When he was talking about white concerns about affirmative action, immigration, and jobs oversees, I was dumb founded. Absolutely have I heard and even spoken some of those sentiments! What I've never heard is a politician take a contrversial issue and admit that it exists, it's not going away soon, won't be fixed overnight, but slowly we can work together to change it over time.
Also, I'm glad to see that he stood by his former Pastor. I have a lot of family in the south and have heard some outrageously racist things come from my own grandparents, aunts and uncles, BUT I still love them even though I hate what they say sometimes. We can love people, care about them, and have them involved in our lives even if they don't believe all the same things that we do. And just because I was rasied with family in my life that spoke of "nigger town" and to this day would be unaccepting if I dated outside the white race does not mean that I have those same feelings and use that same language. So it can be the same of Obama and his former Pastor.
I wish that I could hear this kind of honesty on a regular basis from both parties. Democrats, Republicans, and Independants should take note. This is what America needs, leaders who can address what is really wrong in our country and who tell us what we need to hear vs. what they thing we want to hear.
I do hope that Hillary and McCain take note. No matter who wins the general election, I'd like to see this become more of a trend. Our country isn't perfect and it's about time that a politican addresses an unspoken issue so that dialogue happens which always promotes change.