Saturday, September 23, 2017
An Appointment with Destiny
By Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist)
Published February 21, 2008

You’re slipping, Hutch. Your lack of customary objectivity has finally betrayed your loyalties. I came to your site to comment on your Huffington Post article, “What Will Obama Do When There’s No Hillary Firewall?”, only to find another article that was even more partisan. In the first article you dug up everything you could think of that you indicate Republicans will be able to use against Obama in the November election—and you were right. In fact, you were so effective, that you all but built the Republicans a tailor-made swift boat. You’ve rendered the Republican Party a tremendous service in that article. As a result of your article alone, they can fire all of their researchers—you’ve done all of their research for them. And now I find in your most recent article, “What to Make of Obama’s Strange Bedfellows, Namely Blacks and White Males.” In that article you imply that Black people, along White males, have come together in a sexist coalition against Hillary to support Obama. In your final paragraph you say the following:

“Even if unconscious gender bias affects only a relatively small percent of men in a close contest between a male and female candidate in which the two are rated fairly evenly in competence, qualifications and experience, the refusal of many men to vote for her could harm her candidacy. Female candidates offset the male bias by getting solid support from women voters.” But I think you made a few typos in your last sentence. Didn’t you mean to say, “Female[s][should] offset the male bias by [giving] solid support from women voters.”?

I really can’t understand this Obama hatred that seems to be centered, primarily, among many Black intellectuals and leaders. First, we have a Black television host jumping up and down because the senator won’t drop everything in the middle of a hard fought presidential primary to come kiss his ring, then we have a that group of Black cynics demanding that he walk the water to earn their vote, and finally, a handful of Black pundits, intellectuals, and political leaders trying to sabotage Obama’s march into time. And, oh yes, I almost forgot those who are prudent enough to want to hedge their bet. They’re maintaining a silence so profound that it’s deafening. In fact, I didn’t think Sharpton was capable of keeping such a low profile—it makes one almost wish this year would never end.

I find this situation very sad, yet, extremely interesting-but what’s going to be even more interesting is watching these very same Black intellectuals and so-called leaders squirm when they find themselves stranded on the wrong side of history. It’s really ironic. This nation is about to bring into reality everything these people have been screaming for ever since they’ve had permission to open their mouths, and now they’re doing everything they can to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. It’s almost as though they’re afraid they’re going to lose a trusted friend—the right to fail with personal impunity (I’ll be compassionate and not even mention those who may have to find a new line of work, because they’re gonna have it rough—I don’t think the employment office has a line for social agitator).

But just in case I’m wrong, and they really don’t understand what everybody is so excited about, let me lay it out. We discussed it the very same week that Obama announced his candidacy. I told you then what was coming—in fact, now that I look back on our discussion, I’m sure you’ll agree, things are happening just like I predicted. Remember when I used the analogy of a runaway train, even before that train left the station? And remember when I compared Obama to JFK and you laughed, and that reporter from KFWB kinda looked at me sideways? I’m certain you both reflected on that when Caroline and Ted Kennedy made the very same remark in their endorsements. But I shouldn’t brag, because it really wasn’t hard to see it coming. The fact is, you’re such an astute political observer, I’m shocked that this one got past you—and even more shocked that you still don’t seem to get it.

The key was in understanding the American people. Americans love drama—and I mean that in a good way. They love the idea of hard work and sacrifice—

especially when it comes to the underdog fighting to overcome adversity, because that’s the story of America itself. And what we have in Obama is a fearless love, a fatherless child, and now, an appointment with destiny. A child with everything working against him, rising to the very top—it’s a story that’s almost Biblical in its poignancy. It’s a story that’s uniquely American—and the kind of story that will be told and retold as long as man has a yearning for hope.

Thus, every American across this land should feel blessed to be living at this moment in our history. We’re living in a time that historians will someday record as the defining moment of our legacy as a people. It’s a moment in history when America is on the very brink of disaster, and the founding fathers have literally reached back from the grave to both save this nation, and fulfill their promise to humanity. The moment in history will someday be looked back upon as the moment when America truly became one nation under God—a time when, hundreds of years from now, young people, and particularly young Black people, will look back upon our contribution to their quality of life and say, due to the courage and tenacity of that great generation of Americans, America was finally able to meet its appointment with destiny.

So you see, this is not just Obama’s story—it’s an American story. It’s a story being written by all of us, and about all of us. So Bill and Hillary can throw all the mud they like, and the Republicans can come with a fleet of swift boats, but it will all be to no avail. Because America is not about to let this opportunity pass them up. Senator Barack Obama is about to walk right into the annals of time, and he’s taking us all along with him.

Finally, note that I’m dating this communication, because thanks to the internet even the most common scribe can leave a note for posterity, and I want them to know that I could clearly see the significance of this moment. Let’s just call it, my graffiti on the walls of time.

Eric L. Wattree

Eric L. Wattree, Sr. n can be reached at

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