I have written about my grandmother many times, describing her as a fundamentalist Christian, the holder of what would be seen to be prejudices by modern lights, as an old fashioned talker (she said “extry” and “aig”). And I found Obama’s description of his grandmother not the least remarkable or offensive.
As for Obama as President, which I am convinced will not happen, I remember a friend of mine who consulted to the president pro tem of the Rhode Island senate on a bond issue. The solon described Rhode Island politics like this: “It’s a game of football. And the governor is the ball.”
That’s the position Obama would find himself in as President. Those old appropriations bulls will eat him alive. Foreign leaders would do the same.