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I don't think anyone in America would ask you where you are from. Despite our checkered past, it would be assumed, until you spoke, that you are American by birth. I was stationed in England during the late fifties, and any black face you saw at that time was probably an American airman. They had no trouble dating British girls. For Europeans, different racial backgrounds in their home country is a relatively new experience. and it may be some time before they stop asking you silly questions. However, silly questions are better than the long climb to the top by African-Americans. I must confess to being a big fan of Martin Luther King. Coming from the South myself, I can fully appreciate his courage.

I would like to see Obama be a success, but his economic advisers are part of the problem and not a solution. The Ivy League is overrated.