In 2008, President Obama owed his election, at least in part, to three people: Michael Jackson, Michael Jordan and Oprah Winfrey. They made it easier for whites to judge Obama on his merits and not by the color of his skin because these black cultural icons had come before him into every home in America.
It was harder for whites to hold Obama’s race against him when their sisters grooved to Michael Jackson, their brothers wanted to be like Mike and their mothers shared afternoons with Oprah Winfrey. These black celebrities prepared the ground for a black presidential candidate to ask whites for their vote.
Things have changed for Obama over the past four years. In 2012, Obama owed his re-election to just one man. He is white, grew up in the South and is a registered Republican. His name is Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve.