted that after 42 (Cleveland twice) white men, the diversity that you'd see on the sidewalks of Pennsylvania Avenue was finally on display inside the house at No. 1600.