Barack Hussein Obama will be sworn in as president tomorrow for a second term, on the holiday honoring the person I have long regarded as the greatest American this nation has ever produced. Obama will be in the foreground, but Martin Luther King, Jr. is the backdrop.
I've heard people exclaim that President Obama is the fulfillment of Dr. King's dream.
Well, not exactly.
Obama might be a good down payment, but he is not the fulfillment of King's dream. We're still a long way away from that.
The interrelated triple threat of poverty, militarism and racism that King talked about still looms large in a yet-deeply-divided America.
In the spirit of MLK, it's time for President Obama to deliver a major policy speech on the eradication of poverty in America. He ought to tell us how the richest nation in the history of the world is going to confront the scourge of poverty.
In the spirit of MLK, President Obama should rethink the random use of his favorite weapon - the unmanned aerial vehicle, better known as "drones," which have killed too many innocent women and children.
In the spirit of MLK, President Obama should not continue to feel boxed in by his blackness, but feel liberated in a second term to find ways to push back on the most intractable issue in America -- racism.
The president wants to channel King so badly that he's decided to use Dr. King's Bible at the inauguration ceremony tomorrow.
Source: CBS News