Obama’s Genie

Rubbing the lamp for better politics.

Obama is right. We are at a historic juncture. It is incumbent upon the candidates seeking our votes, and the press corps charged with reporting on these events, to do better than they seem to be doing. And as I watch Obama exhibit more and more the aura of a president, I continue to have the audacity to hope his aspirations will be realized. My most immediate hope is that the voters of Pennsylvania will be the genie in the bottle this time.

Lawrence Bobo is the W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of Sociology and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University.