Just before he became President, it was sheer Inspiration. With his charm, bouncy attitude, hope and positivity, he inspired millions around the world. I saw and spoke to so many blacks who were initially sceptical, yet in a very short time, most were all willing him on.
In Germany, he had unprecedented support, and people began to look at America in Europe and abroad, in a different Light. As far as the Nobel Peace prize was concerned, he did have some criticism, but I feel that he won it even before he took office, as the seeds of inspiration was already taking root in the Hearts of many.
We forget that he was the subject of so many television pundits around the world, and leading up to the Presidency, a lot of good will was going in his direction. He also won twice, not forgetting that the race issue was in the conscious mind of many.
He followed in the footsteps of Martin Luther King; Jesse Owens and Thomas Jefferson, Kennedy, Lincoln....Dickinson and more, in contributing to the Spirit and Soul of the American Consciousness. Both white and black pride, will essentially thank him for this.