John M. Becker

Barack Obama Mistaken for a Waiter?

Filed By John M. Becker | July 23, 2013 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Barack Obama, Katie Rosman, post-racial, race relations, racial bias, racial profiling, racial stereotypes, racism

Official_portrait_of_Barack_Obama.jpgIt was 2003, and Barack Obama was a state senator from Illinois preparing to run for the United States Senate. He attended an elite garden party in New York City, and was one of the few African Americans at the event.

Journalist Katie Rosman of the Wall Street Journal approached Obama, who, she writes, "[looked] as awkward and out-of-place as I felt." She spoke to him about his campaign and was struck by his quiet charisma.

What happened next is striking, especially in light of President Barack Obama's comment last week that he, too, has been racially profiled. Rosman recounted in 2008:

"...what I will always remember is as I was leaving that party in 2003, I was approached by another guest, an established author. He asked about the man I had been talking to. Sheepishly he told me he didn't know that Obama was a guest at the party, and had asked him to fetch him a drink. In less than six years, Obama has gone from being mistaken for a waiter among the New York media elite, to the president-elect."

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