For Barack Obama, Winning the White House Would Mean Bridging The Biggest Gap Of All--They watch him. They listen to him talk. Is he the kind of person they think he is? The kind of black man? The stakes are oh so high. It's the presidency he's after, the breaking down of a historic barrier. Can he transcend racial divisions? Is it safe to support him? Is he safe from harm while running for president in a nation of such abiding racial tension?Howie P.S.: Lynn Sweet's Chicago Sun-Times column, "Obama's MySpace fan: 'I'm stressed'," takes us to the intersection of Hype Street and Hardball Avenue.
"In politics, you have to sell yourself," she says, "and I think he's doing a heck of a job selling himself now."