Barack Obama is as white as he is black. The one-drop rule is not a genetic law or a social fact; it is a construct of this country’s racist imagination. For Pete’s sake, he’s a distant cousin of Dick Cheney’s. We need to start stressing the idea that his universal appeal is partly due to his being white, like all the presidents before him.
Bomani Armah, "Okay, Barack. Now Show ‘Em Your White Side", Mar. 23, 2008, The Washington Post.