America's Next Top President

CNN received dozens of e-mails shortly after

posting the story, which focuses largely on

conversations about Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama

that a CNN reporter observed at a hair salon in South

Carolina whose customers are predominantly


The story states: "For these women, a unique, and

most unexpected dilemma, presents itself: Should they

vote their race, or should they vote their gender?"

An e-mailer named Tiffany responded sarcastically:

"Duh, I'm a black woman and here I am at the voting

booth. Duh, since I'm illiterate I'll pull down the

lever for someone. Hm... Well, he black so I may vote

for him... oh wait she a woman I may vote for her... What

Ise gon' do? Oh lordy!"

I too am insulted at the idea that just because I am a

person of color and a woman that I should be expected

to automatically vote for Obama or Hillary. Why are

white men allowed to look at the issues and judge for themselves and the rest of us are expected to take sides grade school style? That is racist and sexist and dumb. That is like if all the stupid people voted for Huckabee (please God let this not happen).

Still, I believe Obama and Hillary are the best

candidates. I just think overall there are too many

people running. It is like a reality show. It's like

America's Next Top President. Why don't we just let

Tyra decide? But then again she'd run into the same

problem as Oprah. I hate that people are saying that

Oprah is some kind of gender traitor because she is

backing Obama. Don't even talk about Oprah unless you

want to fight. I got a brick in my purse so watch it

(remember, ladies -- something heavy inside something

light = weapon). I think it is wonderful that Oprah is

getting involved in politics. It is brave and exciting

and gives me lots of hope for the future.

I think that is what I love about Obama -- he

represents hope. I would not be voting for him just

because I am a person of color. Race has so little to

do with it! He is all about change -- a new beginning.

His youthful optimism appeals to me and his hope for

the future enthralls me and these issues transcend

race completely. I would be voting for Hillary because

she has already been president for eight years and did an

awesome job. So my choice really for the next

president is going to be very well thought out; I am

between Barack and a familiar face.

Guess what America! People of color and women think!

Just like white men! For reals!!!