I will say at the outset that there is little that I agree with in President Obama's policies. But I try to give credit where credit is due.
I have been watching the ceremonies at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, marking the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday". I listened to Representative John Lewis, one of the original marchers 50 years ago and now a Congressman from Georgia. And then I listened to Barack Obama speak.
Mr Obama spoke eloquently about the progress made in the past fifty years and the sacrifices made by so many over the years. He spoke of the progress yet to come and spoke of the advantages brought by the original Voting Rights Act - the direct outcome of demonstrations like Selma.
It is not just that Mr Obama is Black - it is that he speaks for so many disadvantaged segments of our divided population. He speaks for Blacks, Gays, Hispanics, women and the poor with the charge that they must work to take advantage of the American opportunities.
I can disagree with the President tomorrow. But, for today, listening to him speaking on the site of the demonstrations in Selma, I think he got it right.