. . . “There are very few African-American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. ..who haven’t had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me — at least before I was a senator.”
In response to the President’s deeply personal comments, the Wall Street Journal reporter reminded readers of an encounter with Obama in 2003, then a candidate for U.S. Senate, when he was mistaken for a waiter at a NYC gathering.
Some of the best and brightest of the New York literati attended the shindig, hosted by British journalist Tina Brown, to celebrate Sidney Blumenthal’s book “The Clinton Wars,” Rosman recounted in a 2008 blog posting entitled ”Before He Was President.”
Rosman noticed Obama “as awkward and out-of-place…one of a few black people in attendance” at the party.
Feeling awkward herself, Rosman struck up a conversation with the aspiring statesman, describing him as “charismatic in a quiet, solemn way.”
As she left the party, one of the intellectual invitees, identified only as “an established author,” asked about her conversation partner, admitting that he had asked Obama to “fetch him a drink” assuming the man wasn’t a guest at the party. Read more via Weasel Zippers...