Well put… Not to sound glib, but for all that The Cosby Show attempted to do in showing a different side of the black community, the Obamas brought reality to fictitious musing. Moreover, black or white, the first family illustrates what it means to be a family. I don’t recall another White House family doing it better in recent history. Much thanks!
Obama was born into a country where laws barring his very conception—let alone his ascendancy to the presidency—had long stood in force. A black president would always be a contradiction for a government that, throughout most of its history, had oppressed black people. The attempt to resolve this contradiction through Obama—a black man with deep roots in the white world—was remarkable. The price it exacted, incredible. The world it gave way to, unthinkable.
-From Ta-Nehisi Coates’s history of the Obama presidency, in The Atlantic.