I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.-- Slow Joe Biden
Foot in mouth, to be sure, but SJB is on to something. Obama doesn't use black dialect. His demeanor is conventional, and race demagoguery isn't his stock in trade. He's the Sidney Poitier of black politicians, and he's not just coming to dinner, he wants to run the restaurant.
Obama doesn't play into whites' negative stereotypes. He's like Tom Bradley or Colin Powell in that respect. What's not to like, besides his politics?