Barack Obama: Cool We Can Believe In by Paul Beatty

Save for the odd occurrence of a black contestant managing to win more than fifteen cents on “Deal or No Deal,” I rarely feel any racial pride. I’ve never experienced even the slightest pang of national pride either, yet this election cycle having cast my lot behind Senator Barack Obama, I often find myself wearing the wry, proud smile one uses to greet new born babies, friends newly released from jail, obedient puppies, and colleagues whose latest books have ended up on the bestseller list.

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