I must say I was impressed with Obama's speech on race and racism—not just by the message itself, but rather that it was spoken by a serious presidential contender. As has been said by others, this may be a landmark speech. Of course, who better to use the issue of race relations to his advantage than a multiracial candidate?
I remember last year when critics wondered if he wasn't black enough. Then he became the "black candidate", thus not white enough. Now I think he can successfully be both.
By the way, it's been just over a year since we witnessed this from Clinton. (apologies for the FNC context)